Grants and awards

PhD scholarships in Australia for work on refugee resettlement and policy

Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia, offers three-year PhD scholarships, worth approximately AUSD49,000 per year (including an annual AUSD23,728 stipend and a tuition fee scholarship). The university is particularly interested in students with a training in history, anthropology or related disciplines in the humanities or social sciences who would like to work on projects in refugee resettlement and/or refugee and asylum seeker policy.

Successful applicants will be located at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research and supervised by Professor Sandy Gifford and/or Professor Klaus Neumann. Pending the granting of an Australian visa, successful applicants could enrol as early as January 2013. Non-native English speakers will need to provide evidence of their language skills at the time of application (TOEFL or IELTS test, or 24 months of full-time study in English).

Please send expressions of interest, accompanied by a CV, academic transcripts, two unpublished writing samples and a research proposal, to Professor Sandy Gifford, no later than 1 August 2012.

Grant programme for research and writing on humanitarian need

The Humanitarian Futures Grant Programme, offered by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), provides financial support to enable original research and writing on issues and trends that relate to the changing drivers of humanitarian need, and the system for responding to those needs.

All research projects must be completed within a maximum of six months and result in the preparation of a 20–40 page paper. Projects that include field work and original research will be prioritized. The projects should not focus on the role of OCHA. Research projects on any topic of relevance to humanitarian policy and practice are welcome.

The maximum grant payable under this programme is USD4,000, with the exact disbursement to be determined by the nature of the work and the total number of selected projects. The final papers will be published on the OCHA website to benefit the humanitarian and wider community.

Grantees will retain ownership of their work and it will not be used by OCHA for any other purpose. The grants are open to anyone aged 32 years and under on 1 September 2012.

To apply for a grant under this programme, please submit a CV, a 1–3 page project proposal including an indicative budget (using the format available for download at this link), and a writing sample to this email address, with ‘2012 Humanitarian Futures Grant Programme’ in the subject line.

At this time, applications will only be accepted in English. Applications that do not conform to this format will not be considered. Deadline is 20 July 2012.

European award for joint NGO-law firm pro bono legal projects

The Global Network for Public Interest Law (PILnet) is seeking nominations for the second annual European Award for Partnership in the Public Interest, which will recognise the best pro bono legal project (or projects) undertaken jointly between a non-governmental organization and a law firm in Europe.

Nominations for the award should consist of a narrative no longer than two pages describing projects that have achieved positive results in at least one European country and were completed in the 12 months prior to September 2012. Submissions will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

The degree to which the project(s) demonstrates a significant, positive impact on the protection of rights and/or delivery of justice through legal representation or reform of law and policy.

The extent to which legal resources and other forms of lawyer/law firm engagement were deployed through the project(s).

The degree to which the work fostered a deep relationship between the NGO and the lawyers/law firm and created prospects for future collaboration of a durable nature.

PILnet will accept nominations from 21 June to 10 September 2012. The award will be bestowed on 26 October 2012 during the closing session of the 2012 European Pro Bono Forum in Madrid.

Please send submissions to Tamas Barabas via post, fax or email:


Tamas Barabas

PILnet Budapest

1061 Budapest, Paulay Ede str. 50


Fax: +36 1 461 5701