Open Society Foundation Disability Rights Scholarship Program 2018 for Africans Fully Funded

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017

The Disability Rights Scholarship Program provides yearlong awards for master’s degree study to disability rights advocates, lawyers, and educators to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, policy, research, and scholarship to harness the innovations and opportunities offered by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

Eligibility Criteria
The program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Candidates with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply. The competition is merit-based and open to those meeting the following criteria:

be a citizen and legal resident of China, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Mexico, or Peru at the time of application
have work experience in the legal profession or advocacy focusing on human/disability rights
have an excellent academic record with a bachelor of laws (LLB; in exceptional circumstances, those without a LLB but with substantial relevant experience may be considered)—a degree must be awarded by the application deadline
have demonstrated leadership in the field of disability rights
be proficient in spoken and written English or French and able to meet university-designated minimum scores on standardized language tests
be able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in summer 2018
be able to begin the graduate program in August or September 2018
be able to receive and maintain visa or study permit required by host country
demonstate a clear commitment to return to home country to contribute to advancing the inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in their communities
Participating Institutions
Fellows will be clustered if possible at select institutions that demonstrate cutting-edge capacity for legal education in international disability rights, and that are interested in forming a consortium of schools dedicated to developing this field and deepening their own capacity with an international perspective. In nurturing such a network, the Program strives to encourage faculties to incorporate disability rights into existing human rights curricula and participate in collaboratively-designed workshops and research efforts in the field. Participating schools include:
Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada
School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
School of Law, University of Leeds, UK
College of Law, Syracuse University, USA
Washington College of Law, American University, USA
Fellowship worth:
The fellowship provides:
tuition and mandatory university fees;
monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses;
program-related travel;
accident and health insurance during the program;
funds for educational materials and professional development;
all costs associated with pre-academic summer program and annual conference;
support for students with disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations necessary for participating in the program of study.
Application Guideline:
For further details, see the complete guidelines and submit an application online, or contact the appropriate regional coordinator below.
Residents of Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, or Uganda
Centre for Human Rights
(c/o Mr. Jehoshaphat Njau)
Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
Pretoria, 002, SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 3587

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