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John Peters Humphrey Fellowship

The Canadian Council on International Law awards annually up to three John Peters Humphrey Student Fellowships in the field of International Human Rights Law or International Organizations.

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The application process for Academic Year 2024-2025 is now OPEN
Deadline to apply:  January 30, 2024

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2024-2025 Contest

The CCIL will award up to three fellowships to enable selected individuals to begin or continue graduate studies at a reputable academic institution in Canada or abroad. Priority will be given to individuals who are entering or about to enter graduate studies. At least one fellowship may be awarded to an individual enrolled in a master's program (or equivalent). 

The John Peters Humphrey Fellowship is awarded annually in September and is worth up to $20,000 CDN, with a maximum of $10,000 CDN for tuition and fees and a $10,000 CDN stipend for living expenses. 

Only the portion of tuition fees not covered by one or more other scholarships will be covered. Recipients will be informed about the possibility of accepting other awards or teaching (or other) positions on a full or part-time basis during the award period. 

The exact value of the award, in Canadian dollars, will be determined by the CCIL Executive Committee, based on the tuition and annual living expenses specific to the recipient's chosen program of study, and on the advice of those administering the award program.

Eligibility Criteria

The following individuals may apply for a John Peters Humphrey Fellowship: 

  • individuals who have or will soon graduate from a Canadian law school; 

  • individuals who are studying in a graduate program at a Canadian law school; 

  • persons studying in Canada in one of the political science disciplines (or the equivalent) in a graduate program. 


They must be in a position to begin within the next few months or to continue a full-time graduate program in the field of international human rights law or international organizations.


Recipients may apply for a one-year extension in a subsequent contest, subject to the requirements at that time. 

Important dates


November 2023 - Application process opens.

​January 30, 2024 - Application process closes.

April 15, 2024 - Applicants notified.

Application Procedures

Applicants can submit a complete application package in English or French that must include:  


  • the application form*

  • a writing sample*

  • a curriculum vitae*
    *Merged as one PDF document.

  • official transcripts from each post-secondary institutions attended (sent by the institutitions)

  • three letters of recommendation; (sent by the respondants)


These documents must be prepared and submitted according to the instructions below.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the application package is complete. An incomplete application will NOT be submitted to the Selection Committee. 

All materials must be received and postmarked by January 30, 2024. Failure to do so will result in the application being incomplete and therefore rejected.

Application Form

  • The application form must be completed in full. The applicant may write the requested responses directly on the form (which can be opened using Adobe Acrobat) or on another document that will be included in the application package.

  • The applicant must ensure that all questions are answered within the word limit and are legible, either on computer or by hand. A form that is even partially incomplete, illegible or contains answers that exceed the word limit will not be accepted.

  • The form must be signed by the applicant. The applicant may print the completed form, sign it, and then scan it into PDF format, or use a digital signature.

  • The applicant must merge* the Application Form, the writing sample and the resume into one document and send it to CCIL by mail or email no later than January 30, 2024.

  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended must be sent to CCIL by the institution (by mail or electronically) no later than January 30, 2024.

  • Three letters of recommendation must be sent directly to CCIL by the respondents no later than January 30, 2024. The letters must be written on the respondents’ institutional letterhead and signed (a digital signature is acceptable). 

For questions, please email the CCIL Secretariat at:

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