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 next round for applications for the HRLA Bursary was due to open in spring 2020, however due to the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic we are putting the bursary on hold for the time-being. 

The HRLA Executive Committee took the decision to pause the Bursary for 2020 whilst the possibility of placements and travel are unlikely for so many who might otherwise apply.  In the meantime the Executive Committee are planning to take a wholesale look at the Bursary with a view to updating it for the 2021 round.  In the meantime you are welcome to take a look at the information below and our 2019 Bursary Policy and Application form to get a sense of the type of information sought by the HRLA to support a possible placement.

 The Bursary awards for 2019 included support for placements with UN Women, Amicus: Mississippi State Public Defender and The European Court of Human Rights.

HRLA Bursary Policy 2019

HRLA Bursary Application Form 2019


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.

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. 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.

Each year, the HRLA provides a number of grants up to £3,500 from an annual bursary fund, provided there are suitable applicants.

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.

The bursary money is to be used to enable the successful applicants to undertake work related to human rights law that he or she 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.

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 you still have questions, please contact us via the contact page.

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

Bursary Enquiries

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HRLA Bursary Scheme

For information on the HRLA Bursary Scheme, please use the contact form on this page. For all general inquiries, 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.