African Civil Society Support Initiative Regional Fellowship Programme, 2013

Started by scholarman, Sep 15, 2013, 05:31 PM


The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) along with their partners African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) is offering Regional Fellowship Programme at host organization in Sub-Saharan Africa. African fellows must hold a Masters Degree or an Undergraduate Degree (in a related field of law, development studies, and international studies) with three years professional experience, to be eligible for this fellowship. Application must be send by 30 September 2013.

Study Subject (s): Proposals must focus on the legal environment for civil society (for example, the rules governing the establishment, operation, funding or sustainability of NGOs, NGO-government relations, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, etc.). We are particularly interested in fellowship activities that will support an ongoing reform initiative in the fellow's home country.

Course Level: This fellowship is available for civil society leaders and human rights advocates.

Scholarship Provider: The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) along with their partners African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS)

Scholarship can be taken at: Sub-Saharan Africa


•Possess African citizenship;

•Hold a Masters Degree or an Undergraduate Degree (in a related field to law, development studies, international studies) with three year professional experience;

•Have worked with the organization for over a years and show dedication in continuing on his/her work with this organization;

•Display knowledge of the legal framework governing civil society.

Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: Sub-Saharan African applicants (Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia or Zimbabwe) are eligible for this Africa fellowship.

Scholarship Description: The Programme will allow civil society leaders and freedom of association advocates spending three to four weeks working with a host NGO in another country in the region. Fellows will have the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with NGO leaders in other countries, build practical skills needed to advance civil society law initiatives, gain regional exposure, and build regional coalitions for reform. We will be awarding three regional fellowships to qualified civil society leaders and human rights advocates. Both fellow and host organization must be from Sub-Saharan Africa with countries with restrictive legal environments given priority. This is an action-oriented fellowship designed to provide opportunities to engage with other practitioners and experts in the region to advance the legal environment for civil society throughout the region. At the end of the fellowship, fellows will be required to submit a final report highlighting their learning outcomes and detailing how their new experiences will impact ongoing law reform in their home countries.

Number of award (s): Three regional fellowships are offered.

Duration of award(s): All fellowships will take place between the periods of 11th November – 9th December 2013 (flexibility of the exact dates during this month available).

What does it cover? ICNL will cover the cost of travel to and from the host city as well as room and board for the agreed-upon time period.

Selection Criteria: Compliance with eligibility requirements and application procedures.

•Past or present experience in civil society law as a lawyer, academic, government official, or NGO leader.

•Demonstrated interest in NGO law reform.

•Quality of the proposed activity, including the significance of the issue to be studied.

•Likelihood that the Fellowship will help advance the legal framework for civil society in the applicant's country.

•Commitment to continue working on civil society legal issues for a minimum of 12 months upon the applicant's return home, and ability to effect change based upon leadership potential.

•Applications that identify a preferred host organization and demonstrate some familiarity or prior contact between the fellow the potential host organization will be looked upon favourably.

Notification: Not Known

How to Apply: Applicants must submit a completed application, proposal and a CV  to

Scholarship Application Deadline: The deadline for applications is 30 September 2013.

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