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University Teaching Scholarship for Research on Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Posted on 7 February 2014

CAHR offers 3-year University Teaching Scholarship for doctoral student conducting research on human rights defenders at risk.

The Centre for Applied Human Rights is pleased to announce a three-year University Teaching Scholarship for a full-time doctoral student planning to conduct research on the security and protection of human rights defenders at risk.

The scholarship comprises a UK/EU fee waiver and a stipend of £7,000. Students must begin their studies on 1 October 2014. Overseas students are welcome to apply, but would need to bear the cost of the difference in fees. The scholarship holder will teach for up to 50 hours a year on CAHR’s innovative online distance learning programme, Defending Human Rights.

Applicants will need to meet the admission requirements for the PhD programme in either the York Law School or the Department of Politics.

The scholarship will be offered on a competitive basis. Applicants will be assessed on the quality of their research proposal in this specific area of research, the extent of their experience of human rights work (and work with human rights defenders at risk in particular); their track record of (postgraduate) teaching and/or practitioner training; and their experience of working with diverse cohorts. Experience of teaching on online distance learning programmes is desirable. The selection process will include an exercise and an interview.

For more general information, see the University of York's University Teaching Scholarship site.

Application Process

Applicants will need to:

  1. Apply for the PhD programme in either the York Law School or the Department of Politics. To apply, go to: 
  2. Submit a copy of the CAHR University Teaching Scholarship application form (MS Word , 23kb) and a research proposal (approx. 1,500-2,000 words) to For more information on the research proposal, see Draft dissertation proposal (PDF , 153kb)

The deadline for complete applications is 30 April 2014.

For more information on this specific scholarship, please contact Dr Alice Nah (