2019 Dodd Prize: Call for Nominations











Dodd Prize BustThe Dodd Prize is awarded biennially by the University of Connecticut and is presented to an individual or group who has had significant impact advancing the cause of international justice and global human rights. The prize commemorates the distinguished career in public service of Sen. Thomas J. Dodd who, as Executive Trial Counsel to the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg and a Connecticut Senator from 1959 to 1971, fought against the violation of human rights in the United States and around the world.

2017 Dodd Prize Award Ceremony

Donna McKay, Executive Director of Physicians for Human Rights, speaks during the award ceremony for Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights held in the Simon Konover Auditorium of the Dodd Center on November 2, 2017.

Phase I: Nomination Process

Individuals and groups may be nominated for the prize by members of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center Advisory Board, by previous winners of the Dodd Prize and other prominent human rights organizations and practitioners, and members of the public.  Self-nominations are acceptable.

Nomination letters shall include the following:

  1. Nominator information including, name, permanent address, telephone number, email, and relationship to the nominee.
  2. General nominee information including, name, permanent address, telephone number, and email, and website.
  3. Background information on the nominee and their efforts to support the human rights movement nationally or internationally and, in particular, their specific human rights interest.
  4. Description of how the human rights work of nominee aligns with the strengths of the University of Connecticut's human rights programs.


Phase II: Full Application Process

Individuals or organizations selected as finalists by the Dodd Prize Selection Committee will be notified by October 17, 2018 and invited to submit a full dossier including:

  1. Description of the impact of this individual’s or organization’s efforts on work in their own country and human rights efforts in the world community.
  2. Description of how the individual or organization has used innovative practices to support their human rights issue/cause and/or how their advocacy has affected human rights practices that have been developed nationally or internationally.
  3. Description of how the nominee’s efforts have affected other human rights programs within their country.
  4. Description of how the prize will be used, and what sort of impact do you anticipate the prize will have on your ongoing outreach efforts.
  5. Supporting documentation that may be available including books, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, websites, annual reports, or other appropriate publication or data.
  6. Two letters of support.


2017 Dodd Prize Award Ceremony

Molly Melching, center, founder and chief executive officer of Tostan, speaks during the ceremony to award the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights held at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Oct. 15, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Selection Criteria

Letters of Nomination and Finalist Dossiers are reviewed by a Selection Committee, composed of three members of the National Advisory Board and UConn faculty.  Finalists and Prize winners are selected based on a range of criteria, including:

  • Reputation of the nominee within the human rights community;
  • Nominee’s past and potential future impact on the realization of human rights and/or international justice;
  • Potential for the Dodd Prize to enhance the impact of the nominee’s work; and
  • Alignment between nominee’s work and the strengths of the University’s human rights program*.

*Nominators are encouraged to consult the Dodd Center's website, as well as that of the UConn Human Rights Institute for current areas of emphasis.

Anticipated Timeline

August 2018

Call for Nominations

October 1, 2018

Deadline for Letters of Nomination

October 17, 2018

Selected applicants are notified and invited to submit full application materials

December 3, 2018

Deadline for Invited Finalist Application

March 1, 2019

Dodd Prize awardee(s) notified

March 15, 2019

2019 Dodd Prize awardee/s and ceremony date are announced