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Open Society Disability Rights Scholarship Program, 2015

Open Society Disability Rights Scholarship Program is available for disability rights advocates and lawyers to pursue LLM programme. This disability Scholarship programme is open for citizens of China, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Tunisia. The competition is merit-based and awarded to candidates who have excellent academic record with a Bachelor of Laws. The application deadline is 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..  Scholarships are available for pursuing masters degree level.
The research areas of this scholarship are:  Scholarships are provided in the field of law.
Who can apply to this scholarship? 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.
Benefits of the scholarship: Not Known
More information about the fellowship:
Duration: Scholarship is available for one academic year.
Number of scholarships: Not Known