CommonWealth Scholarship (Africans and South Asia)

CommonWealth Scholarship (Africans and South Asia)

Deadline: April 23, 2014

The Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, are very pleased to report that funding has been secured for seven scholarships for candidates from developing African(3) and South Asian(4) Commonwealth countries to study for the part-time Master’s in International Human Rights Law starting September 2014.

Interested applicants from the following countries are invited;

Africa: Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone , South Africa , Swaziland, Tanzania , Uganda, Zambia
South Asia: Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka


  • The scholarships provide fully funded opportunities for candidates from developing African and South Asian Commonwealth countries to study for the part-time Master’s in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, starting September 2014. Three awards are available for African candidates and four awards for South Asian candidates.
  • 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
  • Stipend to cover reading materials.


Course eligibility criteria

  • Have a first-class (1) or an upper second class (2:1) undergraduate degree (orequivalent international qualifications) in order to apply for this course. For applicantswith a degree from the USA, we normally seek a GPA of 3.5, or higher, out of 4.0. Applicants with a lower second class (2.2) degree or a GPA lower than 3.0 are unlikely to be admitted. This is the case even if you took your degree long ago, have extensive experience or hold a senior position. The degree is designed primarily for early and mid-career lawyers and the majority of admitted students have a legal background and experience of international human rights law. However, in certain circumstances, applications from persons with degrees in other subjects who have extensive human rights experience will be considered.
  • 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

Scholarship eligibility criteria:
In addition, applicants

  • Must be Commonwealth citizens of a developing African/South Asian Commonwealth country, refugees or British protected persons and be permanent residents of, and currently resident in, a developing African/South Asian Commonwealth country at the time of application and throughout the program;
  • Are expected to remain resident in a developing African/South Asian Commonwealth on completion of their studies;
  • Must not already have received or be currently receiving financial benefit from a previous Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarship.

NB: Please note also that there is a £50 application fee.

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