Open Society Justice Initiative Fellows Program

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Open Society Justice Initiative Fellows Program: The Open Society Justice Initiative joins with Central European University to announce the Justice Initiative Fellows Program for 2010–2012.

The aim of the program is to support and further develop a network of lawyers and activists working on human rights-related issues internationally.

Up to ten applicants will be selected in 2010 to participate in this two-year program of study and practical work experience.

Applicants from the following regions and countries are eligible: Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Central/South America.

Applicants must be nominated by a national nongovernmental organization concerned with human rights.

The applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to human rights, and have a university degree and a high degree of proficiency in English.

Criteria for selection will include the applicant's experience, his/her potential to contribute to the protection and promotion of human rights, and the suitability of the applicant's proposed role in the nominating NGO.

Upon selection, fellows will be required to sign an agreement with the Justice Initiative committing themselves to the program for two years.

The first year is spent at Central European University, the second in the applicant's home country, working with the nominating NGO.

Fellows will reside a total of one year in Hungary, at the Central European University's Legal Studies Department.

They will undertake a degree program (MA or LLM in Human Rights, dependent on their undergraduate degree), in which they will be required to fulfill the requirements of the Human Rights Program at the Central European University.

During their stay at the Central European University the Fellows will also participate in a three-month internship placement with leading NGOs in Europe from January until March.

Financial conditions will be identical to Central European University policies for full scholarship students.

Fellows will return to their local nominating NGOs after the first year, where they will spend at least one year working in human rights advocacy on a nonprofit basis: providing legal services, undertaking human rights litigation, providing training and education, etc.

The Justice Initiative will pay a local salary during this second year equal to an amount determined to be similar to equivalent work by the nominating NGO.

This amount will be provided to the nominating NGOs in the form of a grant.

Follow the links below for more details and application contacts.

Deadline: January 25.

For more information and fellowship application, see: Open Society Justice Initiative Fellows Program Website.

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