Scholarship Programme

The Trust Conference Scholarship Programme funds frontline activists and human rights defenders from across the world to attend the annual conference. In 2017, we received applications from 90 countries and selected Scholars from developing nations with expert knowledge of our conference themes.

This year, we will award up to 60 scholarships to applicants from diverse disciplines that will bring unique perspectives and help forge tangible commitments at Trust Conference. For global leaders who want to connect and take action, the prestigious Trust Conference Scholarship Programme offers access to an influential gathering of NGOs, heads of corporations, lawyers, public servants and philanthropists from around the world.

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Types of Scholarships

Scholarship selection will be based on a rating system developed by the scholarship review committee. Scholarship recipients will use their bursary to cover all travel, visa and accommodation costs to attend Trust Conference 2017. There is no further funding available to cover expenses. Scholarships will be awarded at three levels:
Ticket only
One non-transferable ticket to Trust Conference
Partial scholarship
One non-transferable ticket and £500 bursary
Full scholarship
One non-transferable ticket and £1,000 bursary

2017 Scholars

Ahmad Al Rashid

Student and Activist

Ahmed Raza

Social Activist

Alejandra Acosta

Co-founder, Break the Silence Project

Ana Bulgar Murray

Co- Founder, Black Button Books

Andrea Powell

Founder and Executive Director of FAIR Girls

Angel Saltos

Executive Director, Moonlight International

Ankit Khanal

Founder and Programme Director, Community Solutions Initiative- Nepal

Anny Tengamendite Modi

Women's Rights Activist

Ashif Shaikh

Co-founder, Jan Sahas

Asia Kamukama

Development Economist

Aysel Asgarova

National Co-ordinator - YPEER, Azerbaijan

Azadeh Bahramji

Human Rights Activist and Author

Caitlin Wyndham

Resources and Partnerships Leader, Blue Dragon Children's Foundation

Christina Moreno

Founder/Legal Consultant, SheMatters Organisation

Christine Du Preez

Director, Hoedspruit Training Trust

Cynthia Simkonda

Programme Officer, Centre for Environmental Policy and Advocacy

Diego Tabares


Fale Lesa

Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Fatima Kissi Traore

Software Engineer & Drive Forward Ambassador

Florence Nassali

Founder, Real Women Organisation

Gawie Kanjemba

Lawyer and Activist

Gil Machado Torres

Teacher, University of Toulouse

Goutam Kumar Sanyal

Project Technical Expert, Lotus Shishu Shadan

Heidy Quah

Founder, Refuge for the Refugees

Hellen Waiswa Lunkuse

Human Rights Defender

Irene Hirzel

Managing Director, ACT212

Javed Hussain

Executive Director, Sindh Community Foundation

Jigme Konchok

Tsuma, Drukpa Order

Khadicha Abysheva

President, Legal Center for Women's Initiatives

Kirill Boychenko

Campaign Coordinator, International Labor Rights Forum

Layth Slewa

Planning specialist, HOBY Iraq

Loria-Mae Heywood

PhD researcher, University of Hull

Malish Joseph

Senior Operations Assistant, IOM

Mariana Wenzel

CEO and Co-Founder, ANTHUS

Melissa Fairey

Community Development Worker and Youth Advocate

Mojisola Adewumi

Creative Director/Founder, 21st Century Entrepreneur Initiatives/Royal

Morsad Adil

Managing Partner, Morsad Adil

Nda Helmina

Projects Coordinator, Centre for Assistance to Victims of Trafficking and Violence (CAVT)

Nevena Borisova

Journalist and Poet

Noorzia Afridi

Founder, SAWERA

Pema Lhaki

Executive Director, NFCC

Prita Jha

Founder and President, Peace and Equality Cell ( PEC)

Raafia Raees Khan

Vice CEO, SWAaT for Pakistan

Raluca Negulescu-Balaci

Executive Director, Policy Center for Roma and Minorities

Rethabile Konopo

Consultant and Founder, Konopo & Partner Labour Law consultancy

Richard Yohane

Activist, Rights Institute for Social Empowerment (RISE)

Rujuta Teredesai

Co-founder & Director, Equal Community Foundation

Samah Mansur

Officer of gender and women's rights unit, The Appropriate Communication Techniques for Development - ACT

Samantha Sibanda

Founder, Signs of Hope Trust

Sanaulhaq Ahmadzai

Chairman and Trustee, ICRAA

Sandrine Henton

Investment Director, Educate Global Fund

Shaima Aly

Co-founder, Net Impact Oman Hub

Shaista Gohir

Director, Muslim Women's Network UK

Smarita Sengupta

Found and director, Destiny Reflection

Taffan Ako Sharif

Student and Social Entrepreneur, EmpowHERments and TISFF

Virginia Ifaediro

Vital Voices fellow & Development professional

Volha Damarad

Human Rights Lawyer, University of Tartu

Yostina Boules

Co-founder, Taqa Solutions

​Ackel Zwane

All Scholars


The Trust Conference Scholarship Programme is open to all applicants working in the areas of human rights; including women's rights, education, human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Priority will be given to applicants from developing countries who will demonstrate their participation at Trust Conference will enhance their work in their own communities.


Scholarship applications will open in February 2018. Applications can only be received online. Please complete the application in English only.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in summer 2018.

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