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Support for Human Rights Events

The Human Rights Consortium is committed to organising and supporting academic, policy and practice-oriented events on human rights. ‘Human Rights’ is defined in broad, multi-disciplinary terms.

Funding or other support for human rights-related events may be sought from the Human Rights Consortium. It is expected that the Consortium’s contribution is acknowledged on all publicity for that event.

Event organisers who do not seek support from the Human Rights Consortium are welcome to submit details of their events for inclusion on the Consortium’s online Calendar of Events.

Types of Support

Collaboration with the School of Advanced Study

How to Apply

Forms and Further Particulars

Types of Support

The Consortium is able to provide the following types of support:

  • Intellectual input to the development of events on human rights in a number of different disciplines.
  • A maximum grant of £2,000.00. It is recognized that small awards can sometimes make a substantive difference, and accordingly requests for small grants will also be entertained. Each conference may last for either one day or two days, but the budget available will be the same regardless of the duration.
  • Room hire for University of London venues at no charge, if the event will be held in London.
  • Publicity of the event to the Consortium’s networks via email and the website.
  • Administrative support for the organisation of the event, including travel and accommodation bookings, arranging rooms and catering, receipt of registration forms and fees.
  • Input to collaborative grant applications for events.
  • Web-hosting of event videos for HRC-sponsored events.

Funding may be provided for the following costs associated with an event:

  • Speaker travel costs at economy rates. Taxi fares are generally not supported, but train or bus travel to and from airports may be included. Local travel for London-based speakers will not be funded. The Human Rights Consortium does not offer funding to cover per diems or honorariums.
  • Speaker accommodation costs up to £75 per night for bed and breakfast. Additional hotel costs (such as telephone charges, newspapers etc) will not be covered. UK-based speakers will be offered up to one night's accommodation (if necessary); continental Europe-based speakers will be offered up to two nights' accommodation; speakers from other parts of the world may be offered up to three or four nights' accommodation, depending on the duration of travel.
  • Modest catering costs.
  • Web-casting and videoing costs.
  • Publication of an edited collection of papers, either online or in hard copy through one of the School's publishing arrangements. Costs may include copy-editing, typesetting and design, and printing. Funding will not be made available to support publication by a commercial publisher or journal.

Collaboration with the School of Advanced Study

The panel particularly welcomes applications which make possible collaboration with the Institutes of the School of Advanced Study. The Institutes of the School are listed at

How to Apply

Applicants should fill in the Human Rights Consortium Conference Grants Cover Sheet and budget. In addition, applicants should include attachments making the following elements clear in order for applications to be considered. Other information may also be included where the applicant considers this to be relevant but the whole application should not exceed four sides of A4 paper (not including the Cover Sheet).

1. Details of organiser(s), convenor(s), speaker(s) including name, job title and institutional affiliation (C.V.s are not necessary at this stage.) If possible, please include titles or themes to papers to be presented.

2.  A clear statement of the proposed topic and rationale for the event

3. The expected dissemination or outreach of the proposed event and how lasting networks or future collaborations will be maintained

4. An indication of the timing (month or academic term) of your proposed event

5. A statement on who the proposed event will appeal to, and why

6.  An indicative budget for the event, including speakers’ travel and accommodation, venue/facilities hire (where appropriate) and catering.

Applications should be sent via email to by the appropriate deadline.

The Applicant agrees to provide a short report after the event has taken place.

Forms and Further Particulars

Further Particulars (PDF)

Application Form (Word)

The current call for applications is closed.

Informal enquiries regarding possible support for events should be directed to the Human Rights Consortium at

Successful applications will demonstrate that HRC funding is essential to the running of their event. If in doubt, please contact


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