There are a number of  funding opportunities offered by the University for students taking the Master’s in International Human Rights Law. Some scholarships are University-wide (i.e. they are open to students on multiple courses including this one), some are linked to a specific college, and some are only for 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

Most of the University’s scholarships do not have a separate application process and candidates will automatically be considered if they meet the eligibility critieria for the scholarship and they submit a course application by the second application deadline of 22 January. Other scholarships may require the applicant to tick a box on the application form or to complete a separate/additional application; please check the instructions carefully for each scholarship.

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 schoalrships 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 tool to search for funding 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 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. Please visit the colleges tab of our course pages in the Graduate Studies Prospectus to check this.


  • Oxford Kobe Scholarships: offers two full scholarships every year to graduate students at the University of Oxford who are nationals of Japan. Selection is expected to take place in May 2016.
  • Saïd Foundation Oxford Scholarships: offers two scholarships every year to graduate students from the Middle East (the scholarships are open to Jordanians, Lebanese, Palestinians and Syrians resident in the Saïd Foundation’s target countries – please refer to the Foundation’s website). Successful applicants will be notified of the result in April 2016.  Please note that this scholarship requires a separate application to the Said Foundation by 30 November 2015 in addition to the course application.
  • Brunsfield Oxford ASEAN Human Rights Scholarship: offers three full scholarships to candidates from an ASEAN country to study on the MSt in International Human Rights Law, starting September 2016. Successful applicants will be notified of the result by 31 March 2016. Full details, including eligibility criteria, are provided in this guidance note.
  • Commonwealth Distance Learning Scholarships: subject to confirmation of funding, offers up to ten full scholarships  for human rights advocates from selected developing African and South Asian Commonwealth countries to study on the MSt in International Human Rights Law, starting September 2016.  Successful and reserve applicants will be notified by 31 March 2016 and asked to submit an additional application to the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. Final results are expected in July 2016. Further information is available in this guidance note.
  • Santander Human Rights Scholarships: offers three one-off awards of £10,000 each, to be allocated towards tuition fees for students admitted to the MSt in International Human Rights Law, starting September 2016. Preference is given to candidates who are ordinarily resident in one of the countries within the Santander Network. Successful applicants will be notified of the result by 31 March 2016. Full details, including eligibility criteria, are provided in this guidance note.
  • International Human Rights Law Scholarship 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. By applying for a course place by the January deadline you will automatically be considered. Successful applicants will be informed of the outcome by 31 March 2016. If you have not heard from us by this date, then your application for an award from this fund has been unsuccessful.

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.