Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa LAWA Fellowship Program 2021/2022

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The application for the 2021-2022 Fellowship year is now available. LAWA Application 2021-2022 The application is due on Friday, January 22nd, by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program (video) was founded in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., in order to train women’s human rights lawyers from Africa who are committed to returning home to their countries in order to advance the status of women and girls in their own countries throughout their careers.

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa LAWA Fellowship Program 2021

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Over 80 women’s human rights advocates from Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe have participated in the LAWA Program, and we hope to include Fellows from additional countries in the future.

Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa LAWA Fellowship Program 2021/2022 Value

The Women in Africa LAWA Fellowship Program helps to defray the costs for candidates who would not otherwise be able to afford an LL.M degree and additional professional development training.

It provides 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 $66,872 benefit).


22 January 2021.


Here are the requirements you need for the LAWA Fellowship Program;

  • Candidates who are admitted to the LAWA Program must be prepared to cover the costs of all additional expenses (such as their visas, travel, housing, utilities, food, clothing, health insurance, books, etc.), and must be able to demonstrate to the U.S. Embassy for visa purposes that they have the funds available to cover those expenses (approximately $28,000).
  • Due to the intensity of the LAWA Program and academic studies, LAWA Fellows have a very limited ability to work throughout the academic portion of the program. They must also affirm that they will return home after the LAWA Fellowship and continue to promote women’s human rights in their countries throughout their careers.
  • As a LAWA Fellow, you are required to obtain health insurance before you arrive in the United States and to maintain health insurance coverage throughout the entire duration of your fellowship. Medical services in the United States are extremely expensive, and neither the LAWA Program nor Georgetown University will assume financial responsibility for medical or hospital bills. Even with health insurance, you can expect to pay additional costs for doctors’ visits and medications. Eye care and dental care are not covered by the required Georgetown health insurance.
  • Fellows may stay through the Summer after completing their LL.M. to work in an internship and may extend this period depending on their visas. Most summer internships are not paid.

Duration of Fellowship

The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa LAWA Fellowship Program if approximately 14 months long.


Applications that are completed must be sent via email to morrisjc@georgetown.edu by 22 January 2021. Have in mind that, there’s no need to apply to Georgetown separately. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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For more information, visit this link https://www.law.georgetown.edu/wlppfp/lawa-fellowship-program/application-for-the-lawa-fellowship-program/


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