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Fellowship Programme

BLAST in partnership with RIB is implementing a fellowship programme for members of marginalized and socially excluded communities to work on equality and non-discrimination issues relating to the concerns of such communities.


The aim of the fellowship programme is to expand access to justice for marginalized communities by identifying existing barriers to justice, establishing linkages with service providers, and promoting understanding of rights and remedies within those communities through their independent research and advocacy.



Equality Fellowship

We invite applications from candidates with a background in law and with a demonstrated interest in working on equality and non-discrimination issues, specifically relating to the concerns of particular marginalized and socially excluded communities.

Aims:

  • To generate research about expanding access to justice to marginalised communities
  • To create learning opportunities for individuals from marginalized communities alongside practicing lawyers and active legal aid and justice organisations at BLAST and/or private law chambers or rights organizations

Duration:

  • 6 months


Scope of Activities:

You will have opportunities to

  • Be placed at BLAST (and RIB for initial research training sessions) and engaged in casework, advocacy or research/ capacity building on the rights of marginalized communities
  • Be placed at a law firm/ chambers, or with a practicing lawyer/ legal aid or rights organization (max 2 months)
  • Participate in training and orientation on laws on human rights and equality, research methodology and public interest law
  • Prepare and design a research proposal, checklists and questionnaire
  • Conduct research, including field visits, interviews, surveys and/or focus group discussions
  • Make a presentation on research design and findings to experts, including BLAST/RIB and an expert Research Advisory Group
  • Publish and disseminate their research in the media and in academic journals

Eligibility:

You must be:

  • A graduate with background in law, journalism or social sciences
  • A Bangladeshi citizen
  • Highly motivated, self-managing and organized
  • A member of a marginalized or socially excluded community

Stipend: You will receive a monthly stipend of Taka 20,000/- (twenty thousand). No financial support for expenses incurred during research will be made available for the period of the fellowship including for accommodation, food, transport or other logistics.

 

Application Deadline: 19th June 2016

 

How to Apply: To apply for August 2016-January 2017 Fellowship please send the following documents to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with ‘EF Application 2016-2017’ in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

1. A Letter of Interest (maximum one page) describing a) why you are applying for this position, b) relevant experience and background, c) your proposed research topic, community of study, and methodology

2. CV

3. Writing Sample(1-2 pages)

4. Contact details of three referees familiar with the applicant’s education and work experience



Community Justice Fellowship

We invite applications from candidates with law, journalism or social science background to conduct a research study on issues of equality and non-discrimination, with a focus on inclusion of marginalized and socially excluded communities in initiatives to expand access to justice.

Aims:

  • To identify and build links between marginalized and socially excluded communities and service providers
  • To develop capacity within the communities to engage in initiatives for legal protection rights
  • To develop networks with the legal profession and among the community of practitioners on rights and justice issues.

Community justice fellows will work directly with marginalized communities and those in hard to reach areas and conduct participatory action research through field-site studies.

If selected, you will:

  • Be placed at BLAST and RIB for initial research training sessions and be linked with a community organization to be immersed in legal, socio-economic and cultural issues surrounding marginalized communities
  • Work directly with marginalized/excluded communities or those in hard to reach areas for participatory action research through field-site studies
  • Participate in training sessions and orientations including sessions on laws on human rights and equality, research methodology and public interest law at BLAST and RIB
  • Create research proposals, checklist and questionnaires with assistance from RIB and Research Advisory Group
  • Conduct research through desk study, field visits, interviews and focus group discussions
  • Make a mid term presentation on preliminary findings of ongoing works
  • Submit a study report of work done during fellowship and be responsible to deliver a grand presentation before the members of Research Advisory Group and consortium partners
  • Disseminate publication

Duration: 6 months

Stipend:

You will receive a monthly stipend of Taka 20,000/- (twenty thousand). No others expenses will be available except actual travel costs for attending presentations.

Eligibility:

You must be:

  • A graduate with background in law, journalism or social sciences
  • A Bangladeshi citizen
  • Demonstrate evidence of significant, relevant experience or involvement in working on issues of equality
  • Demonstrated interest in working on equality and non-discrimination issues, specifically relating to the concerns of particular marginalized and socially excluded communities
  • Are highly motivated, self-managing and organized

Stipend: You will receive a monthly stipend of Taka 20,000/- (twenty thousand). No others expenses will be available except actual travel costs for attending presentations.

Application Deadline: 19th June 2016

How to Apply: To apply for August 2016-January 2017 Fellowship please send the following documents to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with ‘CJF Application 2016-2017’ in thesubject line. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

1. A Letter of Interest (maximum one page) describing a) why you are applying for this position, b) relevant experience and background, c) your proposed research topic, community of study, and methodology

2. CV

3. Writing Sample (1-2 pages)

4. Contact details of three referees familiar with the applicant’s education and workexperience

 For more information on types of research conducted under the fellowship programme, please see https://www.blast.org.bd/whatwedo/ourprojects/cls.


CLS


Implemented by BLAST with the collaboration of Maxwell Stamp (PLC)- funded by UK government, the British Council and the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR).

 

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