The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, Oxford Global Justice Programme and Oxford Pro Bono Publico are coordinating calls for fellowship and internship opportunities taking place in 2018. This will enable a clearer process and point of contact for those interested in applying. 

We suggest you list no more than four choices. We will review applications based on eligibility, justification for applying and your stated preferences. Applicants can apply to a number of the opportunities but only one fellowship or internship will [normally] be awarded per successful applicant.

Bonavero Institute of Human Rights Student Fellowship Programme

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. Most of the Institute’s student fellowships are generously supported through a personal donation made by Eric Lewis (of Lewis Baach PLLC, USA) and the Open Society Foundation. The Institute currently enables a number of internship opportunities including a scheme run in partnership with Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP). This year’s fellowships offer the following opportunities:

  • Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship for self-arranged human rights project work
  • Bingham Centre for the Rule for Law (BIICL) in London
  • Liberty in London
  • Public Law Project (PLP) in London
  • Reprieve UK in London
  • European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin
  • Namibian Supreme Court
  • Turpin & Miller Immigration Team

The Bonavero Institute is also administering the Internship Programme funded by Oxford Pro Bono Publico OPBP). This year OPBP are offering the following opportunities:

  • Women’s Legal Centre (WLC) in Cape Town
  • Centre on the Death Penalty in Delhi
  • General Internship programme.

To ensure the fellowships run as smoothly as possible, each successful applicant will be expected to liaise closely with the host organisation and the Bonavero Institute.

Further details of the Programme including schemes run in collaboration with OPBP and historical case studies, can be found here.

View the full list of opportunities

It was great to have a student fellow with us over the summer. She produced excellent work across a wide range of different areas and was a valued member of the team. I am pleased that she also found time for some of her own writing during the fellowship period. We will be delighted to continue participating in the fellowship scheme.

Jan van Zyl Smit - Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law

The Oxford Global Justice Internship Programme

The Oxford Global Justice Internship Programme is a programme initiated by the Public International Law Group within the Oxford Law Faculty. The aim of the programme is to provide financial assistance to Oxford law graduates seeking valuable work experience in international law. The programme will provide support to graduate students within the Faculty and recent Oxford law graduates who wish to undertake internships at international courts or tribunals, international organizations or public interest organizations that work on issues of public international law.

This internship programme is generously supported by the Planethood Foundation. A significant part of the funds received from the Foundation will be used to fund work which promotes the aims of international criminal justice and transitional justice. However, applications will be welcomed from candidates interested in working in other areas of international law.

The Oxford Global Justice Internship Programme will provide students with an opportunity to apply their knowledge of international law in practical ways. Students will be given the opportunity to develop their interest in international law and will obtain a valuable platform for further work in the area.

It will be the responsibility of applicants to arrange the internship or other work experience they wish to pursue. The Law Faculty will not arrange such work experience. Applicants can apply to the Oxford Global Justice Internship Programme for support enabling them to undertake work experience lasting at least three months.

Further details of the Programme, and internship reports by previously successful applicants, may be found here.

I wholeheartedly recommend this fellowship to anyone interested in working in an environment where human rights law is applied to practical effect, to uphold the rule of law and help the most vulnerable in society.

Rabah Kherbane

Eligibility

All Fellowships are open to current students pursuing a research degree or a taught graduate course in the Law Faculty (BCL/MJur/MSc/MSt/MPhil/DPhil).

In addition, the Bonavero Institute Student Fellowships and the Oxford Global Justice Internship programme are open to students currently in the final year of the BA (Jurisprudence) programme as well as to those who have graduated from Oxford Law Faculty (including the BA programme) in the past twelve months in the case of Bonavero Fellowships or the past two years in the case of Oxford Global Justice Internships.

Application Process

If you wish to apply for any of these schemes, please read the individual scheme details and submit the following to elizabeth.hodges@law.ox.ac.uk by 12 noon Thursday 10 May 2018. It is planned that interviews will take place Monday 21st 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 elizabeth.hodges@law.ox.ac.uk by the deadline of 12 noon Thursday 10 May 2018. Any applications received after the deadline will not be submitted for review.

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