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DHRC Pilot Faculty Grant for Book Preparation Workshops

All travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.

Program Summary

The Donia Human Rights Center (DHRC) will provide up to $10,000 to help support the organization of one conference or workshop by University of Michigan faculty during the 2021-22 academic year in connection with the preparation of a book or other published or publicly disseminated product with a human rights theme. Faculty may apply on their own or in teams, with preference given to proposals that seek to foster interdisciplinary approaches and scholarship.

Funds will be disbursed by the DHRC to the recipient’s home unit (or units, in the case of a joint proposal), which will have responsibility for hosting the conference/workshop. All proposals require the signature of the key administrator of the applicant’s home unit, acknowledging the unit’s involvement in hosting the proposed event.


Each applicant to organize a conference/workshop must be a tenure-track or tenured member of the University of Michigan/Ann Arbor Faculty. Groups of two or more U-M/Ann Arbor faculty, or faculty in conjunction with graduate students, are also eligible to apply. A U-M/Ann Arbor faculty member may organize the event in conjunction with a faculty member from another institution. 


Up to $10,000 per conference/workshop.

Application Deadline

August 15, 2021

Application Procedure

Download the Seminar and Workshop Application and submit the completed form to the DHRC by email to

Application Review Process and Guidelines

A faculty committee of DHRC Faculty Associates will review the applications. Applicants may be asked to meet with the committee or DHRC staff to discuss the proposed budget and logistics of the event; changes to the proposal can be made in response to this meeting. Applicants will be notified by the Center approximately eight weeks after the application deadline.

Additional requirements are as follows:

  • The event can be used for the preparation of a multi-authored or single-authored project. The funds cannot be used in lieu of U-M departmental funding for a book manuscript workshop to produce a first book from a dissertation. 
  • The application should specify in detail the nature of the project; the human rights aspects or focus of the project, including its original contribution to scholarship or practice concerning human rights; the purpose of the conference/workshop; the participants involved in the conference/workshop (with some specific intended invitees); the time frame for the workshop; the time frame for the final project; and the intended mode of dissemination (e.g., book, journal symposium, or other work, including publication offers if already obtained). 
  • All sponsored conferences/workshops must include a public component. This component could involve a panel of invitees to the conference/workshop, an address or keynote by one invited participant from outside the University, or opening of some or all of the sessions to faculty and students from U-M and surrounding universities. Applications should explain whether the conference/workshop will generally be open to students (undergraduate and/or graduate) as observers or participants. 
  • The proposed events should be multidisciplinary (though the final product may be intended for a disciplinary-specific publication).
  • Up to $1000 of the grant may be used as an honorarium for one invited participant to give a public address. Otherwise, all funds must be used for travel and hosting of participants exclusively for the conference/workshop.
  • Partnerships with other U-M centers and programs, both those within the International Institute (II) and outside of the II, are encouraged. Applicants should describe efforts they have made or will make to obtain funding from their home department or other campus units.
  • U-M’s travel expense policy and LSA’s hosting policy will apply.