Human Rights Scholarships


Santander Human Rights Scholarships

The Santander Human Rights Scholarship Program provides three one-time awards of £10,000 to be used toward the cost of tuition for the master’s program in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. While all of those in the program are eligible for the awards, individuals who are from Santander Network countries will receive priority over others. Awardees are generally notified in March for programs that begin in September of the same year.

Erasmus Mundus Human Rights Policy and Practice Scholarship

This scholarship funded by the EU Commssion is dedicated to the highest qualified students fulfilling the criteria set forth by the consortium. The scholarship is not only covering all tuition fees and insurances but additionally contributes to accomodation, visa and travel costs. Students with and without EU citizenship are eligible to apply. Depending on the students’ status an 8000 € installment plus a monthly stipend of 1000 € may apply – if students are Non-EU citizens and did not work/study in the EU for a total of 12 months over the past 5 years. EU citizens may receive a monthly grant of 500 € for the total duration of 24 months.

Brunsfield Oxford ASEAN Human Rights Scholarship

The Brunsfield Oxford ASEAN Human Rights Scholarship program provides two full scholarships to cover the cost of the MSt degree program in international human rights law. To qualify for the scholarship, candidates must be from one of the following ASEAN nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam. Awardees are usually chosen in March for programs that begin in September of the same year.

International Human Rights Law Scholarship Fund

Every year, the International Human Rights Law Scholarship Fund awards scholarships of £500 to £5000 to individuals with proven excellence in the field of human rights. The awards are used to cover part of the cost of tuition for the master’s in International Human Rights Law program at the University of Oxford. Open to students from around the world, the program awards scholarships based on academic excellence with recipients receiving notification in March for programs beginning in September.

Ford Foundation Scholarships

The fully funded Ford Foundation scholarships provides financial support to students of all ages for a maximum period of three entire years. Fellows are selected from countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and Russia, where the Ford Foundation maintains active overseas programs. The fellows are chosen based on their leadership skills and committment and also based on their academic performance. Students with a focus interest on democratic values, poverty reduction, combating injustice and promoting international development are especially encouraged to apply. The Ford Foundation Scholarship covers up to $25,000 maximum per academic year.

Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) – Scholarship

The Scholarship Programme of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung provides international students who study in Germany with scholarships of 4-7 months. Up to 40 students from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe may qualify for the scholarship programme every year.  Foreign scholarship holders may receive 650 € to 1000 € per month depending on their current academic level. Health care costs will be covered as well. Students who plan to work during their students may not earn more than 400 € per month or the additional income will be credited against the scholarship. For choosing the right candidates FES does not only take your grade into consideration but also social and political involvement. Students are expected to be living in Germany before they apply and have to provide proof of an adequate command of the German language by submitting a language proficiency certificate ( C 1, TestDAF).

Oppenheimer Scholarships

The Oppenheimer Scholarships program provides partial scholarships to at least two graduate students studying at the University of Oxford on an annual basis. To be considered for the award, individuals must have received their bachelor’s degrees from a university located in South Africa. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with recipients usually being selected in May of each year. The scholarship is given in honor of Harry Frederick Oppenheimer, a South African businessman who opposed apartheid.

Oxford Kobe Scholarships

The Oxford Kobe Scholarship program awards two full scholarships to students who are enrolled either full-time or part-time in any master’s degree or doctorate program at the University of Oxford. One scholarship will be awarded for a program offered through St Catherine’s College, while the other may be used for a program in any of the university’s colleges. This scholarship is available only to Japanese nationals. Awardees are notified in May of each year.

Saïd Foundation Oxford Scholarships

Every year, the Saïd Foundation Oxford Scholarship program awards scholarships to graduate students who are from Lebanon, Syria, Palestine or Jordan. Funded by the Saïd Foundation, the scholarships are open to all fields of study but a separate scholarship application must be completed to be considered for the awards. The deadline is usually sometime in November of each year.

Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship

The Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship program awards as many as 10 students for human rights advocates who are from specific South Asian and African countries. These awards cover the cost of the MSt progam in Internal Human Rights Law. A separate application is required for consideration. The application deadline is typically sometime in April for programs beginning in September of the same year.

University of Essex PhD in Human Rights (UK)

The Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex (UK) is accepting ongoing applications for PhD scholarships in the broad sphere of Human Rights. The position is available for either part or full time study. Scholarships are supported by the Consortium of Arts and Humanities South East as well as the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The latter has £17 million in funding for five years which makes this opportunity a potentially lucrative one. To qualify for a scholarship, you either have to hold a UK passport or be from an EU country. Applicants are encouraged to apply through the University’s online system. To apply, submit English language tests (IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson), transcripts of your undergraduate and MA level studies, certificates of previous awarded degrees, a personal statement, personal reference, and a research proposal. For your research proposal, it is recommended that you contact academic staff in the department to potentially find a research supervisor.