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COVID-19 Update


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 decision to host the 2022 Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) online from August 1-12, 2022.


 Please note the following changes to the application process for the 2022 program:


  • Students will not be required to pay the $25 application fee

  • The Institute is unable to offer scholarships or the option to take the course for credit this year, thus there is no need to make this request to your institution or include this in your application documents

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.  


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



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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.