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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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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.

2023-2024 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.

The application process for Academic Year 2023-2024 (CLOSED)

 

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). 

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. 

Deadline to apply: January 30, 2023

Important dates to remember

Fall 2022 - Application process opens.

​January 30, 2023 - Application process closes.

April 1, 2023 - Successful applicants are notified.

After April 1, 2023 - Unsuccessful applicants notified.

All materials must be received and postmarked by January 30, 2023. Failure to do so will result in the application being incomplete and therefore rejected.

  • The Application Form completed in full. The applicant must merge the form, the sample writing text and the resume into one document and send it to CCIL by mail or email.

  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended must be sent to CCIL by the institution (by mail or electronically).

  • Three letters of recommendation must be sent directly to CCIL by the respondents. 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:  ccil-ccdi@intertaskconferences.com

Contest
Recipients

2022 Recipients

Congratulations to the 2022 John Peters Humphrey Fellowship Recipients
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Yuri Alexander Romaña-Rivas 

Doctoral Student (Doctor of Civil Law - Comparative Law)
McGill University’s Faculty of Law

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Mehdi J. Hakimi

LL.M. Candidate

Harvard Law School 

Past Winners
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