Apply: Transitional Justice in Africa Fellowship Programme | Diplomacy Opportunities

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.

The Fellowship Programme

The IJR has been hosting Fellows from countries in political transition in Africa since 2000. The programme was designed to attract and bring together scholars and practitioners in the field of transitional justice to compare, reflect, research and write about their experiences and lessons learned from activities, projects and programmes in their respective countries.

A rigorous selection process will ensure the targeting of mid-career professionals working with affected communities in the field of transitional justice in sub-Saharan Africa and who are in positions to influence policy processes and disseminate their Fellowship Programme experience through practical activities when they return home.  Fellows will be appointed based on their positions as opinion leaders and/or policy makers in their respective home countries and are required to convincingly show their ability to develop initiatives and interventions in their home countries to advance the transitional justice and reconciliation agenda. In addition, they must submit an institutional endorsement of their participation and commitment to implement at least one follow-up activity in-country.

 Application requirements  

To be considered eligible for this fellowship, you 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.

To apply, please submit

  • 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.

Application deadline 31st of July 2016.

Telephone 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.  

Please email your complete application to Ms Anthea Flink on with ‘Application to 2016 Fellowship Programme: your name’ in the email subject line.

For more information, visit IJR official website

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