The Open Society Disability Rights Scholarship Program provides awards for master’s degree study to disability rights advocates, lawyers, and educators to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, policy, research, and scholarship to harness the innovations and opportunities offered by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
Eligible African Countries: Ghana, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda
Participating schools include:
* School of Law, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
* Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada
* School of Law, University of Leeds, UK
* College of Law, Syracuse University, USA
* Washington College of Law, American University, USA
Eligibility: The Open Society Disability Rights Scholarship is merit based and open to those meeting the following criteria:
* be a citizen and legal resident of an eligible country: China; Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda; Mexico, or Peru at the time of application;
* have work experience in the legal profession or advocacy focusing on human/disability rights;
* have an excellent academic record with a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.; in exceptional circumstances, those without a LL.B but with substantial relevant experience may be considered)—degree must be awarded by the application deadline;
* have demonstrated leadership in the field of disability rights;
* be proficient in spoken and written English or French and able to meet university-designated minimum scores on standardized language tests;
* be able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in Summer;
* be able to begin the graduate program in August or September;
* be able to receive and maintain visa or study permit required by host country;
* demonstrate a clear commitment to return to home country to contribute to advancing the inclusion and full participation of persons with disabilities in their communities.
Value of the Program: The fellowship provides:
* tuition and mandatory university fees;
* monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses;
* program-related travel;
* accident and health insurance during the program;
* funds for educational materials and professional development;
* all costs associated with pre-academic summer program and annual conference;
* support for students with disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations necessary for participating in the program of study.
Duration of Scholarship: 1 year
How to Apply: Visit link below.