Disability Rights Scholarship Program

The Disability Rights Scholarship Program provides year-long LLM awards to disability rights advocates and lawyers to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, impact litigation, and scholarship.

With the knowledge and networks gained through the scholarship, fellows will have the ability to challenge rights violations in their home countries by drafting enforceable legislation consistent with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), utilizing enforcement mechanisms set forth in the Convention, taking forward disability rights litigation, requesting CRPD-compliant remedies, and engaging in disability rights advocacy.

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:

  • Citizen and legal resident of an eligible country at the time of application (China; Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe; Mexico, Peru, Colombia);

  • Have work experience in the legal profession or advocacy focusing on human/disability rights;

  • Demonstrate 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);

  • Demonstrated leadership in the field of disability rights;

  • Proficient in spoken and written English or French and able to meet university-designated minimum scores on standardized language tests.


For further details, please see the detailed guidelines available for download on the left of the page or contact the appropriate regional coordinator. For those needing materials in a different format, please contact the regional coordinator: 

Residents of Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Centre for Human Rights
(c/o Mr. Jehoshaphat Njau)
Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
Pretoria, 002, South Africa
Email: jehoshaphat.njau@up.ac.za

Residents of Colombia, Mexico, and Peru

Centro de Investigación y Docencia en Derechos Humanos
Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata
Calle 25 de Mayo 2855. 8º piso
Mar del Plata, CP 7600, ARGENTINA
Contact: Prof. Francisco Bariffi
Tel-Fax: +54-223-491-1376
Email: redcdpd@gmail.com 
Website: novedadesredcdpd.blogspot.com.ar

Residents of China

Scholarship Programs, Open Society Foundations
Wing Mai Sang
224 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
Email: wingmai.sang@opensocietyfoundations.org