Natural Justice Indigenous Fellowship For Southern Africans

The Indigenous Fellowship is a fantastic opportunity for young indigenous persons passionate about supporting communities in securing their rights to their lands, resources, and knowledge. The indigenous fellow will be introduced to a wide range of environmental and human rights law issues, as well as given hands-on experience and training in research, legal empowerment, data collection and analysis, public interest litigation, law and regulation analysis, and advocacy. The Fellow will have the opportunity to spend time and work directly with communities, community-based organizations, and Community Environmental Legal Officers throughout the Fellowship.

The Indigenous Fellowship Programme will be for a period of 12 months full-time. Participants of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme are entitled to the modest salary and travel allowance provided by the Natural Justice. Additional expenses, such as relocation costs, will not be covered by NJ.


Practical financial and administrative skills running a civil society organization – such as budgeting, organizing meetings, communications, etc.
The principles of environmental and human rights law and citizenry participation in environmental decision-making;
The realities of communities facing environmental injustices;
Community-centred legal empowerment methodologies;
The policy and governance decision-making processes of key institutions and bodies;
Analysing and evaluating environmental and human rights laws, regulations and policies;
Analysing and commenting on policy and legislative frameworks;
Campaigning and advocacy for rights;
Evidence based environmental justice advocacy and research; and
The civil society organizations and individuals in Southern Africa working towards environmental justice.


The candidate must be indigenous (non-indigenous persons will not be taken into consideration, even if they have close links with indigenous communities and/or organisations).
Age between 18 – 25.
Formal education is an advantage, but will not be a limitation to participation in the Indigenous Fellowship Programme given the socio-economic barriers confronted by many indigenous peoples that limit access to formal educational institutions.
Candidates are expected to train other indigenous persons after the return to their respective communities/organisations.
The candidate should be proposed and his/her candidacy supported by his/her indigenous organisation and/or community. It is desirable that the collaborating organisation or community has a firm constituency or membership and that it is representative.
The candidate should have a good working knowledge of the language in which the programme is imparted.
The candidate should display an awareness of and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
The candidate should be committed to continuous learning and to self-development with a focus on professionally promoting organisational interests, objectives and values.
DEADLINE: October 29 2021

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