John Peters Humphrey Fellowship

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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 and fees, 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.



Application Procedures

Application Form and Writing Sample: Applicants must submit the completed application form and the required attachments. Material should be submitted as a PDF file. APPLICANTS MUST ENSURE THEIR NAMES ARE ON THE BOTTOM OF EVERY SHEET SUBMITTED IN THE APPLICATION. Applications must be emailed to Writing samples must be no longer than 25 pages in length. They too must be emailed to the CCIL in PDF format.

Transcripts: Applications must ensure that an official transcript from each post-secondary academic institution they attended is sent by December 1, 2016 directly to the John Peters Humphrey Fellowship c/o The Canadian Council on International Law, 275 Bay Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5Z5 CANADA.

Letters of Reference: Three letters of reference may either accompany the John Peters Humphrey Fellowship application or be sent directly to the John Peters Humphrey Fellowship c/o The Canadian Council on International Law, 275 Bay Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1R 5Z5 CANADA. Each referee must enclose the reference in a sealed envelope and sign it across the seal of the envelope. The letters must be sent by December 1, 2016.

Requirement for Complete Applications: It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure their application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be submitted to the Selection Committee. All information required in the application must be postmarked by December 1, 2016 or the application will be considered incomplete and disqualified. ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THE APPLICATION PROCESS MUST DE DIRECTED TO THE CANADIAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL LAW BY EMAIL TO:

Eligibility Summary

Graduating, or graduate students of Canadian law faculties or students studying in Canada at an advanced level in political science (or the equivalent) disciplines are eligible to apply for the Fellowships. Applicants must be qualified to commence or continue as full-time students in a graduate program in the field of international human rights law or international organizations. The CCIL will award up to three Fellowships for academic year 2017-18 to selected, outstanding students to permit them to pursue graduate studies at leading academic institutions in Canada or worldwide. Each year, at least one fellowship may be set aside for students entering a Masters level program. More generally, priority will be given to students either entering graduate studies or who are near the beginning of those studies.

Evaluation Criteria

A selection committee appointed by the President of the CCIL will review applications, choose Fellowship recipients and determine the amount of each Fellowship it awards. The selection committee will base its determination on each applicant’s academic accomplishments, proposed program of study, letters of reference, and other information contained in the application.


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Annual Value

Up to $20,000