International Law and Human Rights Scholarship

Mass migration as a result of political instability and climate crises; the growing wave of right-wing populism affecting political systems across the world; the disruptive effects of digitalisation and new technologies on all aspects of life. In the context of today’s rapidly changing global environment, the role of international governing bodies and the extent to which they can track and enforce the safeguarding of fundamental human rights is more relevant than ever. The International Law and Human Rights Scholarship is aimed at students interested in the intricacies related to agreements and laws between countries and the preservation of human rights in a multi-level system.

Key facts

Who is it for?

Applicants with demonstrated interest in issues related to international law and who are passionate about tackling the challenges involved with the protection of fundamental rights.

How to apply

  • Additionally, answer one of the following questions in a brief essay:
    • Choose one global challenge to the protection of fundamental rights. Discuss why this is a challenge and what steps are needed to address it.
    • Is international law too weak to guide global public policy? Choose one of the following and discuss: The prohibition of landmines, the climate crisis, or the prohibition of torture.

The additional essay should be sent to grad-admissions[at]hertie-school[dot]org after a standard application has been submitted. The essay should be approximately two pages in length.

Interested applicants should submit their applications and motivation statements before 1 February. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.

“After years of studying the law, I was looking forward to broadening my perspective. At the Hertie School, I can discuss policy problems with students from different academic backgrounds and countries. This scholarship made it possible.”

Juliana Wimmer (Germany/Brazil), Student, MPP 2020