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 Bursary awards have been decided for 2019 and include support for placements with UN Women, Amicus: Mississipi State Public Defender and The European Court of Human Rights.

The next round for applications will open in spring 2020


HRLA Bursary Policy 2019

HRLA Bursary Application Form 2019


The HRLA recognises that those without independent financial backing can sometimes be unable to take up internships, work placements and other either unpaid or poorly paid work in human rights law. He or she may therefore miss out on these opportunities and this can lead to their being disadvantaged when applying for jobs within the human rights field. To assist people in this position, 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 will provides at least one grant of £3,500 and a number of small awards up to £1,500 per person awards 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.


Bursary Enquiries

14 + 9 =

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.