Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa Fellowship (LAWA) were started by Georgetown University Law Center in 1993.  Its purpose is to train women lawyers from Africa who will advocate for female rights in their home countries.

Since its founding, this fellowship has supported over 80 students from various countries in Africa. These fellows had the amazing opportunity to study in the world-class law center and make a difference in their home countries after they have graduated.

LAWA is a 14-month program, and the fellows earn Master of Laws (LL.M.) with an emphasis in international women’s rights from Georgetown University Law Center. After they have graduated, they will have an opportunity to engage in challenging work assignments to further their learning.

Scholarship Amount

  1. Full tuition

Fellowship recipients must be able to provide other expenses such as room, board, and personal expenses. They can either find another fellowship or use their own money to support themselves.

Benefits of LAWA

  1. Bi-weekly seminars where they discuss prominent issues with well-known speakers
  2. Attend relevant events such as Supreme Court decisions or Congressional Briefings on women’s issue
  3. Build extended legal networks through meeting prominent people which will help them later in Africa

Application Requirements

  1. Application form with three essay questions
  2. Current Resume
  3. Two letters of recommendation
  4. Transcript

For more information visit this official scholarship announcement. Please keep in mind that this scholarship announcement was made in 2012 and may change for future years. I couldn’t find application materials that were more recent than the one made in 2012.

Check Also: Available Programs for International Students

How to Apply to LAWA

  1. The application will be available in the official scholarship website by early October.
  2. Read the application guidelines carefully.
  3. Prepare application requirements and submit the application by the deadline of mid-February

Official Scholarship Website



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