MA Scholarships International Law in Riga, Latvia

The Riga Graduate School of Law announces scholarships for an LL.M degree with a specialization in public international law and human rights, funded by the Open Society Institute. Competitive and prestigious, the program is open to all persons who hold a bachelor’s or master’s degree in law or related fields such as political science or international relations, or who will be awarded a degree prior to admission to the program. The 2010/2011 scholars class starts in September 2010.

Deadline: 24/05/2010
Open to: Students from several countries with an undergr. degree in law or comparable
Fund: full

The purpose of these scholarships is to support students who have demonstrated academic excellence in law or a comparable field of study and have a demonstrated commitment to working in the field of public law, human rights, or public service. Eligible students must come from Russia, Byelorussia, Ukraine, South Eastern Europe, or Central Eurasia.

Each scholarship recipient will receive an amount covering tuition and fees for the LL.M study programme. An additional scholarship is allocated for travel, accommodation and incidental education expenses. Students granted a scholarship must write their master’s thesis in the field of public international law or human rights.

Priority will be given to students who commit to work in any of the following areas upon completion of the programme:  human rights, public law and public service.  Furthermore, RGSL seeks to recruit students who have worked within an organization with which OSI has a relationship already, or students who are willing to work with such an organization upon completion of the programme. In the application, students are required to provide specific detail on their expectations work in a related field upon completion of the programme.


Applicants must:

  • Satisfy standard RGSL entry requirements (with respect to educational background and English proficiency);
  • Have experience in the fields of public international law or human rights for a minimum of one year;
  • Indicate in the application: current place of employment and specify in detail the applicant’s plan to return to work in the field of public service after completing the LL.M programme.

Eligible countries:

  • Russia;
  • Byelorussia;
  • Ukraine;
  • all countries listed in region of South Eastern Europe: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia;
  • all countries listed in  region of Central Eurasia: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan.


Applicants for scholarship must fill out a current OSI SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE APPLICATION FORM before 24/05/2010.

The following documents should be attached to the application form:

  • A certified copy of the diploma/degree and diploma/degree transcript with an English translation.
  • Official results of English competency exams: TOEFL, Institutional TOEFL or IELTS not older than 3 years. The required minimum result is 500 points for TOEFL (for a computer test – 173; Internet based test – 61) and 6 for IELTS.
  • A passport copy.
  • 2 (two) recommendation letters from a professional or academic contact describing the applicant’s academic record, achievements and activities (research, community service, and programme development) in Public International Law, Human Rights or related discipline;
  • A letter of motivation from the applicant that describes the insights he or she gained from achievements and activities (research, community service, and programme development) in Public International Law or Human Rights. The limit is two pages with 1.5 spacing (Times New Roman).

Applicants who will receive their diploma from previous studies later than on the date of application can submit the application with a reference to the expected date of receipt of their diploma, which, however, may not be later than the date on which the study year at RGSL starts.

If the diploma or degree is obtained outside Latvia, academic recognition has to be made by the Latvian Academic Information Centre (AIC). The application is registered after review from AIC is requested and received by the RGSL. The final decision regarding the qualification for admission is taken by RGSL.

An application is considered completed only when the RGSL has received all required documents.

The Admissions Committee reserves the right to invite applicants for personal interviews.

More information can be found here.

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