Sam Pegram Scholarship

The Sam Pegram Scholarship provides one international student with funding to pursue an LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice offered by the York Law School and the Centre for Applied Human Rights.

  • Funding: Full tuition fee waiver, travel, accommodation and living costs.
  • Academic year: 2024/25
  • Open to: International (including EU) students
  • Qualification level: Postgraduate taught
  • Number available: 1
Applications for 2024/25 are closed.

This is a full scholarship that covers tuition fees, accommodation, travel costs, and a monthly living stipend for one individual student.

The scholarship is generously provided by The Sam Pegram Humanitarian Foundation in memory of Sam Pegram, a caring, kind and talented young man who tragically died in the Ethiopian Airlines' Boeing 737 Max crash, in 2019, en route to Nairobi.

After spending two years volunteering and working for humanitarian NGOs in Jordan, Sam came to the University of York to study the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice. After graduating he secured a role as a research policy assistant for the Norwegian Refugee Council in Geneva where he was working when he died.

Sam was a wonderful presence in the classroom. He was committed, thoughtful and reflexive in his fieldwork. He was deeply committed to humanitarianism, the rights of people on the move, and social justice in a broad sense. He remains deeply missed by his friends and his family here at York, in Lancashire where he was from, and around the world.

Through this scholarship, others will have the opportunity to study on this course and make a positive difference for the rights of people on the move and human rights more generally.


Open to International (including EU) students only.

In order to be eligible you must also have an offer for a place on this course: LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice

To apply, you must also:

  • have applied to study on the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice at the University of York on a full-time basis
  • demonstrate that you have limited financial resources and that you need the scholarship to pursue your studies
  • demonstrate a passion for human rights, either through your previous academic studies, professional work, or volunteer activities
  • have a demonstrable specific interest in migration issues, and that you wish to pursue or consolidate a career working on issues affecting people on the move, including generally and in relation to their social exclusion
  • have some lived experience of human rights challenges or migration issues.
How to apply

Application deadline: Monday 10 June 2024, 11.59pm BST

Apply online

How we allocate

The final decision on the award of the scholarship will be made by 1 July 2024

Terms and conditions

The scholarships are for one year of full-time study and for students beginning their study at the start of the academic year 2024/25.

The award includes a full tuition fee waiver, accommodation in York's postgraduate halls of residence, travel costs, and a monthly living stipend for one year.

Contact details

Dr Piergiuseppe Parisi

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