Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. is offering LAWA fellowship programme for applicants from any African country. Fellowship is available for pursuing master degree programme.
The LAWA Program helps defray the costs for candidates who would not otherwise be able to afford an LL.M. degree focusing on international women’s human rights and additional professional development training.
The goals of the U.S. and LAWA Fellowships are multifaceted to advance the rights and well-being of women and their families through legal advocacy, research, outreach and education; to allow public interest organizations to benefit from skilled legal assistance.
Applicants must have strong English language skills both written and oral. Language problems have been the primary barrier to success for LAWA Fellows.
Course Level: Fellowship is available for pursuing master degree programme.
Study Subject: Fellowship is provided in the field of law. Fellowship programme is committed to train women’s human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home to their countries to advance the status of women and girls throughout their careers.
Scholarship Award: The LAWA Fellowship provides the tuition for the Foundations of American Law and Legal Education Course (a U.S. $2,200 benefit) and for the LL.M. degree (a U.S. $46,865 benefit) at the Georgetown University Law Center, as well as professional development training. Candidates who are admitted to the LAWA Program must be prepared to cover the costs of all additional expenses (such as their visas, travel, housing, utilities, food, clothing, health insurance, books, etc.), and must be able to demonstrate to the U.S. Embassy for visa purposes that they have the funds available to cover those expenses (approximately $28,000).
Scholarship can be taken at: USA
Eligibility: Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the LAWA Fellowship programme:-
-Candidates who are awarded a LAWA Fellowship must be prepared to cover the costs of all additional expenses (such as visas, travel, housing, utilities, food, clothing, health insurance, books, fees, etc.). Candidates must be able to demonstrate to the U.S. Embassy for visa purposes that they have the full amount of funds available to cover these expenses at the time of their visa application. This totals over U.S. $25,845. For the summer internship portion, students need to show $2,232 per month, for the 2 to 3 month internship period. These costs are significantly less if you can affirm that you are staying with family in the Washington, DC area.
-Candidates are encouraged to apply for individual funding, or seek support from their employers. The LAWA Program does not have the capacity to assist with these efforts. Please refer to this for a sample budget from the last school year.
-You must be a women’s human rights lawyer from Africa to be considered. Preference is given to those who are currently living and working in Africa, and who do not already have an advanced degree. Men who are committed to women’s human rights are strongly encouraged to apply.
-As a requirement of participation in the LAWA Program, all applicants must commit to return home to their own countries upon completion of the Fellowship, and to use their best professional efforts to advance women’s human rights in their counties throughout their careers.
-You must have strong English language skills both written and oral. Language problems have been the primary barrier to success for LAWA Fellows.
-The program will require candidates to become profession in using computers for drafting papers and conducting research. Candidates are encouraged to learn basic computer skills before arrival in order to make this transition easier.
Nationality: Applicants from any African countries (Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe) are eligible to apply for this fellowship programme.
College Admission Requirement :
Entrance Requirement: Applicants must be a women’s human rights lawyer from Africa to be considered. Preference is given to those who are currently living and working in Africa, and who do not already have an advanced degree. Men who are committed to women’s human rights are strongly encouraged to apply.
English Language Requirement: Applicants must have strong English language skills both written and oral. Language problems have been the primary barrier to success for LAWA Fellows.
Supporting Material: The required components for complete application packet are as follows:-
-Complete the Application Form, including all three essay questions.
-Current Resume, indicating your employment history (both paid and volunteer positions, including the name of your employer, location of your employment (city, country), dates of your employment (start and end dates), and description of your work for each position you have held); your education from high school to the present (including the name and location (city, country) of the institution, dates attended (including date of graduation), degree awarded, grade point average or your class rank and number of students, and your participation in any extracurricular activities); titles of any published materials (articles, books, reports, etc.) or significant research papers; any special honors, awards, scholarships, or fellowships; and any memberships in organizations or community activities in which you have been involved, including any leadership roles.
-Two Letters of Recommendation (letters of reference) from persons who are well acquainted with you, your commitment to advancing women’s human rights in your country, your legal abilities, and your work. At least one should be a person who has expressed a willingness to assist you in a professional manner upon your return to your country.
-Official Law School Transcript or indicate the date on which you requested the registrar’s office at your law school to send your transcript to them. The LAWA program cannot make an offer until we receive your official law school transcript(s). Photocopies are not sufficient. Please include an explanation of the grading and ranking system.
-Applicants must send the completed application via e-mail to wlppfp-at-law.georgetown.edu by Friday, January 15, 2016. Your letters of recommendation may be scanned and sent as e-mail attachments, or may be mailed separately. Please use only one method – do not send multiple copies. If you applied to the LAWA Program last year, you do not need to re-send your transcript, but you must resubmit your completed application form with your responses to questions 1-21, your updated resume, and updated recommendations.
How to Apply: Applicants must send the completed application via e-mail to wlppfp-at-law.georgetown.edu. Applications can also be send by post. In order to apply for scholarship, you must complete the scholarship application form that can be downloaded through the given link:
Application Deadline: Applications will close on January 15, 2016.