This scholarship which is awarded annually has been established by the family and friends of Giulia Mereu who lost her life at age 26, in 1996, while monitoring human rights violations in the former Yugoslavia. She had been an Intern with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and was serving as a Civil Affairs Officer with the United Nations Transitional Administration for Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Sirmium when the tragedy occurred. The aim of the scholarship is to enable those who might otherwise not be able to study the discipline of human rights to do so and to ensure that Giulia Mereu’s ideals live on. This scholarship, instituted in 1997, covers the equivalent of Home /EU tuition for the academic year as well as a modest allowance to enable the recipient to undertake a one-month internship with a human rights organisation.
The candidate should have relevant field experience in Human Rights, working in a country in a situation of acute crisis as Giulia did, and should not have the means to pay for postgraduate studies at Essex You must hold an offer of a place on the LLM in International Human Rights Law or the LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Once you have an offer you can apply via your myEssex applicant portal