Are you an early or mid-career professional who wants to pursue a fully-funded postgraduate degree in human rights in the UK? If so, you might be eligible for a Chevening Scholarship, awarded by the British Embassies and High Commissions around the world to future leaders. 

Chevening Scholarships enable outstanding emerging leaders from all over the world to pursue a one-year Masters degree in the UK.

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) is one of the leading institutions for human rights education and research in the UK. We welcome inquiries and applications from Chevening candidates who are interested in learning the practice of human rights, including project leadership, planning and evaluation.

We offer two postgraduate programmes:

Why choose CAHR?

Studying here will give you the opportunity to do projects (including 2-week placements) with human rights NGOs in Colombia, South Africa, or the UK and produce human rights reports, legal briefs, project evaluations, training materials, and other project outputs for those NGOs.

Your course will facilitate close interactions with fellow students, staff and human rights defenders on protective fellowships at CAHR and you will study at a Centre that holds the UNESCO Chair in the Protection of Human rights Defenders and Expansion of Political Space.

Our alumni have gone on to work with NGOs, international human rights law firms, UN agencies, governmental bodies, think tanks, and academia. You will join a diverse and vibrant community of around 40 Chevening Scholars who have studied at CAHR in the past years. They have come from Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Lebanon, Lesotho, Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Somaliland and Syria.

Support for Chevening scholars

If you are interested in applying for a Chevening Scholarship and studying at CAHR, please get in touch.

Before you apply for a Chevening Scholarship, we can:

  • Provide you with more details about the courses to equip you for the written application and interview stage of the process.
  • Arrange video calls to discuss your interests and application
  • Put you in touch with current or past Chevening scholars who have studied at CAHR. 

Additionally we usually run an online webinar every September on how to write a strong scholarship application.

Please contact Dr Eric Hoddy ( for the MA programme and Dr Mattia Pinto ( for the LLM programme.

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