Opportunities for Faculty

The Center for the Human Rights of Children

2018 – 2019 Faculty Research Fellowship

Call for Proposals!!

Application Information

The Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for CHRC Faculty Research Fellowships for 2018-2019.  Fellowships provide $5,000 (pre-tax) for a project that supports the CHRC’s mission.  Projects work products include the following:  1) Applied Research and Scholarship, 2) Education and Outreach, or 3) Advocacy.  The deadline to apply is April 20, 2018.

Please see Faculty Fellowship Proposal 2018-2019‌ for complete application guidelines. 


Recognizing that children require special protections due to their vulnerabilities, Loyola established the Center for the Human Rights of Children (CHRC) in 2007 to pursue an agenda of interdisciplinary research, outreach and education, and advocacy to address critical and complex issues affecting children and youth, both locally and globally. CHRC applies a human rights approach to the problems affecting children, reaffirming that the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all people is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Moreover, it does so with respect for the rights and responsibilities of parents, teachers and other caregivers entrusted with raising children.  Read more about the CHRC here: www.LUC.edu/chrc.

The CHRC has identified the following three categories of local-global contemporary children’s rights issues where we can be most effective in advancing our goals. These singular issues are also often interrelated, and represent areas that build on current CHRC expertise, programming, and resources:

  1. Child trafficking and exploitation: Human trafficking and exploitation represents one of the most serious assaults on human rights. The crime of compelled labor or services and/or commercial sexual exploitation violates the dignity of body, mind, and spirit. Current efforts to understand and combat human trafficking and exploitation, however, often address survivors as one homogenous group, without recognizing the special needs of children.
  2. The impact of environmental toxins on children’s health: Environmental pollutants and their impacts affect millions of children each year.  The costs to the individual of these toxins can be school absenteeism, learning difficulties, academic failures, lack of employment, lifelong health problems, socialization problems, and criminal records. There is a critical need to raise awareness of the linkages between environmental factors and the well-being of children through a human rights framework.
  3. Vulnerable youth navigating systems alone: Currently, there is a humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children migrating alone to the United States, fleeing violence, abuse, conflict, neglect, and poverty.  Relatedly, the effects of climate change, disease, and political conflict have created increasingly larger populations of displaced and orphan children and youth.  Such children are often navigating systems and transitioning into adulthood without the proper resources or support, facing immense challenges and risks.

These three categories also represent issues driven by systemic failures. Poverty, violence and displacement from the home - both in the US and internationally - are contributing factors to a rising number of children who are exploited and trafficked. We also know there is an intimate association between the physical world in which children live and the quality of their lives. Their housing, the water that they drink, the air that they breathe, and the quality of their schools and neighborhoods each have an impact on children's health, happiness and long-term development.


To promote research, scholarship, and programming to support children’s rights, the CHRC is pleased to sponsor Faculty Research Fellowships for 2018-2019. These fellowships should address at least one of the CHRC's three issue areas:  Child trafficking and exploitation, the impact of environmental toxins on children's health, or vulnerable youth navigating systems alone. 

Projects can fall under the following categories of work products:  1) Applied Research and Scholarship, 2) Education and Outreach, or 3) Advocacy.

Examples of work products include publication in scholarly journals, white papers, a series of policy briefs, education or outreach programs, translational or applied research to support advocacy efforts, an advocacy campaign, or augmentation or enhancement of an existing project that meets the criteria above.  For more information about previous CHRC projects and fellows, please visit https://luc.edu/chrc/facultyfellows/

Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged, but not required.

Faculty Fellow Presentations

CHRC Faculty Fellows may be asked to formally present their projects and reflect on their relevancy to the Center and to Loyola’s social justice mission.


Applicants must be full-time faculty (non-tenure or tenure track) at Loyola University Chicago's Lake Shore, Water Tower, or Maywood campuses.  Endowed professors and other faculty on a 12-month appointment are eligible to apply, but fellowship funding cannot be used for a supplemental stipend. This includes deans, directors, associate deans, and associate directors. 


Adam Avrushin, JD, PhD

Associate Director

Center for the Human Rights of Children

aavrushin@luc.edu or (773) 508-8053