The Bonavero Institute of Human Rights Student Fellowship Programme provides access to a number of internship opportunities. They are offered by a range of organisations including 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.  Fellowships have different eligibility requirements but visiting students and students outside the Faculty of Law at Oxford are not eligible to apply.

The Bonavero Institute also partners Oxford Pro Bono Publico with its internship programme and has coordinated its call for internship applications with Public International Law's Oxford Global Justice Programme.

Although each Fellowship is unique, we try to ensure that they 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)


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