Louise Arbour Human Rights Research Studentship (MPhil/PhD)

In 2012, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies launched the Louise Arbour Human Rights Research Studentships for new MPhil/PhD research students.

Madam Louise Arbour is the former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and was Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In December 2010, Madam Arbour was awarded a Doctor of Laws of the University of London, honoris causa, and the Institute is honoured to offer studentships in her name in recognition of her career and achievements.

The Louise Arbour studentships provide the successful applicant with a fee waiver equivalent to up to 100% of the full-time or part-time tuition fee, depending on the applicants' individual financial circumstances. Full-time students will be funded for three years and will be expected to submit in the fourth year. An equivalent timescale will apply for part time students; this is usually expected to be seven years, with the student submitting in the eighth year. 

In 2017-18, up to two full-time and two part-time studentships will be available. Successful applicants will be of exceptional quality, evidenced by previous academic achievement at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Successful applicants will have outstanding research proposals and genuine and demonstrable interest in being supervised by a member of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies faculty.

Further information on the application criteria and how to apply can be found here:

Application Form

Applications for the Louise Arbour studentships will only be considered from students who have already applied to the MPhil/PhD programme at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. The deadline for applications for academic year 2017/18 is 11.59pm (GMT/UK time) on 30 July 2017.

Arts and Humanities Research Council Studentships

The School of Advanced Study is part of the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Research Partnership, which includes King's College London and UCL, and which  has available a number of studentships for research (MPhil/PhD/doctoral) degrees.

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Dame Lillian Penson Memorial Fund

Professor Dame Lillian Penson was Vice-Chancellor of the University of London between 1948 and 1951, becoming not only the University’s first female Vice-Chancellor but also the first woman to hold such a post at any British University.

In commemoration of her important role in its history, the University of London named one of its intercollegiate halls after her, the Lillian Penson Hall. In addition, the Professor Dame Lillian Penson Memorial Fund was established in 1966. The trust fund provides travel grants for students of the Institute of Historical Research and the Institute of Commonwealth Studies to support their studies.

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The Yusuf Ali Scholarship

The Yusuf Ali Fund was established in 1956, following the death of Mr Yusuf Ali. Its purpose then was to assist University of London students from India and Pakistan and was used in a discretionary manner for many years.

Today, we are honoured to offer the Yusuf Ali Scholarship for students from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh to enable them to study on one of the campus-based taught postgraduate programmes offered by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Study.

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