Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship Program for Women in Africa

Georgetown University
Masters (MS) Degree

Deadline:around Sept (annual)
Study in:  USA
Next course starts July 2011

Brief description:

The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program aims 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.

The entire LAWA Fellowship Program is approximately 14 months long (from July of the first year through August of the following year).   LAWA Fellows earn a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at Georgetown with an emphasis on international women’s human rights and complete a major graduate paper on a significant women’s rights issue in their home countries.

Host Institution(s):

Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC, USA

Field of study:

Master of Laws Degree focusing on international women’s human rights

Number of Awards:

Over 50 women’s human rights advocates from Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe have participated in the LAWA Program since 1993.

Target group:

Women from any African Country.

Scholarship value/inclusions:

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. $42,065 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 $25,000).

Eligibility:

Inquire with the scholarship provider for further information.

Application instructions:

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.  The application form can be downloaded from the official website.  For 2010-2011 round,  the deadline for applications was 30 September 2009 (offered annually).

Contact information:

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Program
Georgetown University Law Center
600 New Jersey Ave, NW, Suite 336
Washington, DC 20001
Fax: 1-202-662-9117
E-mail: wlppfp@law.georgetown.edu

Website:

Official Scholarship Website: http://www.law.georgetown.edu/wlppfp/LAWA/index.html

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