The International Institute for Genocide and Human Rights Studies (A Division of the Zoryan Institute) is pleased to announce the “Roupen Baboujian Scholarship Fund” for its Genocide and Human Rights University Program (GHRUP) hosted annually at the University of Toronto. Thanks to the generous donation of the Baboujian family, this annual scholarship will be allocated to deserving graduate-level students who are dedicated to continuing their work in the field of Genocide and Human Rights Studies. 

This scholarship fund is dedicated to the memory of the late Mr. Roupen Baboujian who had dedicated his entire life to serving his community. He was widely known for his warmth and sincere kindness, and he was commonly referred to as “Hayrig” meaning “father” by children and adults alike. 

The Institute had the tremendous pleasure of having Mr. Baboujian’s grandson, Sam, as one of its staff members in Summer 2018. During his tenure with us, he was instrumental in the launch of the Institute’s new series of publications titled, Diasporas, and assisted with the 17th annual GHRUP at the University of Toronto. 

On behalf of the Institute’s Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Baboujian family for investing in the next generation of genocide and human rights scholars, activists and changemakers.


The Genocide and Human Rights University Program is approaching its 19th year. This course is taught by a team of leading specialists and incorporates genocide theory, history, sociology, political science, anthropology, psychology, and international law. The GHRUP seeks to provide participants with the intellectual framework to understand the numerous complex issues related to genocide through an examination of major case studies that provide the foundation for comparative analysis. For more information please visit