The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship

Guy S. Goodwin-Gill

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

The scholarship celebrates the career of the refugee law expert, Professor Goodwin-Gill, a close friend and supporter of the Refugee Law Initiative at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study.

The award covers all module fees for the MA programme (worth £7,720) and supports outstanding students who might not be able to take the programme due to financial constraints.

Applications are welcomed especially from candidates based in low- and middle-income countries (see The World Bank for a full list).


To apply, you must:

You cannot apply if:

  • you have previously applied for a Guy S. Goodwin-Gill or Sadako Ogata scholarship (unless expressly invited to reapply by the Refugee Law Initiative);
  • you are a current University of London student;
  • you do not yet have an offer for the MA programme.

What does the scholarship cover?

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill scholarship covers all module fees for the two-year part-time programme – two core modules, four elective modules, and two Dissertation modules (worth £7,720 in total).

It does not cover the fees charged by examination centres for sitting exams, resubmission fees, fees for switching elective modules, or any other costs not directly payable to the University (such as additional materials or electronic equipment). You must be able to meet these costs.

How to apply

STEP 1: Candidates must hold an offer to study the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies programme. (We recommend applying by 1 August if you intend to apply for the scholarship.)

STEP 2: Complete the application form and submit with your CV to by 21 August.

Download application form [70kb]

You should include relevant past achievements, professional positions, personal and financial details, and a statement of your motivations in applying for the scholarship.

STEP 3: Wait for the outcome before completing your programme registration.

Key dates

The Guy S. Goodwin-Gill scholarship is awarded to a student intending to commence his/her studies in October. Applicants for the March intake should apply for the Sadako Ogata Scholarship.

  • 21 August 2017 - Deadline for scholarship applications.
  • 31 August 2017 - Notification of outcome to all applicants.
  • 01 October 2017 - Deadline for registration on MA programme.
  • 10 October 2017 - MA programme commences.

Individual feedback on scholarship applications is not provided.

Duties of successful scholarship recipients

As a scholarship winner, you would be required to write a short report at the end of each year of study outlining the impact of your study and research. You are also expected to act in accordance with the standards expected of students of the University of London.

If you fail to comply with any of these terms, the University reserves the right unilaterally to withdraw the scholarship.

Background to the Guy S. Goodwin-Gill Scholarship

The University of London created the scholarship on the occasion of Professor Goodwin-Gill’s retirement in 2015 to recognise his lifelong contribution to international refugee law and his close connection with the Refugee Law Initiative. The scholarship promotes the study of refugee protection by outstanding students who are limited by financial circumstances.

Professor Goodwin-Gill has written extensively on refugee protection as an academic at All Souls College, Oxford, and as a practitioner who served as Legal Adviser in 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 Refugee Protection programme.

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