Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights

Funding Opportunities

Cultures, Citizenship, and Human Rights is the focus area of Utrecht University that conducts research on the cultural factors that shape citizenship in Europe today. It was founded on 1 May 2014 as a research initiative of the faculties of the Humanities (GW), Law, Economics and Governance (REBO), and the Social Sciences (FSW).

Citizenship is established in a public arena where law and culture interact, where divergent values encounter each other, and culture influences the way human rights are constituted both locally and globally, in Europe as well as elsewhere in the world. Who belongs where, who is protected by the law and who is not,  whose voice counts and whose not, are issues subject to renegotiation and redefinition. More insight into the convergence and tensions among the cultural, political, and legal foundations of citizenship is therefore vital to a better understanding of inclusive and resilient societies.

The members of the participating research programs develop interdisciplinary projects at the intersection of three research lines: Mediation, Sovereignty, and Contestation.

Participating researchers and PhD students are encouraged to apply for the co-funding of initiatives that support and expand on the research goals of CCHR and straddle at least two research programs.
Limited funding (max. € 10,000) is available for personnel replacement costs for the applicants and/or the remuneration of student and research assistants in order to contribute to the effect and implementation of CCHR related research. Funding can be requested for conferences, seminars, joint publications or seed money for writing a major NWO or ERC proposal.

How to apply

Grant proposals should meet the following criteria:

  1. The project addresses one or more research lines
  2. The project includes researchers from at least two research programmes

Grant proposals contain the following information:

  1. Summary
  2. Project description
  3. Expected aims and output
  4. Time schedule
  5. Detailed budget (incl. co-funding)

Grant proposals do not exceed 3 pages.

Deadlines for submission: 1 February 2017

Please submit proposals by e-mail to:

Important note: in view of the coordination for matching purposes and the resources applied for, we ask that you first submit your application to and discuss it with the person responsible within your own department (department head, Research Director and/or Director of Education) prior sending it to us.