The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights is a new research institute in the Law Faculty. The aim of the Bonavero Institute Summer Fellowship programme is to provide financial assistance to Oxford law graduates seeking work experience in human rights law and related fields. The programme will provide support to graduate students within the Faculty as well as to recent Oxford law graduates who wish to undertake internships in a range of organisations that work in the broad field of human rights law, including the rule of law.  The Summer Fellowships will provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of human rights law to obtain a valuable platform to develop careers in this field.

The Bonavero Institute Summer Fellowship at Turpin & Miller LLP is a one-day-a-week, ten-week fellowship, tenable from late June to mid-September 2018. Some flexibility as to the dates to be worked may be possible depending on individual circumstances.

About Turpin & Miller LLP Immigration Team

Turpin & Miller LLP was established in Oxford over 15 years ago and has always been a firm dedicated to publicly funded work. Since 2002, Turpin Miller has built up a national reputation for its work. In 2012 the firm won Legal Aid Firm of the Year at the LALY Awards. They have strong links with the local community – working with Oxford University, Oxfam, Asylum Welcome, Refugee Resource, Shelter and Social Services. 

Since 2009, Turpin Miller has run a pro bono law clinic in conjunction with Oxford University (Oxford Legal Assistance). This weekly term time clinic has been hugely successful in allowing some of the most vulnerable in society obtain the access to legal advice they so desperately need. The devastating cuts to legal aid over the last the 5 years has made the project even more important.

Opportunities at Turpin & Miller LLP

This summer internship is a great opportunity for someone with an interest in immigration law and publically funded work to obtain first-hand experience. The internship takes place within Turpin Miller’s busy immigration team and would follow a programme covering legal research, casework and administration. This would include attending client meetings at the Oxford office and through the surgeries Turpin Miller run at Campsfield House Removal Centre in Kidlington.


The fellowship is open to students currently pursuing a research degree or a taught graduate course in the Law Faculty (BCL/MJur/MSc/MSt/MPhil/DPhil). 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.

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 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 to make an effective contribution. Usually, applicants will have taken at least one human rights law subject in an Oxford taught programme or will have engaged in research in human rights law as part of their studies in Oxford.

Application Process

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 successful candidate will receive a maximum of £600 to cover travel, living and other expenses associated with the fellowship. In determining the amount to be awarded, other sources of funding will be taken into account.

This Fellowship has been made possible by a generous gift from Eric L. Lewis and The Open Society Foundation.