Understanding the Fellowship

Who can apply?

Women legal defenders with a commitment to access to justice and women’s rights, including the rights of accused women and girls in their community, who are based in one of the countries listed below, can apply for the 2021 AA2J Fellowship. The applicant must be a qualified and respected lawyer with experience handling cases in their country. All applicants must have access to an internet connection and a computer that they can use throughout the project as well as experience using technology, including video conferencing software and mobile communications apps, as some of the project activities must be conducted online. Please note, experience in project management is valued and English language skills are a plus.

In order to apply, the applicant must be a woman lawyer in one of these countries: The Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia, or Zimbabwe.

What are the requirements of the Fellowship project?

Please see the application for more details on the project requirements.

What will I receive if I am chosen to be an AA2J Network Fellow?

Fellows will receive a fellowship award of $5000 (US Dollars). In addition to the fellowship award, they will be supported with mentoring, training, access to digital tools, and networking opportunities, as well as support from the IBJ global network. 

When is the deadline to apply?

The 2021 AA2J Fellowship application process officially closes on Thursday 15 April 2021 at 23:59 GMT +2.

When are results announced?

IBJ will publicly announce the winning Fellows on 10 May 2021.

Does it cost anything to apply?

Applying for the 2021 AA2J Fellowship is entirely free of charge.

Application Questions

I have questions on the application; what do I do?

Applications are now closed.

What languages can I use to apply?

Applications will be accepted in English and French.

How do I submit the application?

Applications are now closed.

I submitted my Application and I would like to make changes.  What can I do?

Applications are now closed.

What are the selection criteria for the applicants?

Applicants will be assessed on their leadership capacity, legal aptitude, and ability to implement an access to justice project.