Applications are invited to the Open Society Foundation (OSF) Africa Research Visitorship at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights for visits starting Trinity Term 2019 (commencing 29th April 2019).

The aim of the scholarship is to provide financial assistance to an outstanding human rights practitioner from sub-Saharan Africa who wishes to spend time at the Bonavero Institute in Oxford to undertake an independent writing project.


The OSF Africa Research Visitorship will provide

  • a stipend to cover economy-class return travel to and from the practitioner’s home base,
  • up to three months living and accommodation costs in Oxford,
  • costs towards health insurance
  • visa application costs
  • and will also cover the Institute’s visitor fees (further details within the scheme guidelines).

Eligibility Criteria

  • The OSF Africa Research Visitorship is open to nationals of the countries of sub-Saharan Africa. Criteria for selection include:
  • National resident of sub-Saharan African country holding an appointment in an African human rights organisation or research institution engaged in human rights research;
  • The ability to visit the Institute from the beginning of Trinity Term 2019 (starting 29th April 2019);
  • At least five years’ experience as a human rights legal practitioner working for a civil society organisation in Africa;
  • Fluency in spoken and written English;
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Africa;
  • Demonstrated ability to undertake an independent writing project;
  • A writing proposal on a topic in the broad field of human rights law;
  • Openness to exploring new ideas and places; and
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and constructively in a diverse community.

Preference will be given to candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds. Candidates will be required to provide at least two referee reports from people with whom they have worked or studied.

Application Process

  1. A completed application form (overleaf);
  2. a full CV or resume (including a list of publications if applicable);
  3. a research outline;
  4. two references;
  5. a letter of support from your Head of Department or Line Manager at your home institution. This letter should state that you are a staff-member or employee (or equivalent) of that institution and the proposed visit has their full support;

If you would like to make an application to this scheme, please refer to the scheme guidelines

The form, along with the attachments outlined above, should be returned by email to [email protected]

A decision will be made and communicated by Monday 18th February 2019.

Submission Deadline: 12 noon (GMT), Friday 8th February 2019.

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