Studentship Award

The Routledge-Round Table Commonwealth Studentship Award has been 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.

In addition to the bursary provided by Routledge/ Round Table, currently worth £12,000 annually, the Institute also offers the successful candidate a 50% fee waiver.

2018 Winner – Joanna James

Joanna James Joanna James was born and raised in Mumbai, India. She did her BA in social work at the College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai which is affiliated to the University of Mumbai. During her course of study, she had been placed with three different NGO’s working with three different target-based clients including the Women of the Slums in Mumbai, street children and advocating for transgender rights. Her aim after completing her Masters in Understanding and Securing Human Rights is to advocate for minority rights, particularly for women and the LGBTQ community.


2017 Winner – Ala Al-Mahaidi

The winner of the Routledge/ Round Table Award for 2017-18 was Ala Al-Mahaidi, from Australia.

Ala studied economics and international business at the University of Sydney, after which he worked in digital communications and marketing in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors.

Ala Al-MahaidiHis pursuit of further study in human rights is motivated by his current career shift towards refugee rights protection and advocacy. He has a particular interest in community integration of refugees and people seeking asylum, having migrated to Australia from Iraq with his family at a young age. Ala is also passionate about working in the community and enjoys doing volunteer work.

2016 – Winner did not take up the award.

2015 Winner – Minah Ahn

Minah Ahn

The winner of the Routledge/ Round Table Award for 2015 was Minah Ahn from Canada. As a result, Minah is now pursuing an MA in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the University of London.

Minah Ahn was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Vancouver, Canada. She moved to Toronto to pursue her undergraduate studies in International Relations and Political Science at the University of Toronto, St Michael’s College. Her research interests include human rights, international law and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). To intersect these research interests, her recent project examined NGOs working on legal issues concerning the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. During her time studying human rights at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, she hopes to develop the tools necessary to pursue a profession in the civil liberties sector. In addition, she is looking forward to the small interactive class settings and working with human rights NGOs in London, which will allow for a highly relevant British and European exposure to human rights.

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