Sakharov Fellowship 454 views

Type of Funding

Fully funded




The European Parliament is inviting human rights defenders from non-EU countries to apply for the 2019 Sakharov Fellowship, which will take place from 1 to 13 April 2019. Fourteen human rights defenders will be selected to attend a 2-week intensive training in Brussels, Belgium and the European Inter-University Centre (EIUC) for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice, Italy.

The Sakharov Fellowship enables human rights defenders to enhance their knowledge of EU and international human rights frameworks, policies and mechanisms and to develop capacities to advocate for and bring into effect positive change to protect human rights.

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 includes meetings with Members of Parliament, officials of the EU institutions and Brussels-based NGOs.

In Venice, Fellows will be enrolled in the EIUC’s Venice School of Human Rights which combines academic teaching and sharing the Fellow’s experiences with an international audience of students in human rights. Fellows will gain knowledge of international human rights law, instruments and mechanisms and how to use these to effect change. Lecturers include prominent academics, representatives of leading human rights NGOs, Sakharov Prize Laureates, and Members of the European Parliament.


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

Beyond the training, Sakharov Fellows benefit from:

  • growing the network of Sakharov Fellows to share best practices, disseminate the acquired knowledge and extend awareness of the Sakharov Prize and the Sakharov Prize Network; and
  • being able to maintain links with the work of the European Parliament and continue liaising with EU Delegations in their respective countries.


Candidates should have a proven record in campaigning for human rights in a NGO or other organisation or in an individual capacity. They must be highly proficient in English to be able to follow and contribute to discussion groups and workshops in Brussels and Venice.

In their applications, candidates have to specify their experience in defending human rights as for instance, individual human rights defenders, NGO activists, human rights lawyers, human rights journalistsm etc. They also have to specify their field of human rights activity, such as women’s rights, children, minorities, indigenous people, environment, business and human rights, LGBTI, etc). In addition, they have to describe the scope of their human rights activities and achievements and state whether they are linked to national, regional or international networks, or not.


Applications are to be done online by 7 January 2019.

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