Categories: Fellowships Grants

Announcing African Civil Society Support Initiative Regional Fellowship Programme, 2013




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This fellowship is available for civil society leaders and human rights advocates and is provided by the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) along with their partners African Center for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) and is tenable at host organization in Sub-Saharan Africa. 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. The closing date of the grant is by 30 September 2013.



·        About the eligibility:-

To be eligible the applicants must:-

•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.

·        About the nationality:-

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) can apply for this Africa fellowship.

·        About the awards:-

1.     Three regional fellowships are offered.


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


3.     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.


4.     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.

·        About the applying procedure and the Deadline:-

1.     Applicants must submit a completed application, proposal and a CV to


2.     The deadline for applications is 30 September 2013.

For detailed information about the application and the scholarships please visit the link



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