Training Opportunities

Human rights defenders can contact these organizations to take advantage of their training programs to enhance their skills and knowledge. Some training focuses on security while others cover advocacy tactics, policy frameworks, and other issues.  The Engine Room o The Engine Room investigates and supports the effective use of data and technology in advocacy. […]

Human Rights Awards

Human rights defenders can be nominated for these awards, which offer protective visibility, enhanced credibility, prize money, and travel opportunities for advocacy and protection purposes.  American Bar Association: International Human Rights Award o The International Human Rights Award honors and gives public recognition to an individual who has made a special contribution in the […]


Human rights defenders can apply for fellowships, which are sometimes affiliated with universities, in order to enhance their skills and temporarily relocate to a location abroad. Fellowships offer short-term protection and a chance to re-energize.  Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York: Protective Fellowship Scheme o This protective fellowship scheme for human rights […]

Emergency Funds

Human rights defenders facing imminent threats or who have experienced targeted violence can apply for emergency funding. Some of these funding sources have strict requirements for how the funds can be used, while others are more flexible. Agir Ensemble pour les Droits de L’Homme: Emergency Fund This emergency defense fund aids human rights defenders who […]

African Key Populations Pre_Conference at The 20th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa 2019

The African Key Populations Networks are pleased to announce the 3rd KP-Pre-conference that will take place on 29th and 30th November 2019, ahead of the 20th edition of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa scheduled for 2nd to 7th December 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. The KP Pre-conference will focus on the theme […]

Peace and Social Change Fellowship Application 2020

Deadline: October 23, 2019 The Peace and Social Change Fellowship Program is designed to bring together activists, practitioners and academics to learn from and with each other, strengthen relationships, and exchange ideas with other grassroots women change-makers from across diverse contexts and geographies. This 2020 call for applications is open to African grassroots activists working […]

ISDAO Calls for Grant Proposals – 2019

Application deadline: 31st  October 2019 ISDAO(Sankofa Initiative for West Africa), is West Africa’s first activist-led and managed fund. ISDAO is dedicated to building a West African movement for gender diversity and sexual rights through a flexible approach to grantmaking and the strengthening of a culture of philanthropy committed to promoting human rights and social justice. Currently, […]

Community Solutions Program application 2020-2021 (Funding Available)

Deadline: October 30, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. EDT The Community Solutions Program (CSP) is a year-long professional development program for people who are working to improve their communities by addressing issues related to the environment, tolerance and conflict resolution, transparency and accountability, and women and gender. APPLY HERE For 2020–2021, up to 80 community activists […]