Associates Program

The Australian Human Rights Institute is excited to launch its Institute Associates program in 2021.

The Institute’s mission is to break silos between academic research and real-world problems to progress human rights. Our Associates’ Program aims to deliver multidisciplinary applied research to empower communities and build the next generation of human rights leaders.

The benefits of becoming an Institute Associate include:

  • Funding opportunities (seed funding, small grants)
  • Student support for research projects (volunteers organised via the Institute)
  • Administrative support, including assisting with events and advice on finance and HR matters
  • Office space and hot-desking support
  • Communications support and promotion via the Institute’s social media channels, newsletters, mailing lists and broad networks
  • The opportunity to work with leading human rights researchers and educators in the development of your work.

Applications to become an Associate of the Institute will be accepted on a rolling basis. Associates must be UNSW academics (including those at affiliated research institutes), or UNSW PhD students. 

Application forms and Terms of Membership are available here.

Seed funding

UNSW academic staff who become Institute Associates and are actively engaged in research with a full-time or fractional appointment are eligible to apply for seed funding as part of the Associates Program.

One of the Institute’s key goals is to build a strong community of people at UNSW doing human rights-related research. Our focus is on applied and multidisciplinary research that addresses real-world problems.

The Institute has identified three priority research areas – business, gender and health – but we welcome all applications that have a human rights focus.

Grants in the range of $5,000 - $10,000 will be awarded. The funds are required to be spent by 31 December 2021.

Applications for seed funding open: 5pm, 1 June 2021. Applications for seed funding close: 5pm, 16 July 2021

Applications will be assessed by the Institute Selection Committee, chaired by the Director. Further details on the selection criteria and assessment process is available here.

For further inquiries, email: