Enter the 2019 Marsh Awards and win £500 towards your activism ideas!

Aberdeen Students ‘Run for Refugees’ event, raising money for a scholarship for students from refugee backgrounds
Aberdeen Students ‘Run for Refugees’ event, raising money for a scholarship for students from refugee backgrounds

If you’ve got innovative ideas for increasing the impact of your group’s activism, then we want to hear from you!

Every day, Amnesty groups educate and empower people in amazing ways to take action on human rights in their communities. Sometimes though, we know your amazing ideas feel a bit out of your financial reach.

This is where the Marsh Awards for Human Rights Activism can help. We have partnered with the Marsh Christian Trust to recognise your passion and encourage your creativity. There are three prizes of £500 available to Amnesty groups to help make your ideas a reality.

Who can enter?

Any affiliated Amnesty Group can enter - there are three categories: Local, Youth and Student.

If you are working together with other groups on a project, you can also enter a joint submission. 

What kind of ideas are you looking for?

Your ideas need to positively impact people’s understanding of human rights. Aside from that, the only limit is your imagination!

Last year’s winners had radically different, but equally impactful ideas:

Liverpool Amnesty Group encouraged poets and musicians to participate in setting up a story telling group. They focused on telling the story of various Human Rights Defenders through music and poetry at local bars and venues across their city.

Aberdeen University Amnesty International Society organised a sponsored Run for Refugees, to bring local people together and to raise funds towards providing the ‘Shining Light Scholarship’ at their University, which seeks to make higher education more accessible to students from refugee backgrounds.

Sedbergh School’s Amnesty Youth Group planned a weekend of activism. They started with a talk from a Human Rights Lawyer & a visit from their local MP on Friday, followed by a full day of workshops on human rights issues on Saturday, and finished it off with a ‘FundRaver’ to raise money for Amnesty’s work on the Sunday!

How do we enter?

To enter, you need to download and compete the application form below detailing what your ideas are and how they meet the criteria. Please return it by email to activism@amnesty.org.uk no later than Friday 8th March.


Please feel free to email activism@amnesty.org.uk with your query and include 'Marsh Awards' in the subject.