The Bonavero Institute seeks to enrich the human rights experience of Oxford students, and to assist them to develop careers in the broad field of human rights. Its “Gateways to Human Rights Research and Practice” initiative aims to deepen student engagement with the institute’s research projects and to provide insights into human rights practice. Several programmes form part of this initiative: Non-credit Courses on Human Rights Strategy, Research Training Programmes, various opportunities for Human Rights Mooting, the Collaborative Legal Aid Clinic at HMP Huntercombe and our Summer Fellowship Programme.
The aim of the Bonavero Institute Student Fellowship programme is to provide opportunities for students to apply their knowledge of human rights law to obtain a valuable platform to develop careers in this field. Students will have the opportunity to work with a range of organisations working in the field of human rights law, including the rule of law. These include senior appellate courts, world-leading NGOs and research institutions. The Student Fellowship Programme gives our students a chance to explore their professional options in a variety of unpaid placements, both within the UK and across the world. Due to the current Global Pandemic, it is likely that some placements will take place online in 2021.
Although each Fellowship is unique, we try to ensure that all provide the following common outcomes:
- Experience of working with the chosen partner on a defined project(s) or programme of work, which creates real value for the host organisation and a valuable learning experience for the student
- Interaction with an assigned supervisor or mentor within the host organisation
- A bursary to assist with travel and/or accommodation (this is not payment for work)
The fellowships will provide financial assistance to Oxford graduates seeking work experience in human rights law and related fields. The programme will provide support to graduate students within the Faculty of Law and at other departments with a previous law degree, as well as to final year undergraduate students about to graduate from the BA (Jurisprudence). Please note that the Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship and the OPBP Internship Schemes have more limited criteria.
All student fellowships are full time, allowing some flexibility if required (and as pre-arranged with the Bonavero Institute and host organisation). The only exception to this is the Turpin and Miller scheme which is on a 3 days per week basis.
The fellowship is open to students currently pursuing a research degree or a taught graduate course in the Oxford Law Faculty (BCL/MJur/MSc/MSt/MPhil/DPhil). It is also open to graduate students in other faculties or departments of the University of Oxford with a previous law degree.
In addition, the programme is open to students currently in the final year of the BA (Jurisprudence) programme or those who have graduated from Oxford Law Faculty (including the BA programme) within the last twelve months. Please note that the Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship and the OPBP Internship Schemes have more limited criteria.
Applicants may be about to complete their graduate degrees in Oxford or, in appropriate cases and after consulting their supervisor, may be seeking to intermit their studies in order to undertake the internship.
Applicants may apply to more than one of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights Fellowships. Where applications are made for more than one fellowship, applicants should indicate their order of preference with regard to the different fellowships.
Applicants should demonstrate from their qualifications, especially their studies in Oxford, that they have sufficient knowledge of human rights law, public law, international law and/or constitutional law to make an effective contribution. Usually, applicants will have taken at least one of these law subjects in an Oxford taught programme, will have engaged in research in one or more of these subjects as part of their studies in Oxford and/or will have had practical experience working with human rights organisations.
The application process consists of a written application, followed by an interview.
- Written application
If you wish to apply for any of these schemes, please read the individual scheme details and submit your application electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12 noon (UK time) Friday, 26th February 2021.
Please include the following documentation:
- A completed application form.
- Your CV (max 2 pages) 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.
- 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. Please note, references can either be submitted by the applicant or sent directly to email@example.com by the referees. These need to be sent through as pdf attachments.
- Official transcripts (scanned copies)
- A letter (max 2 pages, no addressee required) explaining the following:
- Explain your own reasons for wishing to undertake the internship (approx. 200 words).
- Explain how your area of study is relevant to the chosen placement (approx. 200 words).
- In case you wish to apply for various placements, please clarify your preferences and explain your different motivations in one letter (which may be slightly longer).
- If you are proposing an organisation to work with or a travel grant (e.g. for the Samuel Pisar Fellowship), please explain your proposed project (approx. 300 words). Please clarify whether this project is already confirmed, e.g. whether you are already in touch with the organisation.
- Please include a budget/ overview of planned expenditure for the proposed placement (Travel, Accommodation, Subsistence, Other, TOTAL).
- Please list other (potential) sources of funding (e.g. scholarship stipends, personal funds or college grants that have been granted to you in respect of this internship or for which you have applied) – please include the amount.
Please make sure that all files are sent in pdf format and that file names include your name.
All applications should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org, by the deadline date. Any applications received after this deadline or in the incorrect format, will not be submitted for review.
It is planned that interviews will take place Wednesday 10th March 2021 (to be confirmed). Interviews will take place online via Zoom.