The Open Society Justice Initiative together with Central European University (CEU) calls for applications for its 2013-2015 Justice Initiative Fellows Program. The Justice Initiative Fellows Program is a two-year program of study and practical work experience whose objective is to support and further develop a network of lawyers and activists working internationally on human rights issues.
During the first year of the fellowship, Fellows will undertake a human rights degree program at CEU’s Legal Studies Department (either an M.A. or LL.M., depending on their undergraduate degree). This first year of study also includes a three-month internship with a leading European human rights organization. Fellows will receive a full scholarship for their CEU studies.
During the second year of the fellowship, the fellows will be employed by their nominating NGO to conduct human rights advocacy on a non-profit basis. Their work can range from providing legal services, to undertaking human rights litigation, to providing training and human rights education. The Fellows’ salary during this second year of practical work will be paid by the Justice Initiative in the form of a grant to the nominating organization. Compensation will be based on the nominating NGO’s practices as well as local pay scales.
In 2013, eight applicants will be awarded Justice Initiative Fellowships.
Applicants from the following regions are eligible: Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Central/South America.
Applicants must be nominated by a national non-governmental organization (NGO) concerned with human rights. Criteria for selection will include the applicant’s experience, his/her potential to contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights, and the suitability of the applicant's proposed role in the nominating NGO. The applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to human rights, and have a university degree and a high degree of proficiency in English.
This call for applications is now closed. Please check back in October 2013.