The Helena Kennedy Room at the Bonavero Institute is an alternative workspace providing opportunities for inter-generational knowledge exchange. The space is shared between graduate students and academics alike and is part of the Institute's broader commitment to establishing a community for human rights researchers across Oxford and beyond.

Students working in the areas of human rights law, public law, public international law, the rule of law and/or related fields are welcomed to apply for a six month residency in the reading room. Twelve students will be allocated a work space from 7 May 2018 to 30 October 2018. An additional call will be published for the six months following, November 2018 through to April 2019.

We hope that most if not all postgraduate students who wish to spend six months at the Bonavero Institute will be accommodated for at least one six-month period during the course of their studies. 

If your application is successful, you will be offered a dedicated space within the Helena Kennedy Reading Room and you will be invited to bring your own devices to be used over WiFi (OWL or EduRoam). All laptops must have suitable and up-to-date anti-virus software. We may ask to check this on arrival. Access to the Reading Room will be between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Our student residents will...

  • Get the chance to be part of a growing international community of human rights researchers and practitioners
  • Meet and work alongside the Bonavero Institute's Research Visitors and Academic Affiliates
  • Be able to share experiences and interests with one another and with major scholars and practitioners working in their fields of interest
  • Add value to their studies and research skills through collaboration and discussion
  • Be in the know about all current events taking place at the Bonavero Institute
  • Have access to the Institute's facilities, including kitchen, tea, and coffee

Please note, formal student residencies work separately to our informal hot seat scheme for DPhil/MPhil students working in human rights and related subjects. Hot seats will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis.