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Applications for the  John Peters Humphrey Fellowship must be submitted by December 1, 2019.
John P. Humphrey (1905-1995)

Humphrey in Geneva, 1947

McGill University Archives

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Godwin Dzah

PhD Candidate

Peter A. Allard School of Law

University of British Columbia


Siena Anstis

LLM Candidate

University of Cambridge


Maroussia Levesque

LLM Candidate

Harvard University


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


The Fellowships are awarded to outstanding students in order to permit them to pursue full-time graduate studies at leading graduate institutions in Canada or world-wide. Students in Canadian law and political science (or the equivalent) faculties are eligible to apply for the Fellowship. 


Each Fellowship will fund the recipient up to CDN $20,000 – up to a maximum of CDN$10,000 for tuition plus a stipend of CDN $10,000 for living expenses. Fellowship holders will be eligible to apply for the Fellowship in open competition for a second term.


Note that the CCIL executive determines the precise dollar value of the Fellowship that will be awarded in relation to tuition and fee support annually, on the advice of the Fellowship’s financial advisors.



This Fellowship programme is the result of a very generous gift made 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.


Past Winners