The MHRD is a unique Master degree program in which students undertake a foundational semester of study at the University of Sydney, and then a second semester at one of the four partner universities:
Graduates of the course will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific, and will have opportunities to research and examine the application of human rights and democratisation in the field with the partner institutions.
In the first semester at the University of Sydney, students will undertake a foundational course in social science, legal and political approaches to human rights and democratisation. During the second semester students will follow two core units of study complemented by either supervised research, an internship at an in-country organisation specialising in human rights/democratisat ion or undertake further specialised electives. Students must select one of the four partners universities listed above to undertake their second semester study.
Human Rights Norms and Laws (1 & 2)
Human Rights and Democratisation Research
Dynamics of Human Rights Violations
Democratisation: Theory and Practice
Critical and Emerging Issues in the Asia Pacific
In the second semester, students will take one of the following options:
a) Specialised electives
b) Internship program
c) Research thesis
Graduates will have both the ability to undertake independent scholarly research on current issues pertaining to human rights and democratisation in the Asia Pacific and skills to put their academic understanding and practical experience to use in real situations.
We are looking for people who have a strong commitment to or experience on working on issues about human rights and democratisation. The degree will strongly benefit people already working in, or seeking to work in the fields of human rights and democratisation in our region.
Through a combination of academic and practical educational experiences, the objective of the program is to produce graduates who can support ongoing efforts to strengthen institutions dedicated to the protection and promotion of human rights and democracy and to enhance a regional culture of human rights and democracy. Recognising the critical institutional developments that are taking place both regionally and in particular countries during this time, the program has been set up to ensure that human rights and democracy advocates in the region are well resourced to lead us into the next decades.
Thirty 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 (a full list of countries is available from the Academic Director upon request). The award of scholarships will be determined by academic qualifications and potential contribution to human rights and democratization.
Applications are now open.
Applications for the MHRD close on 30 April 2010 and are considered upon receipt.
Applications for the Human Rights and Democratisation Scholarship close on 12 March 2010.
Contacts and Further Information
If you are interested in the program, you can find more information at
For any questions, or for a copy of the application form, please contact Academic Director Dr. Danielle Celermajer at danielle.celermajer[at]usyd.edu.au
- PhD Research Scholarship in Asia Pacific Studies, University of Wollongong, Australia
- Master & Doctoral Scholarships by Australian Leadership Awards 2011, Australia
- Postdoctoral Fellowship in Asia Health Policy, Stanford University, USA
- MA Scholarships in Politics & International Relations, University of Nottingham, UK
- New Zealand Development Scholarship
- Oak Fellowship in Poverty and Human Rights, USA
- Fujitsu Asia Pacific Scholarship
- Shorenstein Fellowships in Contemporary Asia, Stanford University, USA
- Asia-Pacific Entrepreneurs Award, Golden Key International Honour Society
- Human Rights Watch Fellowships, USA
Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.