Securing funding before or during a research degree is one of the most important steps to take for many prospective students. There are a number of options available to you if you intend to study at the Human Rights Consortium.

London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP)

The London Arts and Humanities Partnership offers a large number of funded studentships on an annual basis to students whose main supervisor is located at one of the partner institutions and whose topic falls within the subject areas covered by the AHRC. Funding includes coverage of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate for a maximum of three years and an annual maintenance grant. 

In addition to funding, LAHP students are part of a cross-institution network of research students who have access to outstanding training opportunities, including intensive language learning. 

The call for applications is announced on an annual basis.

Note: LAHP funding is available for UK and EU students who meet the outlined residency requirements; it is not available for students liable to pay fees at the Overseas rate. 

Louise Arbour Human Rights Research Studentship

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 a maximum of 50% 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 2023-24, up to two 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. Students are expected to make concrete contributions to the academic life of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the School of Advanced Study. 

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 2023-24 is 23:59 (GMT/UK time) on 07 June 2023.