Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Human Rights Film Series Student Grant Competition:

Ted Roach for 120 Days

Maniko Barthelemy for The Unlikely Sex Offenders

We look forward to sharing their projects with the AU community in the spring 2011 semester!

Deadline: Proposals are due on Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 5 p.m.


Are you interested in the intersection of human rights and media?  Do you have an idea to use media to make an impact or raise awareness around a human rights issue? Well, here’s your chance to get some funding to make it happen!

As part of the 11th Annual Human Rights Film Series, we are launching a student grant competition to support student activities at AU around human rights and media.  The winners will receive up to $1,000 to put toward creating a media project that furthers the AU and broader community’s understanding of issues involving human rights.  

Projects may use media to promote or advocate on behalf of a particular human rights issue or to explore the intersection of human rights and media.  Proposals for panel discussions, innovative awareness campaigns, short films, web-based projects, public art installations, zines, new media, theater, the publication of prose or verse, multimedia or other innovative projects are all eligible.  Proposals will be judged on the ability to raise awareness around an issue in an innovative and perhaps even provocative way.  Winning proposals must be implemented by the end of the Spring 2011 Semester.   This is an excellent opportunity for you to bring make your ideas into reality and help promote human rights around AU and beyond.   Open to graduate and undergraduate students.  Apply today!


Award Information:

  • Awards of up to $1,000 granted to an individual or group of AU graduate/undergraduate(s)
  • Grant funds must be used by the end of the Spring 2011 Semester
  • This competition will not fund projects solely for research

Eligibility Information:

  • Applicants must have graduate or undergraduate status in a degree-granting program at American University for the 2010-2011 academic year  
  • Applicants can enter as individuals or groups of students
  • Applicants may submit only one proposal

Proposal Information:

  • Must be submitted as a Word Document
  • Must include the following sections:
    • 1) Project Overview - What is the Project and why is it important?
    • 2) Project Goals - What do you hope to achieve with the project?
    • 3) Project Outline - How are you going to do what you set up to do?
    • 4) Team Member Biography - Who is going to do it?
    • 5) Budget - How are you going to spend the money and on what?  If the proposal is for more than $1,000, where is the rest of the money going to come from? 
    • Proposals lacking any of these sections will not be reviewed. 
  • Proposal length should be no longer than 2 pages including budget.


Proposals should be emailed to  Please make the subject line of the email ‘Human Rights Student Grant Competition’.

Direct Inquiries to:

Kate Fenner, WCL Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law  |  202.274.4192