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, from August 2018 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. 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 £3,500 award to cover travel, living and other project expenses related to the travel and research to be undertaken.

If you wish to apply for any of these schemes, please read the individual scheme details and submit the following to by 12 noon Thursday 10 May 2018. It is planned that interviews will take place Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd May 2018.

  1. An application form describing briefly how your area of study is relevant to the chosen placement(s), your reasons for wishing to undertake the internship and a statement of costs and expected expenditure for the duration of the internship. Please also disclose other sources of funding (eg. scholarship stipends, personal funds or college grants) that have been granted to you in respect of this internship or for which you have applied. We also require you to list your chosen internships in order of preference.
  2. A CV (maximum 2pp) which should indicate what previous work you have undertaken, relevant to your application, including whether you have been an active member of any of the organisations or groups linked with the schemes you are applying for.
  3. Official transcripts (scanned copies).
  4. Two letters of reference, preferably from individuals able to speak to your abilities in the field of international law and/or human rights law. In the case of current research students, one of the referees should be the applicant’s supervisor.

All applications should be sent electronically to  by the deadline of 12 noon Thursday 10 May 2018. Any applications received after the deadline will not be submitted for review.

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