The Scottish Human Rights Defenders Fellowship was established in 2018 to support those at risk for their work in protecting human rights around the world. The Fellowship was an initiative of the Scottish Government and was developed in collaboration with the University of Dundee.

Types of assistance offered by the organisation:


Target group: human rights defenders

Operates worldwide 

The fellowship offers three main benefits for the Fellows:

  • Rest and respite from daily dangers and threats inherent in their work
  • An opportunity for study, train and research to support their human rights work
  • The opportunity to network with civil society organisations in Scotland and beyond, government officials in both Edinburgh and London (including the government ministers in Edinburgh and relevant country desk officers at the FCO in London), and other relevant individuals.