O’Brien Graduate Fellowships 2022-2023

Job Description & Qualification

The O’Brien Graduate Fellowships were established in 2005 through a very generous gift from David O’Brien for 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 the Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, 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 up to 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, 2021.

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. For further information about admission to the graduate programs in law, please visit our website at: https://mcgill.ca/law/grad-studies/admissions-guide

O’Brien Graduate Fellows call for applications (available in English, French, Spanish): https://www.mcgill.ca/humanrights/files/humanrights/call_for_applications-obrien2022.pdf

Application Procedure

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: https://www.mcgill.ca/law/grad-studies/tuition-and-financial-support/funding-and-entrance-fellowships

Application deadline: December 20, 2021

About the Organization

McGill University is one of Canada's best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from over 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country.

Professors at the Faculty of Law at McGill University are expert in both the civil and common law traditions, with many emphasizing a comparative or transsystemic approach, and Indigenous perspectives. This is most readily demonstrated by the number of international law specialists among our faculty members. Our faculty members are also active in legal reform and in legal institutions in Canada and elsewhere.

The Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism in the Faculty of Law at McGill University is a focal point for innovative legal and interdisciplinary research, dialogue and outreach on issues of human rights and legal pluralism. The Centre’s mission is to provide students, professors and the wider community with a locus of intellectual and physical resources for engaging critically with how law impacts upon some of the compelling social problems of our modern era.

Additional Information

About Graduate Studies in Law at McGill University

We do law differently at McGill. And we do it best.

McGill’s Faculty of Law is one of the highest-ranking in the world for a reason: we uniquely bring together not only the best minds, but an intimate understanding of how law, culture, people, and economies work together.

Through our transsystemic program, we teach what the law is, how it is used in practice, the perspectives of different cultures and legal traditions, and the symbolic meaning of legal rules to people and their communities.

It is no surprise, therefore, that each year McGill Law welcomes dozens of bright legal minds from around the world to become members of our community. Master's (LLM) and doctoral (DCL) students come to McGill from around the globe, with varied life and professional experiences, and a wide array of educational and legal backgrounds.

Our students leave McGill changed. In the process, they change us. Together we create a formidable, global, constantly expanding and evolving community that provides a home for thought, connections that last a lifetime, and opportunities to continually explore the law.

We hope that you will consider joining and enriching our community at McGill in our beautiful, multicultural city of Montreal, ranked as one of the best cities in the world for students. We look forward to welcoming you here!

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