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 fields 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.

This Bonavero Institute Summer Fellowship at the Public Law Project (PLP) in London is generously supported through a personal donation made by Eric Lewis (of Lewis Baach, USA). The fellowship is a ten-week fellowship, tenable from early July to mid September 2017.

About The Public Law Project (PLP)

The Public Law Project (PLP) is a national legal charity which aims to advance public law and improve access to justice. Uniquely for an organisation of its kind, PLP undertakes research, policy initiatives, training and direct casework, including strategic litigation. Within this broad remit PLP has historically pursued three main objectives:

  • Increasing the accountability of public decision-makers;
  • Enhancing the quality of public decision-making; 
  • Improving access to justice.

We anticipate an intern placed at PLP will have an exciting opportunity be involved with research and policy development on current issues in civil justice and public law, such as Brexit and the Great Repeal Bill, the modernising courts agenda, and/or the impact of Part IV of the Criminal Justice & Courts Act. They may also have opportunities to assist lawyers in the casework team. 

Further information about PLP’s work can be found via their website at


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). It is also open to 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, applications may 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 civil justice and public law (including human rights law) to make an effective contribution. Usually, applicants will have taken at least one of these subjects in an Oxford taught programme or will have engaged in research in civil justice and public law as part of their studies in Oxford.

Application Process

If you wish to apply for the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights Summer Fellowship hosted by the Public Law Project, please submit the following to by noon, on Monday, 8 May 2017:

1.    A letter of application describing how your area of study is relevant to the Public Law Project and your reasons for wishing to undertake the internship

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.    Two letters of reference, preferably from individuals able to speak to your abilities in the field of public law and human rights law. In the case of current research students, at least one of the referees should be your supervisor.

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

The successful candidate will receive a maximum of £2,500 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. Interviews are likely to take place on 22nd May 2017 and the decision will be announced by 12th June 2017.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Zoe Davis-Heaney.