Scottish Human Rights Defender Fellowship in Autumn 2018: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00620
Date received: 26 February 2018
Date responded: 1 March 2018

Information requested

All information (to be sent to you by email) pertaining to the source breakdown for the financial outlay involved in the Scottish Human Rights Defender Fellowship in Autumn 2018. Following a request for clarification of the information you sought, you stated that you would like a financial breakdown of the source of all funding for this project.


The answer to your question is that the Scottish Government has allocated £35,000 to set up and run a Human Rights Defender Fellowship. The scheme will take two fellows for three months from September to December 2018. The University of Dundee will host the Fellowship and provide the necessary administrative functions. The costs incurred in connection with the Fellowship will be met by the Scottish Government.

The source of the above funding is the Scottish Government. The sum in question is contained within the £22.7 million allocated to Equalities in the Scottish Budget for 2018-19. Further information about the Budget and the Scottish Government's spending plans can be found on the Scottish Government website at:


Once operational, the Fellowship may be eligible for grant funding from the EU Temporary Relocation Platform of up to 50% of the cost for each human rights defender. Further information about the Platform can be found at:

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