Georgetown Law Leadership And Advocacy For Women In Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program 2024-2025 (Funded)

The Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program was established in 1993 at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. It aims to provide training for women’s human rights lawyers from Africa who are dedicated to returning to their home countries and working towards advancing the status of women and girls throughout their careers.

Georgetown Law Leadership And Advocacy For Women In Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program
Georgetown Law Leadership And Advocacy For Women In Africa (LAWA) Fellowship Program

LAWA has welcomed over 80 women’s human rights advocates from various African countries, such as Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The program also looks forward to including Fellows from additional countries in the future.

The LAWA Fellowship Program spans approximately 14 months, running from July of the first year through August of the following year. After completion of the program, LAWA Fellows return to their respective countries to continue their advocacy for women’s rights. The program commences in July, with the Fellows participating in the Georgetown Law Center’s Foundations of American Law and Legal Education course.


  • The LAWA Fellowship covers the cost of the mandatory Foundations of American Law and Legal Education course, which takes place from mid-July to mid-August (a benefit valued at U.S. $5,000), as well as the Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from the Georgetown University Law Center (a benefit valued at U.S. $78,422).
  • On-campus housing is provided for the first three weeks of the summer program, estimated at a value of U.S. $1,400. Students also receive $2,000 towards the cost of health insurance and can be reimbursed up to $300 for required textbooks for each of the two semesters.


  • To be considered for the LAWA Fellowship, you must be a women’s human rights lawyer from Africa and possess an LL.B. or another law degree. Preference is given to candidates who currently reside and work in Africa and do not already hold a Masters’ Degree.
  • Strong applicants for the fellowship typically have around five to ten years of experience after law school, although those with less or more experience will also be considered. Candidates who have no work experience and are applying directly from an LL.B. Attending a different law school or holding a degree from another institution will not be taken into account.
  • The LAWA Program strongly encourages applications from individuals committed to women’s rights, regardless of gender identity.
  • To be eligible for the LAWA Program. All applicants must commit to returning to their home countries after completing the Fellowship. And dedicating their professional endeavours to promoting women’s human rights throughout their careers.
  • A strong command of written and spoken English is crucial. Language difficulties have proven to be a significant challenge for past LAWA Fellows.
  • The LAWA Program expects candidates to be proficient in computer usage for drafting papers and conducting research. It is strongly recommended that candidates acquire basic computer skills before arrival, with improved typing speed being the minimum requirement.
  • Candidates must be prepared for an intensive course of study. LAWA Fellows undertake one mandatory course and several elective courses over two academic semesters. Each class necessitates thorough preparation, involving reading hundreds of pages. Fellows are also required to produce a Masters’ Thesis of at least 40 pages, which entails rigorous research, writing, and editing. Successful completion of the program demands exceptional focus and significant effort. If you are not ready to make this serious academic commitment, it is advised not to apply.

Application procedure

  • The application must be completed on a computer; handwritten submissions will not be considered. Both the application and all letters of reference must be in English. Your eligibility for the LAWA program will be assessed based on your ability to adhere to the application instructions.
  • To access the application form, please click on the provided link to download the form.

For further information on the Fellowship please visit the official website.

Application Deadline

January 19, 2024.



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