The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship for MA in Refugee Protection

Deadline: 17 August 2016

Target group: low- or middle- income countries 

Type: distance learning

MA in Refugee Protection


Professor Guy S. Goodwin Gill has been a firm supporter of the Refugee Law Initiative since its inception and written extensively on refugee protection as an academic at All Souls College, Oxford, and as a practitioner who served as Legal Adviser in the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 1976-1988. The University of London created the scholarship on the occasion of Professor Goodwin-Gill’s retirement in 2015 to celebrate his lifelong contribution to international refugee law and to recognise his close connection with the Refugee Law Initiative. The scholarship promotes the study of refugee protection by outstanding students who are limited by financial circumstances, especially those from and living in low- or middle- income countries.

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship seeks to support outstanding students who might not otherwise be able to gain access to the MA in Refugee Protection. As such, we particularly welcome applications from candidates who are nationals of and residing in low- and middle-income countries.


Applicants for the Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship must:

·         Have the offer of a place on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies by distance learning, and

·         demonstrate outstanding academic merit or potential in the field of study, evidenced particularly by past achievements, and

·         be unable to take up the offer of a place on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies due to financial circumstances.

Preferential consideration will be given to candidates who are nationals of and residing in low- and lower-middle income countries. Please see The World Bank website for a list of these countries.

Students currently studying for a University of London award are ineligible for this scholarship.

Application process

A link to the scholarship application form will be sent out by email when registration for the October intake opens. If you decide to apply for the scholarship then you should wait until you have received a decision on your application before completing registration.

The scholarship application is a separate process to the application for acceptance on to the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies programme.

The scholarship application requires applicants to detail their past achievements as relevant to this field of study, professional positions held, personal information and financial situation.

Applicants will also be required to provide a statement of their motivation in applying to the programme and for the scholarship.

All applications will be reviewed against the award criteria and applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications in a timely manner. However it will not be possible to provide further individual feedback on applications.

Key dates

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill scholarship will be awarded yearly to a student intending to commence studies in the October intake of the MA programme. Applicants for the March intake must apply for the separate March scholarship. Relevant dates for the coming academic year are as follows:

·         17 August 2016 – Deadline for scholarship applications.

·         31 August 2016 – Notification of outcome to all applicants.

·         1 October 2016 – Deadline for registration on MA programme.

·         10 October 2016 – MA programme commences.

Scholarship value

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill scholarship covers the ‘whole fee’ for the two-year part-time distance learning MA programme, comprising two Core Module fees, four Elective Module fees, and the two Dissertation modules fees. This is equivalent to fees of £7,720 over the lifetime of the award.

The scholarship does not cover examination centre costs and any other costs not directly payable to the University (such as the purchase of additional materials or electronic equipment), resubmission fees, payment of further elective modules if the student decides to transfer, or any other fees not covered above. Applicants must ensure they can to cover such costs from other financial sources.

Please find the application form on the official website 

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