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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.

John P. Humphrey (1905-1995)

Humphrey in Geneva, 1947

McGill University Archives

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The application process for Academic Year 2024-2025 is now OPEN

Deadline:  January 30, 2024

Important dates

November 2023 - Application process opens.

January 30, 2024 - Application process closes.

April 15, 2024 - Applicants notified.


About the Fellowship

The John Peters Humphrey Student Fellowships in International Human Rights Law or International Organizations are the result of a most generous bequest to the Canadian Council on International Law (CCIL) by the late John Peters Humphrey, a renowned Canadian international lawyer and scholar.


During his 20 years of service with the United Nations and more than 40 years as a human rights activist and academic, he was instrumental in efforts to promote wide ratification of, and adherence to, the major global and regional international human rights instruments. In 1974, Professor Humphrey was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in recognition of his contributions to legal Fellowship and his world-wide reputation in the field of human rights, and in 1988 he received the United Nation’s Human Rights Award.

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. 


Congratulations to the 2023
John Peters Humphrey Fellowship Recipients


Siena Anstis

PhD Candidate,

University of Oslo

Cambridge University
BCL/LL.B., McGill Uni
B.A., Concordia University

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Catherine Savard

D.Phil. Candidate

Oxford University


LL.M., Unive
rsité Laval
LL.B., Université Laval
DCS, Cégep de Sainte-Foy


Liam Turnbull

LL.M. Candidate

University College London

J.D., University of Toront
Honours B.A., University of Toronto

Past Winners
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