EU Sakharov Fellowship 2024 for Human Rights Defenders in Non-EU Countries

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EU Sakharov Fellowship 2024 for Human Rights Defenders in Non-EU Countries! Apply below

When is the Application Deadline:

8th October 2023 midnight (CET).

Tell Me About Sakharov Fellowship:

The European Parliament’s Sakharov Fellowship offers up to 14 human rights defenders selected from non-EU countries the opportunity to follow a two week intensive training in Brussels and at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice.

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The empowering programme for human rights defenders has been organised annually since 2016 further to an initiative taken by the Sakharov Prize Community at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Sakharov Prize.

Under the Sakharov Fellowship training programme human rights defenders will

  • enhance their knowledge of EU and international human rights frameworks, policies and mechanisms and
  • develop capacities to advocate for and effect positive change to protect human rights.
  • Beyond the training, Sakharov Fellows will
  • help grow the network of Sakharov Fellows to share best practices, disseminate the acquired knowledge and extend awareness of the Sakharov Prize and the Sakharov Community;
  • have the opportunity to maintain links with the work of the European Parliament and continue liaising with EU Delegations in their respective countries.

The Brussels programme focuses on EU policies and tools in support of human rights defenders, accessing funding, developing communications skills, and raising awareness of specific security challenges facing human rights defenders. It further includes meetings with Members of Parliament, officials of the EU institutions and Brussels-based NGOs. The Fellows will also have space for individual advocacy and networking activities.

Training at the Global Campus of Human Rights in Venice combines academic teaching on international human rights law, instruments and mechanisms with case studies and provides practical tools for improving the work of human rights defenders to effect change on the ground. Lecturers include prominent academics, representatives of leading human rights NGOs, Sakharov Prize laureates and other outstanding human rights practitioners.

What Type of Scholarship is this?


Who can apply for Sakharov Fellowship?

Candidates should have a proven record in campaigning for human rights in a NGO or other organisation or in an individual capacity. They must have a high level of English, sufficient to follow and contribute to discussion groups and workshops in Brussels and Venice.

How are Applicants Selected?

The selection of Fellows is based on the above criteria and the need to ensure gender balance as well as the representation of a variety of geographical areas and human rights issues.

Which Countries are Eligible?

Non-EU Countries

Where will Award be Taken?

The programme will be organised in person in Brussels and Venice. It might be changed to an on-line format if sanitary conditions require.

How Many Fellowships will be Given?

up to 14

What is the Benefit of Sakharov Fellowship?

The Fellowship covers return travel from the country of origin, accommodation in Brussels and Venice and a daily living allowance. 

How Long will the Program Last?

2 weeks (4-16 March 2024)

How to Apply for Sakharov Fellowship:

The deadline for applications is midnight 8 October 2023 (CET).. Successful candidates will receive confirmation by email, latest by 17 Nov 2023. Unsuccessful candidates will not be informed of the reasons why they were not shortlisted or offered a fellowship.

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