2021 O’Brien Graduate Fellowships - Call for applications

Published: 17 September 2020

The O’Brien Graduate Fellowships were established in 2005 through a very generous gift from David O’Brien, BCL 1965, for newly admitted outstanding Masters or Doctoral students studying in the area of human rights and legal pluralism in the Faculty of Law, McGill University.

McGill’s graduate programs in law are the most extensive in Canada. Courses draw upon the civilian and common law traditions, but also include diverse legal traditions, legal theory, international law, environmental law, health law, human rights law, comparative private and public law, and air and space law.

O’Brien Fellows become members of McGill’s Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism (CHRLP), a focal point for innovative legal and interdisciplinary research, dialogue, and outreach on human rights and legal pluralism.

The Fellowships for LLM students are valued at a maximum of $25,000 per annum, tenable for 1 year. For DCL students, the Fellowships are valued at $35,000 per annum, renewable twice (if eligibility is maintained).

Successful applicants will have an outstanding academic record and a strong research proposal in the field of human rights and legal pluralism. The deadline for O’Brien Fellowship applications is December 20, 2020.

This Fellowship Program is an entrance scholarship. As such, students who are currently enrolled in the LLM or DCL program at McGill are not eligible to apply. Applicants for this scholarship must also simultaneously submit an application for admission to one of our graduate programs by the stipulated deadline.

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