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Legal Fellowship Program 2021-22 by South Asia Women Foundation India (SAWF IN): Apply by 26th Jan 2021

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SAWF IN is pleased to announce a call for a year-long legal fellowship to women lawyers practicing at district courts in India

About South Asia Women Foundation India (SAWF IN)

South Asia Women Foundation India, SAWF-IN is a national women’s fund of India. We were set up with the vision of building a world where women, girls, trans*2 and gender non-conforming persons realise their constitutional rights and freedoms to equality and non-discrimination.

Our mission is to mobilise indigenous and other resources, to support movements and initiatives led by women, girls, trans* and gender non-conforming persons, towards the realisation of their human rights.


As a women’s fund, SAWF-IN supports grassroots initiatives and women’s and trans* led organisations with financial and non-financial resources. We believe in their leadership and skills to find the most appropriate solutions to address the issues facing them. SAWF-IN’s role is to ensure that resources are made available and are reaching the most dispossessed women’s collectives, for the priorities they identify, and the claims they make.

Call for the Legal Fellowship Programme, 2021-22

SAWF IN is launching the call for legal fellows against the background of the humanitarian crisis unleashed by COVID 19. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated social and economic inequalities in all forms. Numerous studies have shown that the effects of COVID have been particularly harsh on women and trans* people. Women’s groups have reported that economic stress has exacerbated incidents of inter spousal abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault.

For many such women legal recourse for the violations faced by them is highly challenging as they are either unaware of the remedies available or the legal system is highly intimidating and unresponsive to their situation. The high cost of litigation also deters women from seeking the rights granted to them under the law.

Through the fellowship SAWF IN wishes to address the unmet need for litigation support to women who choose to use the legal remedies they are entitled to. The fellowship will support women lawyers practising at district courts to:

  1. Provide free legal aid and support to women and trans* litigants
    1. Build their own skills in feminist lawyering in primary courts, particularly in building constitutional arguments.
    1. Advocate for more gender responsive lawyering at district courts
    1. Lead and participate in actions that directly contribute to realising the rights of women and trans*


  • Applicant must be a citizen of India.
  • Women and Trans* lawyers practicing in the district court of any state in India.
  • With at least 1 year of experience in Courts, preferably on laws to protect rights of women, children and trans*.
  • Applicants below the age of 45 will be preferred.
  • Preference will be given to individual applicants who belong to socially, economically and ethnically marginalised communities.
  • Persons with experience of engaging with communities of women or trans* people, facilitating their leadership or has been an active supporter of the Indian women’s rights movement will be preferred.
  • A self-motivated person.
  • Good articulation skills and willingness to document their work extensively.
  • Can dedicate one year towards the fellowship programme.
  • Has internet connection or phone connectivity to participate in fellowship updates, workshops and reporting.

Review and Selection Process

  • The last date for receiving applications is midnight of January 26th, 2021.
  • A Webinar will be organised to discuss the application call and process. Please log onto to HERE for more details.
  • Applicants can expect an acknowledgement of their application within 24 hours of submission or else please get in touch with us on [email protected]
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview on phone or online with a selection panel consisting of experienced and senior feminist lawyers.
  • The final selected legal fellows for 2021-22 will be announced tentatively by February 25, 2021.
  • The legal fellowship will begin from 1 March 2021 with the potential of extension subject to progress and outcomes at the end of year one.
  • Write to [email protected] to submit your application or if you have any queries.
  • SAWF IN encourages application from people with disabilities (PwD). Please contact us on [email protected] if you need any assistance with your application.

Please note: All Applicants who do not move further in the selection process will be informed. SAWF IN would like to remain engaged with all shortlisted applicants and hence would invite them to be part of our quarterly learning and sharing webinars.

The Legal Fellowship Application package includes the following:

  • Call for Application Announcement Note
  • Application Format
  • Checklist for required documentation, and

The package can be downloaded from HERE

Applicants can send their forms over emails. Email the Application format with the relevant documents to [email protected] with the subject “Legal Fellowship Application 2021-22”.

Submission Deadline: 26th January 2021 at 12 midnight IST.

Official Notification: CLICK HERE

Contact Details

If you have any queries please write    to [email protected]

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