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Apply: Georgetown University Law CenterLeadership & Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship

Brief Description

Application for 2020-2021 Fellowship Year

Completed applications must be sent via e-mail to by

Friday, January 17, 2020.

This application must be filled out on a computer.  

Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

This application and all letters of reference must be in English.

Your qualifications for the LAWA Program will be evaluated on your ability to follow the instructions in this application. Please read every section of this application and follow the directions carefully, or you will not be considered.


The Leadership & Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program was founded in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC, in order 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 entire LAWA Fellowship Program is approximately 14 months long – from July of the first year through late August of the following year. The LAWA Program starts in early July, when the Fellows attend the Georgetown Law Center’s Foundations of American Law and U.S. Legal English courses. From August through May, the LAWA Fellows earn a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree at Georgetown with an emphasis on international women’s human rights and complete a major graduate thesis. Fellows also participate 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 LAWA Fellows have the option to complete an internship, but not every Fellow finds an appropriate internship placement or is selected by an organization to intern.

The LAWA Program helps defray the costs for candidates who would not otherwise be able to afford an LL.M. degree and additional professional development training. The LAWA 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. $5,000 benefit) and for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (a U.S. $66,650 benefit).

Deadline is January 17, 2020

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