The Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) is an annual, intensive, graduate-level summer course that explores fundamental issues relating to gross violations of human rights and the prevention of genocide. Taught by leading experts over a 2-week period, this course is comparative and interdisciplinary in nature, and incorporates genocide theory, history, sociology, political science, anthropology and international law.

The GHRUP provides participants with the intellectual framework to understand the numerous, complex, and often emotional issues related to genocide. An examination of several major cases of genocide provides the foundation for comparative analysis, while the exploration of specific case studies and conceptual themes vary from year to year. This year, three new units have been added to the program: The Uyghurs, Language and Lenses of Destruction: Attrition, Disposable Peoples, and Necropolitics, and Looking Forward at Genocide and Mass Atrocity: Environment, Artificial Intelligence, and Non-Conventional Warfare. Students join from all over the world to participate in this structured forum to explore universal questions relating to human rights and their gross violations. To learn more about the 2022 program, please visit

We are pleased to announce that after the success of the 2021 online program, and due to ongoing uncertainties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) will again be hosting this program online from August 1-12, 2022.

Admissions Requirements / How to Apply

Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree.

Students interested in applying to the GHRUP program must download and complete the application forms found at 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)

All complete applications will be reviewed in June 2022. Due to the 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.

Registration for the 2022 program is now open! To apply for the 2022 online program, please visit The application deadline is on May 31, 2022.


The tuition fee is $250.00 CAD. Payment must be completed within two-weeks after acceptance to hold your seat in the program. Please pay through the Institute’s donation page:


Students who withdraw after registration will be refunded 50% of tuition fees. Program fees are non-refundable if withdrawal is made after program commencement, for any reason.

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