The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) is pleased to announce the convening of a three week intensive Transitional Justice in Africa Fellowship Programme. Applicants from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, Somalia and Zimbabwe will be given preference.

Brief Description: The Institute for Justice and Reconciliation was established in 2000 in the wake of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to promote reconciliation, transitional justice and democratic nation-building in Africa by means of research, analysis and selective intervention. Located at the interface between civil society and academia, it contributes to the building of fair, democratic and inclusive societies in countries undergoing political transition including Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Eligibility: To be considered eligible for this fellowship, applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • A post-graduate degree in a discipline broadly related to Transitional Justice
  • 4 to 5 years of relevant work experience in the realm of justice, reconciliation and/or social cohesion, social justice
  • Good written and spoken English. This will be necessary to participate in group discussions.

Award Includes: The IJR will cover all travel and accommodation costs for the duration of the fellowship and will provide a modest stipend for daily expenses.

Study Program: This is a three weeks fellowship program.

Study Major: The programs’ purpose is to enhance participants’ skills and knowledge, with a particular focus on issues related to the development of tools and processes aimed at furthering reconciliation and social cohesion within the context of transitional justice.  Accordingly, the Fellowship Programme will engage with some of the key literature, themes, and mechanisms and will supplement teachings with practical experiences, interaction with local organizations working in related fields and guided visits to historically significant sites and institutions dealing with reconciliation and justice.

Host Organization: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), South Africa

Number of Awards: Not Known

National/International Students: Applicants from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda, Somalia and Zimbabwe will be given preference.

Governing Body: Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR), South Africa

Application Procedure:  Applications should e-mail the complete application to Ms Anthea Flink on aflink-at-ijr.org.za with ‘Application to 2016 Fellowship Programme: your name’ in the email subject line.  If applicants are interested in applying for admission to this programme, please submit to us the following documents in English:

  • A detailed resume or Curriculum Vitae of no more than 3 pages
  • The full contact details of 2 contactable references
  • A 1-2 page letter of motivation indicating why you wish to participate in this programme
  • A 1-2 page writing sample (you may include news or academic articles you have submitted or published)
  • A letter of institutional endorsement of your suitability to participate in the Fellowship Programme from your employer/affiliated institution.

Submission Deadline: The closing date for applications is the 31st of July 2016. Telephonic interviews will be conducted in the week commencing 8 August 2016 and successful candidates will be notified no later than by the 15th of August 2016.

For more details visit the official site.