Applications for the 2021 AA2J Women’s Fellowship are now closed.

We are looking for women leaders with innovative strategies to advance the efforts of women defenders and protect the rights of vulnerable accused.  These women will serve as a founding AA2J Network Fellow and will each create a network chapter in their country. As a part of their chapter activities, each Fellow will lead the design and implementation of a project to provide pro bono legal aid for 70 accused women and girls in their community. In this effort, each Fellow will be supported by an IBJ Mentor to help ensure success.

Applicants are required to submit a detailed proposal of how they will:

  1. Build an AA2J Network chapter of women defense lawyers in their country; and
  2. Spearhead the design and implementation of a chapter project to provide pro bono legal aid to women and girls in conflict with the law in their country.

What do Fellows Receive?

The applicants chosen as Fellows will receive a fellowship award of $5000 (US Dollars). In addition to the fellowship award, AA2J Fellows will be supported with mentoring, training, access to digital tools, and networking opportunities, as well as support from the IBJ global network.  

Please note, during this phase of the AA2J Network, this opportunity is open to women defense lawyers from the following countries:     The Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Submission of Application

We welcome women defense lawyers from the above countries who meet the eligibility requirements set forth in the application to send their completed applications in English or French to

The application deadline is April 15, 2021 at 23:59 (11:59 PM) GMT +2. Fellowship winners will be announced on May 10, 2021.

If you have any further questions about the Fellowship, please take a look at our FAQs page or you can contact our team at

We thank you for your interest and we look forward to your application!