Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) Scholarships


The Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) offers students the opportunity to study both at the University of Sydney and one of four selected partner universities in the Asia Pacific with particular expertise in human rights and democratisation. The degree consists of a foundational semester and a one-week inter-sessional intensive at the University of Sydney and a second semester at one of the partner institutions.
Up to 30 scholarships are available for citizens of countries in the Asia Pacific region to undertake the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific). Successful applicants for the scholarships will receive funding for their tuition fees and contributions to accommodation, living expenses and airfares.

To be eligible, for the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) Scholarship you must be a citizen of one of the following countries:

Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Burma (Myanmar) Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Japan, Kiribati, North Korea, South Korea, Lao PDR, Maldives, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, Wallis & Futuna


34 scholarships, covering course fees and a living and travel allowance, will be offered to outstanding applicants from across the Asia Pacific region. This is made possible with the support of a significant grant from the European Commission.

Scholarships will be available to citizens of Asia Pacific countries. The award of scholarships will be determined by academic qualifications and potential contribution to human rights and democratisation.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants are required to hold a Bachelor’s Degree in either humanities or social sciences or law from a recognised university or tertiary institution; or a Bachelor’s Degree in another area as deemed relevant by the University of Sydney and its partners.

English is the official language of instruction of the MHRD (Asia Pacific). International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 or above is required with no band below 6.0 (or equivalent in a recognised test).

Relevant practical experience in the area of human rights and/or democracy or a related field (for example, humanitarian aid or development) in inter-governmental, governmental, or non-governmental organisations is desirable but not required.

Applicants should also show a demonstrated interest in and commitment to human rights and democratisation.

Application Deadline

Applicants who wish to be considered for a scholarship should submit their application for admission by 10 December 2010 in order to allow sufficient time for the student visa application process to be completed.

For any student queries, please contact:

Faculty of Arts (for domestic students)
T: +61 2 9351 3240 or +61 2 9351 4807

International Office (for international students)
T: +61 2 8627 8300

For further information, download the Master of Human Rights and Democratisation (Asia Pacific) at

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