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Robert J. Donia Graduate Student Fellowship

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, all travel must follow current guidelines, which are detailed in the International Institute Travel Policy.

The Donia Human Rights Center Robert J. Donia Graduate Student Fellowship offers student summer grants of $5,000 to support graduate students engaged in research on human rights. Student grantees will conduct research leading to the writing of a paper on a relevant topic of their choosing. It is expected that during the spring and/or summer, grantees will devote their full time to their project in consultation with their faculty advisor(s).

Eligibility Requirements: Students in professional schools and graduate programs are eligible to apply. The grant will support a broad range of human rights issues but preference will be given to students engaged in historical research on human rights. The fellowship is limited to returning students. Students in the last year of terminal degree programs are not eligible for this fellowship.

Application Procedure: Applicants for the Robert J. Donia Graduate Student Fellowship should submit a 2-3 page proposal describing the research project they intend to carry out, including its topic, aims, method, anticipated scholarly contribution, and connection to human rights research. Applicants should also indicate the time period in which they will be conducting full-time work on their project. A letter of recommendation from a University of Michigan faculty member (preferably the student’s faculty advisor), a current transcript, and current CV should accompany the proposal. Application materials in electronic form are to be submitted to the Donia Human Rights Center at

Application deadline: Monday, January 31, 2022

Contact information: For further information, please contact

U-M College of LSA International Travel Policy

All U-M students traveling abroad for university-related purposes (i.e., participating in study, research, or internship programs organized or supported by LSA departments/units or for which LSA in-residence credit is granted) are bound by the College of LSA International Travel Policy

To receive funding/credit for their international experiences, students are required to:

  • Register their travel in the MCompass Travel Registry
  • Purchase U-M’s Travel Abroad Health Insurance and upload card to MCompass
  • Provide contact information in case of emergency on MCompass
  • Submit a safety plan if traveling to a U-M Travel Warning/Restriction destination. (Safety plans must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to departure and MUST be approved before funding can be released)

Learn more about the requirements and find travel resources on the LSA Travel website. You can also find additional resources on Global Michigan.