The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights is a new research institute in the Law Faculty. The aim of the Bonavero Institute Student Fellowship programme is to provide financial assistance to Oxford law graduates seeking work experience in human rights law and related fields.

The Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship in Human Rights will fund an Oxford graduate student studying law with a specific focus on human rights to work on a summer project in 2017 in a developing country.    

Applicants will need to suggest their own project placement and demonstrate that the suggested project will meaningfully impact on (i) their studies, (ii) an organisation or organisations they would work with in a developing country, and (iii) the Law Faculty. The project should be undertaken in a developing country in the summer vacation (three months project duration). In exceptional cases, the project might be undertaken in a developed country, if it would make a significant contribution to human rights.

The Travelling Fellowship should complement the student’s academic work with practical experience of: rights’ violation litigation, case-led or policy-driven research, and/or advocacy at community and government levels. The areas of focus for the proposed projects could include: advancing education and health rights; women and children’s rights; freedom of expression; genocide; refugees’ rights; and inheritance law.  Projects in other areas that fall within the broad field of human rights will also be considered.

The successful candidate will receive a £4,000 award to cover travel, living and other project expenses related to the travel and research to be undertaken.

If you wish to apply for the Samuel Pisar Travelling Human Rights Fellowship, please submit the following to by noon, on Monday, 8 May 2017:

1. A letter of application describing how your proposed travel project meets the criteria of the Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship.

2. A CV, which should indicate what previous work you have undertaken in the broad field of human rights law, including whether you have been an active member of Oxford Pro Bono Publico or undertaken other public interest work.

3.  Official transcripts.

4.  A brief description of your project.

5.  Two letters of reference, preferably from individuals able to speak to your abilities in the field of human rights law. At least one of the referees should be your supervisor.

6.  A statement disclosing other sources of funding (eg. scholarship stipends, personal funds or college grants).

Please send your application to by 12 noon, 8th May 2017. Interviews are likely take place between 22nd–30th May 2017 and the decision will be announced by 12th June 2017.

The fellowship has been made possible by a generous gift from Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.