Open Society Foundation is offering Disability Rights Scholarship Program for one-year Master of Laws (LLM) or a 1.5-year Master’s in Education degree. Scholarship is open for the students from China, Tunisia, and selected other countries in Africa and Latin America. The competition is merit-based and awarded to candidates who have excellent academic record with a Bachelor of Laws. The application deadline is November 2, 2015.
Brief Description: The Disability Rights Scholarship Program provides awards for master’s degree study to disability rights advocates, lawyers, and educators to develop new legislation, jurisprudence, policy, research, and scholarship to harness the innovations and opportunities offered by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). With the knowledge and networks gained through the program, they expect that fellows will deepen their understanding of international law and education, with a focus on disability rights, and gain the tools necessary to engage in a range of CRPD implementation strategies, such as: challenging rights violations in their home countries by drafting enforceable legislation consistent with the CRPD; utilizing enforcement mechanisms set forth in the convention; taking forward disability rights litigation requesting CRPD-compliant remedies; engaging in disability rights advocacy; and developing law, education, or other academic curricula informed by the CRPD.
Award Includes: The fellowship provides:
-tuition and mandatory university fees;
-monthly stipend for room, board, and other living expenses;
-accident and sickness insurance during the program;
-funds for educational materials and professional development;
-all costs associated with pre-academic summer program and annual conference;
-support for students with disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations necessary for participating in the program of study.
Study Program: Scholarships are available for pursuing masters study.
Study Major: Scholarships are awarded for Master of Laws (LLM) or Master’s in Education degree program focusing on Inclusive Education.
Host Organization: Successful candidates are placed in programs at host universities that best meet their academic goals. Grantees are required to participate in a four-week intensive pre-program in Istanbul, Turkey before starting study at host universities in August or September 2016.
Number of Awards: For 2016–2017, in addition to awards in law, they will offer two awards for master’s degrees in education, focusing on inclusive education.
National/International Students: Citizen and legal resident of Argentina, China, Colombia, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Peru, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, or Zambia can apply for this disability scholarship.
Governing Body: Open Society Foundation
Application Procedure: Applications can be sent by post or email.
Submission Deadline: The application deadline is November 2, 2015.
For more details visit the official site.