There are a number of scholarships offered by the University for which students on the MSt in International Human Rights Law may be eligible. Some scholarships are open to all graduate students, some are open to students on a selection of courses (usually within a subject area) and some are specific to this course. All scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and most have additional eligibility criteria which are usually based on nationality or country of residence. We regret that departmental scholarships / studentships offered by the Law Faculty are not open to students applying for this course.

How to apply

For most of the University’s scholarships nothing more than the standard course application is usually required. If you are offered a course place you will be automatically considered for any scholarships for which you are eligible. Where a separate application is required the University’s Fees, Funding and Scholarship search tool (see below) should indicate this and include a link with full details on how to apply.

University scholarship schemes open to IHRL Master’s applicants

All applicants will be considered for the Clarendon Fund, a scholarship scheme which offers around 140 full scholarships every year to academically excellent graduate students at the University of Oxford. Since this scheme is open to all graduate applicants of any nationality it is very competitive though a number of our students have secured Clarendon scholarships in the past. Clarendon awards are usually announced in April each year.

To find out what other scholarships you may be eligible for, you should visit the University’s Fees and Funding website which includes a Fees, Funding and Scholarships scholarship search tool where you can find out what you are eligible for based on your chosen course and your nationality/country of residence (the search works best if you enter ‘international human rights law’ in the course keywords field). Listed below are the schemes which may appear in your search (in addition to Clarendon) if you are eligible. Please note that any College scholarships appearing in your search will only be applicable if that college accepts students for this course. You can visit the colleges tab of our course pages in the Graduate Studies Prospectus to check this. Please also note that the list below is not exhaustive and you may find awards listed in the scholarship search tool that are not listed below.

 

Oxford Brunsfield ASEAN Human Rights Scholarships

Up to two full scholarships available for applicants to the MSt in International Human Rights Law starting September 2019 who are nationals of, and ordinarily resident in Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), Philippines, Singapore, Thailand or Vietnam.  Please click on the above link for further information.


Oxford Kobe Scholarships

Two full scholarships are available for nationals of Japan who are applying to start any full or part-time master’s or DPhil course at Oxford. Please click on the above link for further information.


Alastair McBain International Human Rights Law Scholarship

One full scholarship is available for applicants to the MSt in International Human Rights starting September 2019 who are either (i) nationals of countries that formed part of the former Soviet Union but do not fall within the EEA* and are ordinarily resident outside of the EEA or (ii) ordinarily resident or who have received their higher education in a country of the EEA that formed part of the Soviet Union**. Priority will be given to candidates in the first category.

The scholarship covers course fees and a study support grant (towards your travel expenses to Oxford and other sundry expenses). Awards cover the two years of study.

The scholarships are funded by the McBain Family Charitable Foundation through the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: to be considered you must submit your course application by the given January deadline. Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome by 31 March 2019. If you have not heard from us by this date, then your application for an award from this fund has been unsuccessful. Please see the Standard scholarship selection terms for more information about the application and selection process.

* Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

** Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia


Future of Russia Foundation International Human Rights Law Scholarship

One full scholarship is available for applicants to the MSt in International Human Rights starting September 2019 who are nationals of, and ordinarily resident in, one of the specified former Soviet Union countries* The scholarship covers course fees and a study support grant (towards your travel expenses to Oxford and other sundry expenses). Awards cover two years of study.

The scholarships are funded by the Future of Russia Foundation.

There is no separate application process for this scholarship: to be considered you must submit your course application by the given January deadline. Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome by 31 March 2019. If you have not heard from us by this date, then your application for an award from this fund has been unsuccessful. Please see the Standard scholarship selection terms for more information about the application and selection process.

* Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan


International Human Rights Law Scholarship Fund

This fund offers partial scholarships in the region of £500 – £5000 (depending on the funds available in any given year) to assist one or more outstanding human rights advocates to attend the MSt in International Human Rights Law based on the applicant’s academic record and evidence of commitment to the furtherance of human rights. There is no separate application for these scholarships; to be considered you must submit your course application by the given January deadline. Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome by 31 March 2019. If you have not heard from us by this date, then your application for an award from this fund has been unsuccessful.


Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships

In previous years we have been able to offer up to ten full scholarships for candidates from selected African and South Asian countries to study on the MSt in International Human Rights Law. It will not be known until March 2019 whether these scholarships are available for the course starting in 2019-20 but, if funding is awarded, students who have been offered a place and fulfil the eligibility criteria, will be considered. For further information please click the above link for our dedicated Commonwealth scholarships web page.

 

Student Loans

International students are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Education or Education Department in their own country for information on national aid schemes. In some countries, students are able to apply for a student loan from the Department of Education. For US students the course is eligible for a private loan but not a federal loan and applications should be submitted via the US Loans office at the University.

Other sources of funding

Other funding, beyond scholarships and loans, may be available to assist you with your study and living costs. Please see the ‘other funding’ section of the University’s Fees and Funding website for further information.

Further advice on scholarships and funding

If you have questions (that are not already answered on the website) about any of the schemes listed on the funding search tool  or you have general questions about funding, you can contact the Fees and Funding team at the University who provide information and advice to prospective and current students as well as managing many of the scholarship schemes. They also provide advice on fee status, fee liability, hardship applications and US loan applications. Although the information on their web pages is aimed primarily at full-time students they are very happy to provide individual advice for applicants to part-time programmes.