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COVID-19 Update



The 2021 Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) will tentatively be held in Toronto from August 2-13, 2021. This is dependent on being able to ensure the safety of students, faculty members and the Institute's staff. 

Due to the ongoing global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on universities, workplaces and international travel, the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) has made the following changes to the application process for its 2021 Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP):


  • Should the Institute need to cancel the 2021 GHRUP, this will be done on or before April 1, 2021

  • Students will not be required to pay the $25 application fee until after April 1, 2021, upon the confirmation that the 2021 program will take place

  • Students may be required to give proof of vaccination before attending the program. We will continue to provide updates on this regard as things develop.

  • Virtual, e-learning opportunities may be available in the place of the GHRUP. We will keep you updated as things develop. 


These measures have been put in place with the hope that the spread of COVID-19 will be sufficiently reduced in the coming months, and that vaccines will become more widely distributed. Should any new developments arise in the coming months, we will be sure to notify you accordingly.


Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree.
All complete applications are reviewed in June by the Admissions Committee, consisting of university professors and IIGHRS Academic Board members. Because of the seminar nature of the course, only a limited number of applicants are admitted to the program. Selection will be based on a combination of strength of interest, scholastic aptitude, and relevance of the course to the candidate's future.  
International students should apply as early as possible due to potential complications with obtaining a visa.


Students interested in applying to the GHRUP program must download and complete the application form below and submit the following:


  • Most recent university transcripts

  • 2 letters of recommendation

  • Resume

  • Application essay: a personal narrative on your passion for making a difference and how you envision that fits with the GHRUP program (maximum 2 pages)


Please send all completed forms, with the exception of the Recommendation Form that will be e-mailed directly by your referee, to



Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
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GHRUP Graduate, who returned to the course as a faculty member

There are three things that I have always appreciated about the GHRUP. First, who spends their summer learning about genocide? To be in the company of these people is very inspiring to me. The second thing is that the program changes and adapts according to the literature. Former students have actually written things that later end up in the syllabus. The third element is the scope. You really don’t come to the program to learn about one genocide. There is a real effort to do a global survey, to the extent that this is possible.


The scholarly lineup at the program is very unique.

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