Peter Mack and Jamie Mayerfeld Fund

The Peter Mack and Jamie Mayerfeld Endowed Fund for Human Rights provides financial resources to benefit graduate students to study and conduct research about human rights.

The Peter Mack and Jamie Mayerfeld Endowed Fund for Human Rights provides financial resources to benefit graduate students to study and conduct research about human rights.

Peter Mack and Jamie Mayerfeld take to heart the words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” They are enthusiastic supporters of the Center for Human Rights, and are proud to assist and encourage its mission to promote human rights through education, research, and civic engagement.

Peter MackBorn in Ireland, Peter Mack is Professor of Piano at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He has performed throughout the United States and Europe, as well as Australia and the former Soviet Union. His prizes include first place in the New Orleans, Young Keyboard Artists and Pacific International piano competitions. His students are frequent winners of local, national, and international competitions.

Jamie MayerfeldJamie Mayerfeld is Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. He is the author most recently of The Promise of Human Rights (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016). In this book, he develops an account of constitutional democracy as a cooperative project enlisting both domestic and international guardians to strengthen the protection of human rights.

Fund Eligibility

The Peter Mack and Jamie Mayerfeld Fund provides financial resources to benefit graduate students to study and/or conduct research about human rights. In 2022, we anticipate having approximately $3800 to distribute. Available funds may be issued in a single award or split between multiple awardees. The number of awards and amounts will vary depending on the number and quality of applications. The committee may combine this fellowship with the Lisa Sable Brown fellowship to make a more substantial award.

  • Any graduate student who is currently enrolled or will be enrolled in the upcoming academic year is eligible to apply.
  • This award is open to graduate students at all three branches of the University of Washington (Seattle, Bothell, or Tacoma).
  • The award may be used towards tuition, research, travel, books, materials, or equipment.
  • US citizenship or permanent resident status is NOT REQUIRED.

Application Materials

Applications accepted between February 14, and March 17, 2022 via the Jackson School Fellowship and Scholarship Application System (go to this link then click “APPLY” to complete application).

You will be asked to provide the following information:

  1. Biographic information, status as student, contact information, GPA, etc.
  2. CV/Resume with current contact information.
  3. Proposal that answers the following questions (approx. 1000 words):
    • A description of the research/study and the goals of the travel, if any travel is included.
    • What experiences do you have (if any) in the field of human rights?
    • Outline the purpose of your research/study and its relevance to the study of (or practice of promoting) human rights.
  4. A detailed budget describing how the funds would be used and, if applicable, how this support would supplement other funds, fellowships, and grants.
  5. Unofficial transcripts.
  6. A letter of recommendation from the student’s primary advisor or committee member. (Incoming students may provide letter of recommendation from most recent faculty member who is familiar with the student’s work).
  7. The names and full contact information (campus address, phone, and email) of two University of Washington (or past non-UW) faculty members who are familiar with your work.

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