Georgetown University Africa Women Fellowship
The Georgetown University is a private Catholic research university in the Georgetown neighbourhood of Washington, D.C. the capital of the United States. The university is especially known for preparing leaders for careers in government and international affairs. Georgetown’s notable alumni include U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia. The Georgetown University Africa women fellowship programme was designed to train women’s human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home to their countries to advance the status of women and girls throughout their careers.
The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa are about 14 months long from July of the first year through late August of the following year. Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellows commit to returning home to continue advocating for women’s rights in their own countries. The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa fellows also take part in professional development seminars and networking events with recent U.S. law school graduates who are working in the field of women’s rights.
After graduation, the Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellows will 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 to their important women’s rights work in their home countries.
Georgetown University Africa Women Fellowship Programme Requirements
– Candidates who are awarded a Georgetown University Africa Women Fellowship must be ready to cover the costs of all other expenses (such as visas, travel, housing, utilities, food, clothing, health insurance, books, fees, etc.).
– Candidates must be able to show to the U.S. Embassy for visa purposes that they have the full amount of funds available to cover these expenses when of their visa application. This totals over the U.S. $28,000. For the summer internship part, students need to show $2,232 per month, for the 2 to 3 month internship period. These costs are much less if you can affirm that you will live with family in the Washington, DC area.
– The Georgetown University Africa Women Fellowship Candidates are encouraged to apply for personal funding or seek support from their employers. The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Program do not have the capacity to help with these efforts. Please refer to this for a sample budget from the last school year. See details of admissions financial aids.
– There is a fellowship available from AAUW in the amount of $18,000. Check out the application details. You are strongly encouraged to carefully read and comply with every need of the application, as incomplete or incorrect applications will not be considered. Please also note that AAUW requires you to submit a TOEFL score.
– You must be a women’s human rights lawyer from Africa to be considered. You must hold an LL.B. or another law degree. Preference is given to those who:
– You are currently living and working in Africa, and
do not already have a Masters’ Degree.
– The strongest applicants tend to be about five to ten years out of law school. Others with less of more experience may be considered and accepted into the Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Program. Candidates with no work experience and are applying directly from an LL.B. or another law school will not be considered.
– Men who are committed to women’s rights are strongly encouraged to apply.
– As a requirement of participation in the Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Program, all applicants must commit to return home to their own countries upon completion of the Fellowship and to use their best professional efforts to advance women’s human rights in their counties throughout their careers.
– You must have strong English language skills, both written and oral. Language problems have been the primary barrier to success for Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellows.
– The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Program require candidates to become proficient in using computers for drafting papers and conducting research. Candidates are strongly encouraged to learn basic computer skills before arrival to make this transition easier. At the very minimum, candidates should work to improve their typing speed before starting the program.
– Candidates must be ready to enter a very demanding course of study. Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellows take four required courses and several more elective courses over the course of the two semesters. Fellows are required to produce a Masters’ Thesis totalling no fewer than 40 pages, including several drafts of intense research, writing and editing. Successful completion of the program requires intense commitment, focus, and very hard work.
Georgetown University Africa Women Fellowship Programme Benefits
– The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Program help defray the costs for candidates who would not otherwise be able to afford an LL.M. degree focusing on international women’s human rights and other professional development training.
– The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellowship provides the tuition for the mandatory Foundations of American Law and Legal Education course held from mid-July to mid-August (a U.S. $2,000 benefit) and for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (a U.S. $61,000 benefit).
– Candidates must be able to offer for their own living expenses while in the United States. You can visit the application website for more detailed information