Routledge-Round Table Commonwealth Studentship Award

The Routledge-Round Table Commonwealth Studentship Award will be made from 2009 onwards, in celebration of the publisher's continuing association with The Round Table: the Commonwealth Journal of International Affairs, and the journal's connection with the Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

The award is open to students from Commonwealth countries outside the United Kingdom, who have been accepted by the Institute for the MA course in Understanding and Securing Human Rights.

2013 Winner

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Routledge are delighted to announce that Anna Verghese has been awarded the 2013 Routledge-Round Table Commonwealth Studentship Award.

Biography
Anna Verghese holds a degree in English Literature from St Stephen's College, University of Delhi, and a postgraduate diploma in television journalism from the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai. While a student she was an active member of Students for Bhopal, campaigning for justice for victims of the 1984 tragedy, and participated in an AIDS awareness programme organised by SPACE and UNESCO (including being part of a team making a documentary on the issue). She has also interned at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, working on micro-planning programmes and the issue of farmer suicides in Maharashtra, and with the wildlife film maker Mike Pandey at the Earth Matters Foundation and Riverbank Studios. For the two years prior to receiving the Routledge-Round Table Commonwealth Studentship Award she worked as a senior desk editor for CNN-IBN, based in New Delhi. Her interest in human rights includes the specific issues of refugees in conflict areas, the impact of war on the environment, torture and genocide, and the media's response to human rights violations, with a focus on public memory.

  • 2012: Arunima Himawan
  • 2011: Deekshya Illangasinghe
  • 2010: Alimamy Conteh
  • 2009: Esther Njenga



2012 Winner

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Routledge are delighted to announce that Arunima Himawan has been awarded the 2012 Routledge-Round Table Commonwealth Studentship Award.

Biography
Arunima Himawan graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA Hons in Sociology and Moral Philosophy. During her undergraduate studies she was the Vice-President of the university's Amnesty International group and worked on indigenous rights across Canada, focusing specifically on the way gender relations intersect with indigenous rights issues. Additionally she has worked with Plan Canada and Red Cross as a street fundraiser. She has a special interest in the medical rights of a patient within the mental illness sector, particularly patients suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

  • 2011: Deekshya Illangasinghe
  • 2010: Alimamy Conteh
  • 2009: Esther Njenga



2011 Winner

The Institute of Commonwealth Studies and Routledge are delighted to announce that Deekshya Illangasinghe has been awarded the 2011 Routledge-Round Table Commonwealth Studentship Award.

Biography
Deekshya Illangasinghe was working with the South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR) Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka as the Communications Coordinator, prior to receiving the Routledge-Round Table Commonwealth Studentship Award. At SAHR she was responsible for preparing communications and advocacy material for SAHR on human rights issues in South Asia and has represented SAHR in Regional Advocacy Platforms in Bangladesh and Nepal.

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of London and has a keen interest in democracy and governance issues, as well as minority rights issues globally, with a special emphasis on South Asia.

  • 2010: Alimamy Conteh
  • 2009: Esther Njenga

"Being recipients of the Routledge-Round Table studentships for 2010-11 and 2011-12, we know that the award offers us a life-transforming experience and an enduring empowerment not just as scholars, but as citizens of the war-torn countries of Sri Lanka and Sierra Leone; and it can do the same for other members of nation states within the Commonwealth. The promotion and protection of human rights require specific skills, knowledge, passion and courage. This is made possible for us through the Routledge-Round Table annual award for the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. The award is a huge step toward realizing our passion for human rights through theoretical and practical human rights knowledge acquisition. To say the least, the award is invaluable to us."

- Alimamy Conteh (Sierra Leone, 2010 recipient) and Deekshya Illangasinghe (Sri Lanka, 2011 recipient)




Award background

The Routledge-Round Table Studentship is awarded to an applicant who is a student from a Commonwealth country outside the United Kingdom, and who has been accepted by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies for their MA course in Understanding and Securing Human Rights.

The Round Table journal is Britain's oldest international affairs journal and provides analysis and commentary on all aspects of international affairs. The journal is also the major source for coverage of policy issues concerning the contemporary Commonwealth and its role in international affairs.

For further information on the MA Course in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at Institute of Commonwealth Studies, please contact Chloë Pieters, Institute Administrator at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Press Release: PDF version


Applying for the Award

The award is open to students, from Commonwealth countries outside the United Kingdom, who have been accepted by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies for the MA course in understanding and securing human rights. The closing date for applicants for the Studentship will be 29 March 2015 for the academic year 2015-2016,and the winner will be announced in the autumn of 2015. The award is currently worth £12,000.

Eligible candidates should indicate to Chloë Pieters, Institute Administrator at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies that they wish to be considered. Applicants will not need to provide any additional material. The successful student will be selected on the basis of an academic and biographical CV and his or her personal statement, which states why he or she wishes to follow this course at the Institute, in London's Russell Square. This material will already have been provided by all applicants for the MA course.

Those wishing to apply should contact their UK High Commission as soon as possible to establish
a) what financial resource they will need to demonstrate to obtain a UK visa as a postgraduate student and
b) what procedures they must fulfil to obtain a UK visa.

The selection process will involve The Round Table, the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and Routledge/Taylor & Francis.