ISHR fellowship programme for Africans

If you are a passionate advocate for human rights in Africa, the 2024 International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) Fellowship could be an ideal opportunity. The 2024 ISHR fellowship programme is open, and they are looking for dedicated postgraduate Fellows to join their Africa Programme.

The International Service for Human Rights invites all qualified candidates to apply regardless of their diversity, be it religion, colour, race, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other identity protected by law.

ISHR fellowship programme for Africans

Application DeadlineMay 22, 2024
Duration1 year
VenueAbidjan, Côte d’Ivoire or remotely in Africa
Start DateSeptember 2, 2024
Value1000-2000€ / month
Sponsor International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

Value and Duration

  • If you get selected for this fellowship, you will be granted a remuneration package ranging from 1000€ to 2000€ per month. The amount you will get will be based on these three factors: location, qualifications, and experience.
  • The fellowship is a full-time position that will take one year. It will also require 37.5 hours per week and can be conducted either remotely or in Abidjan (if eligible).

What are the benefits of this ISHR fellowship programme?

This ISHR fellowship programme will offer several key benefits, including:

  • Immersive experience: Being part of this programme means you will closely work with a dynamic team, gaining firsthand insights into the workings of a global human rights organization.
  • Hands-On Experience: Besides immersive experience, you will also gain unparalleled hands-on experience in human rights advocacy, equipping you with practical skills and insights that are invaluable for your career development.
  • Action-Oriented Experience: This fellowship goes beyond passive observation. This means that you will actively be able to apply international and regional human rights law. In addition to that, you will also be at the forefront of driving policy advancements and implementing protections for human rights defenders throughout Africa.
  • Collaboration: Collaboration is a key part of this fellowship. Therefore, you will collaborate with ISHR’s diverse staff across various locations, absorbing invaluable knowledge and skills along the way.
  • Learn new skills: Over the course of a year, you’ll dive deep into monitoring key deliberations and negotiations at the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR). In addition, you will also be at the forefront of important acts or subjects. For example, lobbying and advocating within these forums.
  • Global Engagement: The fellowship opens doors to engage with United Nations human rights mechanisms, offering you a platform to influence policies and practices worldwide. This exposure broadens your impact and strengthens your advocacy skills.

Requirements for ISHR Fellowship For Africans

Not everyone is eligible to be part of the ISHR Fellowship programme. To be eligible, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • You should be a recent graduate with a Master’s or LL.M in human rights law, international public law, or any other related field. Consideration will also be given to graduates from relevant graduate-level programs.
  • You should be excellent at writing and communicating in both French and English (mandatory).
  • You should be capable of working remotely and independently.
  • You should have strong research and drafting abilities and undertake diverse tasks.
  • Have a good proficiency in international and regional human rights law.
  • Familiarity with the African Union, ACHPR mechanisms, and challenges faced by African human rights defenders. Knowledge of the UN system is beneficial.
  • Capable of comprehensive and accurate reporting on meetings.
  • Knowledge of official ACHPR languages, particularly Arabic and Portuguese, is advantageous.
  • You should be a flexible, self-motivated individual with good collaboration skills, specifically within an international and multicultural team.

Application Documents

To apply for this fellowship programme, you only need three documents:

  • Cover letter.
  • A CV that is 2 pages maximum with no profile photo
  • 1 relevant writing sample that is 5 pages, including bibliographies.

How to apply for the ISHR fellowship programme

  1. Go to the Africa Programme Fellowship September 2024 application page to complete your application.
  2. Fill out the application form provided with correct and full details.
  3. Ensure that you attach a cover letter expressing your commitment to human rights and social change and a 2-page CV.
  4. Submit one relevant writing sample, no more than 5 pages including bibliographies.
  5. Make sure to check the ‘Privacy Policy’ and ‘Send me a copy of my responses’ box by clicking it.
  6. Ensure all application materials are complete before clicking submit

For more details, Check out the ISHR Africa Program Fellowship Vacancy PDF

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