Oxford Scholarships for African Human Rights Advocates

Deadline: April 15, 2013

Applications are invited from human rights advocates from African for full scholarships at Oxford University.  The scholarships are provided by the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission and the Vice Chancellor of the University and intended for human rights advocates who would be unable, without assistance, to take up their place on this course..

The five scholarships provide full funding for part-time postgraduate study in international human rights law at the University of Oxford, starting September 2013. The course of study is taught over 22 months and consists of two residential sessions in Oxford and two periods of distance learning. Subject to satisfactory progress, the scholarships lead to the award of a Master of Studies (MSt) in International Human Rights Law.

Scholarship Detail

Each scholarship provides course and college fees at the University of Oxford over two years, return air
travel from the scholar’s home country for each residential session and a stipend to cover living costs
during the residential sessions.


  • Applications are invited from persons in all fields of human rights practice (e.g. from international, governmental and non-governmental agencies, private practice, academics, the armed forces, medicine, the media). Most human rights work is done within a national and local context and you need not have international experience to be eligible.

In order to meet the eligibility criteria for the course itself, applicants must:

  • already hold a degree to a ‘high standard’. This usually means in British terms a high 2.1 (67% or higher) and in North American terms a grade point average of 3.5. The degree is designed primarily for early and mid-career lawyers but non-lawyers with extensive human rights related experience may also apply.
  • demonstrate a commitment to human rights based on work experience, volunteer activities or concentration on human rights and international law at university
  • have access to computing facilities sufficient to take an online course
  • meet the minimum requirements for English proficiency as set out by the University for graduate study

In addition, in order to meet the requirements of the scholarship, applicants must:

  • be Commonwealth citizens of a developing African Commonwealth country, refugees or British protected persons AND be permanently resident in a developing Commonwealth country.
  • not already have received or be currently receiving financial benefit from a previous Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship.

Important Note

With regards to submitting your application please do not follow the instructions for submitting to
Oxford but, instead, submit your completed application form (in hard copy and with all supporting
materials) to the address below by the deadline – April 15, 2013.

FAO Mr Norman Taku
Commonwealth Oxford African Scholarships
Centre for Human Rights
Faculty of Law
University of Pretoria
South Africa

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