Fellowship programmes provide WHRDs (women human rights defenders with the possibility of taking leave from their regular work to pursue projects that will contribute to their protection and enhance their capacity to continue their work in defence of human rights. Fellowships can take place inside or outside a defender’s country. Fellowship programmes can include scholarship to a formal degree, or cover non-degrees schemes, such as taking a course or concluding research. They also support internships with other organizations, participation in conferences, or trauma counselling. (Taken from the 'Online Directory of Urgent Responses for WHRDs'). Below are a couple of examples. In both cases, the WHRD can not apply for the fellowship directly:
University of York Centre for Applied Human Rights - Protective Fellowship Scheme for Human Rights Defenders at Risk
Under the scheme, HRDs at risk follow training and education programmes and contribute to the activities of the centre. The program allows the HRDs to rest and seeks to build their capacity and give them tools they can use upon their return. HRDs can not apply directly to the Centre, they must be nominated by one of around 30 designated civil society organizations of which many are in the field.
Their purpose is to enable human rights defenders to take some time out in a safe environment while at the same time enhancing their skills so that they can work more effectively when they return home. Human rights defenders can take some well-earned rest and respite and escape the stressful and difficult circumstances in which they work for a short time. They can also choose to work on a specific project, learn about digital security or improve other skills relevant to their work. Fellowships and rest & respite are offered on an invitation only basis.