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O'Brien Graduate Fellowships

The Centre offers two types of O'Brien Fellowships: the first one, the O’Brien Graduate Fellowships for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, are destined to students pursuing an LLM or a DCL degree, and is described on this page.

The second one, the O’Brien Fellows in Residence Program, is aimed at academics and practitioners in the field of human rights who will come enrich the intellectual life of the Centre and broaden its understanding of pivotal human rights issues.

You can find out more about our Fellows each year in our annual report [4 MB, pdf].

See the 2015 call for applications [.pdf]. Deadline to apply: December 15

David O'Brien

O’Brien Graduate Fellowships for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

The O’Brien Graduate Fellowships were established in 2005 through a very generous gift from David O’Brien (BCL ’65) for outstanding graduate students studying in the area of human rights and legal pluralism in the Faculty of Law.

The Fellowship is Awarded annually by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Office upon recommendation of the Faculty of Law. Fellows become members of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

Application deadline: December 15, each year.


Maximum $25,000 per annum, renewable once for LL.M., twice for D.C.L. (if eligibility is maintained). Renewal for a second and, if applicable, third year is subject to maintaining good standing in the program and providing a satisfactory progress report.

To find out more

To find out more about the conditions of eligibility, selection criteria, and application procedure, and to download the application forms, see McGill Graduate Law Admissions: Financial help: O'Brien Fellowships.

List of recipients of O'Brien Fellowships.