Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program Application 2018-2019

How to Apply: The 2018/2019 LAWA Fellowship application is available at: https://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/wlppfp/lawa/LAWA-Application.cfm.

Required materials:

  1. Application form with three essay questions;
  2. Current Resume
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Transcript

Completed application must be sent via email to morrisjc@georgetown.edu by Friday, January 12, 2018. Letters of recommendation may be scanned and sent as email attachments (preferred) or mailed separately.

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., USA, 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.

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. From August through May, the 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. After graduation, the LAWA Fellows then have an opportunity to engage in challenging work assignments for several months at various public interest organizations to learn about different advocacy strategies to advance women’s human rights, before returning home to continue advancing women’s human rights in their own countries.

Upon completion of their Program, LAWA Alumnae have returned home to assume prominent leadership positions enabling them to focus on women’s rights issues in non-governmental organizations, government agencies, law schools, courts, legislatures, and private firms.

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.

Visit the Fellowship website at https://www.law.georgetown.edu/academics/centers-institutes/wlppfp/lawa/index.cfm for details.

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