IHRP awarded grant to support UN fellowships for recent alumni

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The IHRP is pleased to announce that it has been successful in obtaining new funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFATD) to expand its long-standing summer human rights fellowship program to include recent alumni. The funding is part of DFATD’s International Youth Internship Program.

The new 2-year initiative, International Fellowships for Canadian Lawyers, will provide work placements for a total of twenty Faculty of Law alumni in offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN Refugee Agency). Each year, ten fellows will support the work of the UN Refugee Agency in Indonesia, Thailand, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Tanzania, South Africa, and Panama.

The fellows will engage in legal research, analysis and drafting, and participate in advocacy at the national and international level. The fellows will have a direct impact on service delivery to stateless and refugee populations, including vulnerable women and children.

Through the placements, fellows will gain substantive skills and knowledge to prepare them for future employment either in Canada or abroad. The ultimate goal of the fellowships is to provide young lawyers with experiences that transform them into lifelong global citizens.

More details, including application-related requirements and information, will be posted in the coming months – please check back frequently.