Distance Learning Scholarship at the University of London

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill scholarship is for students of the MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies by distance learning who wish to begin their studies in October.

A student researching in Senate House library

This fee-waiver award (worth £8,220) celebrates the career of the refugee law expert, Professor Goodwin-Gill, a close friend and supporter of the Refugee Law Initiative at the School of Advanced Study.

Applications are now open for 2019.


Guy Goodwill-Gill, expert in Refugee Protection
The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill scholarship is for students to begin the MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies.

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship

Applicants for the Guy S. Goodwin-Gill scholarship must satisfy all of the following:

  • You hold an offer to study the MA Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies for the October intake.
  • You cannot accept this offer without financial support.
  • You are able to demonstrate outstanding academic merit or potential (particularly by your achievements).

Applications are welcomed especially from candidates based in low / middle-income countries.

Current University of London students or former applicants for this scholarship (or the Sadako Ogata award) are not eligible to apply.

This is a separate application process to the MA programme.

We will need to know about your relevant past achievements, professional positions held, and your financial situation. You must also provide a personal statement.

All applications will be reviewed against the award criteria (though we cannot provide individual feedback).

If you apply for the scholarship, please await the outcome before you complete registration for the MA programme.

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill scholarship is awarded for the October intake of the MA. The key dates are as follows:

  • Deadline for scholarship applications: 19 August 2019.
  • Notification of outcome to all applicants: 29 August 2019.
  • Deadline for MA registration: 01 October 2019 – check the deadline date.
  • MA programme begins: October 2019.

We also recommend that applications for the MA programme reach us by 31 July.

Applications made after this date may not be processed in time for the offer you need to apply for the scholarship.

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill scholarship covers the whole course fee.

You must still cover certain additional costs, including those not directly payable to us (such as examination centre fees), as well as any re-submission fees, transfer costs, or any other fees.

We ask each scholarship holder to write a short report at the end of each study year outlining the impact of your study and research. We also expect you to act in accordance with the standards expected of University of London students.

We reserve the right to withdraw your scholarship if you do not meet these terms.

Professor Goodwin-Gill has written extensively on refugee protection, both as an academic at Oxford, and as Legal Adviser to the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 1976-1988. His treatise The Refugee in International Law is a core textbook on the MA programme.

This scholarship recognises Professor Goodwin-Gill’s contribution to international refugee law and his close connection with the Refugee Law Initiative. It promotes the study of refugee protection by outstanding students who are limited by financial circumstances.

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