The International Federation of University Women (IFUW), of which CFUW is an affiliate, is pleased to announce that the Conchita Poncini Jimenez International Human Rights Fellowship promoting the use of human rights instruments and agreements for the advancement of women and girls will be awarded in 2012. It is named in honour of Conchita Poncini, IFUW Representative to the United Nations 1994-2011 and a lifelong advocate for women’s human rights. The deadline for applications is June 30, 2012.The competition for this special one-time award is open to women human rights activists, scholars, journalists, writers, and social scientists from all nationalities with a demonstrated commitment to the advancement of women and girls and the attainment of their human rights.

Proposals must relate to the use of human rights instruments and agreements for the advancement of women and girls. This may be a major research project at a university or institution of higher learning in any country; an internship or project to be carried out with an appropriate international or national human rights organization; or study for an appropriate academic qualification (e.g. Masters or PhD) for those with substantial experience of national or international human rights activity but no higher degree.

The award of CHF 20’000 will cover 8 to 12 months full-time or up to 24 months of part-time work/study during the period 1 September 2012 to 31 December 2014. The winner will also be invited to present her work to IFUW’s International Conference in Istanbul in August 2013, with paid travel and accommodation.

Applicants will apply directly to the IFUW. Results of the competition will be posted by the end of August 2012.

The deadline for applications is 30 June 2012.
For application forms and instruction see