HRLA Bursaries

Want to take up a placement in human rights law but unsure how to fund it? The HRLA Bursary Scheme could be for you.

The HRLA Bursary Scheme 

The HRLA is pleased to announce that it will be launching a new bursary scheme in spring 2024. The new scheme will offer fully funded internships at leading human rights organisations including JUSTICE, Liberty and 5 Essex Chambers.

In order to stay up to date and receive a notification when applications open, please join the HRLA as a member.

You are welcome to take a look at the information below and our Bursary Policy and Application forms should you be considering a future application to the HRLA Bursary. 

HRLA Bursary Policy 2022

                 HRLA Diversity Monitoring Form 2022 (Pdf)                     

HRLA Diversity Monitoring Form 2022 (word)

  HRLA Bursary Application Form 2022 (Pdf)   

HRLA Bursary Application Form 2022 (word)

Further Information


A core part of the work undertaken by the Human Rights Lawyers Association Executive Committee  is the administration of an annual bursary fund, enabling those without independent financial backing to take up internships, work placements and other either unpaid or poorly paid work in human rights law.  

In 2006 the HRLA established a bursary scheme to assist law students, either those currently studying (either undergraduate degree, postgraduate studies or LPC/BPTC/Law Conversion Course) or those who have recently graduated, in undertaking such work. The Association does this in recognition of the reality that without such experience, the most capable students may miss out on these opportunities, which can lead to a disadvantage when they apply for jobs within the human rights field. 

Each year, the HRLA provides a number of grants up to £3,500 from an annual bursary fund, provided there are suitable applicants.  Applicants must first independently apply for and obtain an offer to undertake a relevant internship.  HRLA Bursaries will in most cases contribute to rather than cover total costs.  The bursary money is to be used to enable the successful applicants to undertake work related to human rights law that they would otherwise be unable to afford to do. That work need not take place in the United Kingdom, but it must be relevant to human rights law in the United Kingdom.

The applicant who receives the highest score for their application will be awarded the Peter Duffy Memorial Award. This special bursary award commemorates the innovative and groundbreaking UK human rights lawyer, Peter Duffy.

If this sounds like it could be for you, please read through the Bursary Scheme policy document which provides details on eligibility and how to apply.  

If your organisation would like to be involved in sponsoring a bursary fund, please contact our administrator.

HRLA Bursary Scheme

For information on the HRLA Bursary Scheme, please use the contact form on this page. For all general enquiries, including membership, events and upcoming projects, please use our main contact form.

Please note that the HRLA is a members organisation and as such, does not employ lawyers nor provide legal advice or support.