Chevening Scholars at the Centre for Applied Human Rights

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) welcomes inquiries and applications from early or mid-career professionals applying for Chevening Scholarships.

Chevening Scholarships provide one year of fully-funded postgraduate study in the UK. They are awarded to future leaders by British Embassies and High Commissions around the world. More information about eligible countries and the application process is available at www.chevening.org

We have hosted 34 Chevening Scholars in the past five years. They have come from Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Egypt, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Pakistan, Palestine, and Syria.

Support to Chevening applicants

If you apply for a Chevening Scholarship, we can provide support in several ways:

  1. Skype you so you can ask us questions and make a more informed choice
  2. Provide you with more details about our MA and LLM programmes so you are better able to justify your choice at the application or interview stage
  3. Put you in touch with Chevening Scholars who studied at our Centre

Please contact ioana.cismas(a)york.ac.uk if interested. 

Why choose CAHR?

As part of a Chevening application, you will need to choose three different masters programs. So, why choose our MA or LLM programmes?

  • Our MA and LLM programmes teach the practice of human rights, including project leadership, planning, and evaluation.
  • Our students do projects (including 2-week placements) with human rights NGOs in Malaysia (LLM), South Africa (MA), or the UK (MA and LLM) and produce human rights reports, legal briefs, project evaluations, training materials, and other project outputs for those NGOs. In some years, the Chevening has covered expenses for the South Africa and Malaysia field visits.
  • Our students exchange lessons learned and best practices with human rights defenders who are on protective fellowships at the Centre.
  • Small class sizes (15-20 each on the MA and LLM) mean that students really get to know each other and the staff.

Why choose York?

The University of York was ranked 17th in the UK in 2015 by the Complete University Guide. The University's research was ranked 14th overall in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Our inter-disciplinary Centre is linked to the York Law School and Politics Department, both of which ranked in the top ten in the UK's 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

York was ranked the most beautiful city in the UK in a 2011 poll. It is a friendly place with 200,000 people (including 16,000 University of York students). York is just a 2-hour train ride from London or Edinburgh.

Hear from recent scholars

Three Chevening scholars who studied on the MA in Applied Human Rights and the LLM in International Human Rights Law & Practice in 2014-15 tell about their experiences of studying at CAHR and give advice to future Chevening scholars.

Studying human rights at CAHR

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxX1G2EXMRI

Knowledge you will take home 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IPI9bYOGe8

Advice to applicants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z77_meaieeM