Student Vocational Bursary Scheme
Bursary Scheme 2016
The UKELA Vocational Bursary Fund is intended to enable students to undertake a period of vocational placement (such as an internship or externship) in the field of environmental law. The 2016 scheme is now closed for entries.
We hope to offer this opportunity again in 2017. In the meantime, why not read about some of our previous winners below, who have gone on to take up fascinating roles in the environmental and legal world.
There were two winners of the UKELA Vocational Bursary Fund 2015. Jessica Allen attended a summer law school (SLS) on “International and European Environmental Law” organised by a regional group of the European Law Students Association (ELSA) called ELSA Salerno. The summer school was hosted by the University of Salerno in Italy from 6th to 10th July 2015.
Jessica says of the experience: "Through attending this SLS, I have been able to substantially increase my knowledge and awareness of environmental law issues in a far more effective way than if I were to research these topics on my own. The wealth and breadth of subjects covered have informed my understanding of how the law interacts with environmental protection. As regards professional development, I am now seriously considering a taught Master’s degree in international law." Jessica has since taken up the voluntary post of Assistant Editor on UKELA's journal, e-law, while she continues her studies.
Rina Kuusipalo spent summer 2015 from the beginning of June to the end of September as an Intern at the UN Climate Change Secretariat in Bonn, Germany. In particular, she worked on political strategy within the Office of the Executive Secretary, Christiana Figueres (the head of the organisation).
Rina says: "It was a truly exciting time to be part of the secretariat’s work, to take part in the lead-up to the UN COP21 climate summit this December in Paris. This summit has produced a universal, legally binding agreement on climate change. As a law student, I found it fascinating to witness the immense work that goes into the legal drafting and political support for the agreement behind the scenes."