Application Deadline: Friday, January 17, 2020.
The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program was founded in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in order to train women’s human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home to their countries in order to advance the status of women and girls in their own countries throughout their careers. Over 80 women’s human rights advocates from Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe have participated in the LAWA Program, and we hope to include Fellows from additional countries in the future.
The entire LAWA Fellowship Program is approximately 14 months long (from July of the first year through August of the following year), after which the LAWA Fellows return home to continue advocating for women’s rights in their own countries. The LAWA Program starts in July, when the Fellows attend the Georgetown Law Center’s Foundations of American Law and Legal Education course.
The LAWA Program helps defray the costs for women’s rights attorneys
from Africa who would not otherwise be able to afford a Master of Laws
degree focusing on international women’s human rights and the additional
leadership training. The LAWA Fellowship provides the tuition for the
Foundations of American Law and Legal Education Course (a U.S. $5,000
benefit) and for the LL.M. degree (a U.S. $66,650 benefit) at the
Georgetown University Law Center, as well as professional development
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
Due to the intensity of the LAWA Program and academic studies, LAWA
Fellows have a very limited ability to work throughout the academic
portion of the program. They must also affirm that they will return home
after the LAWA Fellowship and continue to promote women’s human rights
in their countries throughout their careers.
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