The first class of Human Rights Scholars at Commencement 2017.

Applying to the Human Rights Program

Program admission occurs in the fall of sophomore year. For the Class of 2024, the application for admission to the Program will be due in fall 2021 (exact date will be posted soon). There are no course prerequisites for applying to the Human Rights Program. Applicants will receive notice of admission decisions before the start of Spring Semester. Please see our program description and FAQ for more information or email with any questions about the Program.

Please note that we cannot hold space in the Human Rights Program for students who choose to take a leave of absence in the spring semester following their admission. We enthusiastically welcome students who are admitted to the Program but cannot accept their place due to a leave of absence to apply again the following year.


The 2021 application form will be posted in the fall semester approximately one month before the final deadline. The 2021 application is likely to resemble last year's application, which you can download here.

Applications will be submitted via a link posted on this page.


Prior to the application's due date, the Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights will host an information session and an open house. The dates for these two events will be posted on this page once scheduled.

Additional Application Information

Faculty Reference: You may list a reference from any faculty member, including a professor or College Dean or Head of College, or a Teaching Fellow/Teaching Assistant. Please do NOT submit a recommendation letter; providing the contact information for your reference is sufficient.

Transcript: You may submit an “unofficial academic record” (available directly from or a copy of an “official transcript” you have previously ordered. You do NOT need to order an official transcript for your application.

Electives: List only the courses; do not provide an explanation of why you are interested in taking them. Please try to avoid listing courses you are taking this semester.