2015 Open Society Foundation Disability Rights Scholarship Program

Application Deadline December 8, 2014

The Disability Rights Scholarship Program provides yearlong LLM awards to disability rights advocates and lawyers to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, impact litigation, and scholarship.

With the knowledge and networks gained through the program, we expect that fellows will have the ability to challenge rights violations in their home countries by drafting enforceable legislation consistent with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD), utilizing enforcement mechanisms set forth in the Convention, taking forward disability rights litigation requesting CRPD-compliant remedies, and engaging in disability rights advocacy. Alumni will also be qualified to train and mentor new lawyers in disability rights through clinical programs.

Eligibility Criteria

The program does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.  Candidates with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply. The competition is merit-based and open to those meeting the following criteria:

  • Citizen and legal resident of an eligible country at the time of application (China; Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia; Mexico, Peru, Colombia; Tunisia);
  • Work experience in the legal profession or advocacy focusing on human/disability rights;
  • 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);
  • Demonstrated leadership in the field of disability rights;
  • Proficient in spoken and written English or French and able to meet university-designated minimum scores on standardized language tests;
  • Able to participate in an intensive academic writing program in Summer 2015;
  • Able to begin the graduate program in August or September 2015;
  • Able to receive and maintain visa or study permit required by host country;
  • Clearly committed to return to home country to aid ongoing disability rights work.

For those needing materials in a different format, please contact the regional coordinator:

Residents of Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, or Zambia

Centre for Human Rights
(c/o Mr. Jehoshaphat Njau)
Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
Pretoria, 002, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0) 12 420 5408
Email: [email protected]

For More information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Open Society Foundation Disability Rights Scholarship Program 



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