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Departamento de Desarrollo Humano de la OEA / OAS Department Human Development

Programa de Becas de Desarrollo Profesional / Professional Development Scholarship Program

                                                                                “Central America” Scholarships


Venue: The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Address: 1889 F. Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006, United States of America

Modality:                                                         On site

Deadline to present applications:           February 10th, 2008

Start and End Dates:                                   From April 1, 2008 to March 31, 2009

Length of the Fellowship/Internship:     One (1) Year

Objectives: To provide an opportunity for a young lawyer from OAS Member State of Central America to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the Inter-American Human Rights system.

Program: a) To assist with tasks of the Executive Secretariat of the Commission, under the supervision of its specialists during the period of the fellowship; b) To commit to give one presentation or seminar on the inter-American system for the protection of human rights in the year following the end of the fellowship in an institution in the participant’s country (for instance, in a Law School, university, etc.); and c) At the end of the fellowship, to present to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR a detailed report on activities carried out by the fellow.

Requirements: a) Be a citizen of an OAS Member State of Central America; b) be bilingual in Spanish and English (attach certificates attesting to this), knowledge of French or Portuguese desirable; c) have graduated in law at an officially recognized university (send a copy of the degree and a transcript); d) be registered as an attorney with the courts or the appropriate professional body; e) have a demonstrable professional interest in the legal field of human rights; f) have received a university degree in law after January 1, 2000; g) submit a medical certificate; h) present a paper of up to 10 pages on one or more human rights issues of interest to the candidate.

Benefits: The OAS provides a total stipend of US$24,000.00 for the period covered by the fellowship, that is to say, US$2,000.00 a month for 12 months, economy class air tickets from the participant’s country of residence to Washington, D.C. and back ., and health insurance.

Responsibilities of the Selected Candidate:

  • The OAS will submit the necessary documents to certify the selection. It is of entire responsibility of the selected person to request and obtain on time the necessary visa(s) to enter the U.S and the corresponding transit(s) (if applicable). The OAS will not be responsible for any costs relating to obtaining visas or transfer documentation
  • Each Fellowship recipient is responsible for arriving in time for the commencement of activities on the date established for the Fellowship.
  • Upon selection, the candidate must confirm to the Department of Human Development and the Executive Secretariat his/her acceptance of the Fellowship, in order for the OAS to proceed with making the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between their country of origin and the study location or, if the scholarship is refused, to appoint another candidate. In the event that a candidate accepts the Fellowship but cannot take the program, for whatever reason, the candidate must immediately advise the OAS Department of Human Development
  • The Fellowship recipient will be responsible for the cost of the airfare or any additional costs incurred, if the selected candidate, after having accepted the fellowship and after the Department of Human Development has purchased the air fare ticket, declines the Fellowship. The same applies if the selected candidate, without proper authorization from the Department of Human Development, fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or changes routes after the ticket has been issued

The Commission will grant a certification of the Fellowship if the Fellow completes, in a satisfactory way, the total period of duration of the fellowship.

Presentation of Candidates: The complete applications presented through the OAS Form 98 (application for scholarship) and OAS form 342 (certificate of language proficiency if applicable), as well as all the other required documentation, must be sent to: Department of Human Development of the OAS, 1889 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006, USA, before the deadline for presentation of applications.

The OAS Form 98 may be obtained from the OAS offices of the General Secretariat in the Member states or via the fellowship application page using the following link: http://www.educoas.org/portal/en/oasbecas/formspd.aspx?culture=en&navid=282

It is necessary to take into account that the instant fellowship is for professional development and not for studies

Please note this official announcement is available Scholarship’s Web page at: http://www.educoea.org.

Any questions regarding submission of applications for this course should be sent to: Scholarships@oas.org

This fellowship is offered thanks to the contribution of the Government of Spain, in the frame of the project “Promoción de la Participación y los Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos Indígenas de las Américas”

Maria Levens, Director
Department of Human Development

1Funds for terminal and in-transit expenses are NOT provided