Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies (CHRHS)


Research Seed Grant Program

The CHRHS Research Seed Grant Program is designed to stimulate original humanitarian and human rights focused research. Awarded seed grants help fund innovation-driven approaches to increasing the effectiveness and accountability of disaster preparedness, humanitarian response, and post-emergency reconstruction as well as furthering a deeper understanding of global human rights. Application Window Now Closed. Deadline: October 2, 2020. Application Details >

Training Seed Grant Program

The CHRHS Training Seed Grant Program is designed to stimulate the development of human rights and humanitarian training initiatives. Awarded training grants help fund the planning and implementation of new curriculum, workshops, seminars, simulation-based learning, or conferences either within existing institutions or as a kick-starter for independent initiatives. Application Window Now Closed. Deadline: October 2, 2020. Application Details >

Create a NeedsList for Your Organization

CHRHS is now a vetting partner for NeedsList, a real-time, all-in-one platform that allows you to list, promote, track and manage your organization’s supply, volunteer and financial needs. NeedsList provides concrete and tangible ways for individual and corporate donors to identify how to meet needs for communities in crisis. Whenever possible, we work with local suppliers and provide an e-commerce "storefront" so users can purchase items directly through our platform. This, of course, depends somewhat on where NGOs are located and we are building out our supplier base as we go. Right now we have several tech companies looking for concrete volunteer opportunities for their employees (both remote and in person) so please feel free to think broadly -- it's great when there's a really big range of needs on your lists. We're learning and iterating alongside our NGO partners as we go and are planning to build in better functionality to streamline the process of creating lists, texting in needs from the field and all kinds of other fun stuff! 

For more information on getting a NeedsList up and running for your organization, please contact Seth Stulen (seth_stulen@brown.edu)