O’Brien Fellowships for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism

The O'Brien 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.

These renewable fellowships are awarded annually by the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies upon recommendation of the Faculty of Law. Fellows become members of the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism.

Application deadline

December 15


  • Candidates must be registered in the LL.M. or D.C.L. program in the Faculty of Law of McGill University in the academic year.
  • Only candidates with an outstanding academic record will be considered.
  • There is no restriction based on citizenship or age.

Selection criteria

  • Academic excellence
  • Originality of the proposed research in the field of human rights and legal pluralism
  • Availability of supervision in the Faculty of Law
  • Diversity of candidates and topics

Application procedure

Applicants must submit an O’Brien Fellowship application by email (grad.law [at] mcgill.ca) to the Graduate Studies Office of the Faculty of Law by the deadline for application for admission to the LL.M. or D.C.L. program.

O'Brien Fellowship Application Form 
See the 2018 call for applications (file contains English, French, and Spanish language calls).

Value and tenure

  • Value: maximum $25,000 per annum for LL.M. students, tenable for 1 year; maximum $35,000 per annum for D.C.L. students, renewable twice (if eligibility is maintained)
  • Fellows registered in the D.C.L. program will be provided with office space in the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, if available.


Renewal for doctoral students is subject to maintaining good standing in the program and providing a satisfactory progress report.