Grants & Fellowships

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law works to build an enabling legal environment for civil society, philanthropy, and public participation around the world. Occasionally, we offer grants to civil society organizations and others working to promote and protect civic freedoms, as well as fellowships and internships at ICNL. See below for our current opportunities.

After gathering data on regulatory barriers to freedom of assembly affecting more than 100 gay pride marches in Brazil, Welton Trindade (second from left) concluded that “the study supported by ICNL shows that the solutions are right here in Brazil.” (Photo credit: ICNL)

Grants

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals for grants as part of its project to promote Internet Freedom (IF) in Cambodia, Malaysia and Timor-Leste, and advance international and regional norms to protect IF.  Grants of up to $10,000 USD are available for projects meeting the criteria discussed below. The activity funded by each grant must be completed by September 30, 2022.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until July 31, 2022 or until available funds are depleted.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks individuals or organizations to conduct research on the civil society impact of surveillance and contact tracing technology deployed in Indo-Pacific countries in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on proposed scope of work and country coverage (see below), 1-2 consultants may be selected. Available budget is $25,000-45,000 per award, depending on breadth of coverage.

Applications for this project are due June 30, 2022. Project work should be completed by November 30, 2022. For more details and application instructions, please see below.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks individuals or organizations to conduct research assessing New Zealand, Taiwan, or South Korea’s governance approaches to COVID-19 and their impact on civic space. The budget ceiling for each country study is $25,000. Consultants may apply to work on more than one country study, but priority will be given to individual or organizational consultants based in each study country jurisdiction.

Applications for this project are due June 30, 2022. Project work should be completed by November 30, 2022. For more details and application instructions, please see below.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals for grants as part of its ongoing project to safeguard civic freedoms and address democratic backsliding stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants of $25,000 – $45,000 USD are available for projects meeting the criteria discussed below. The activity funded by each grant must be completed by December 31, 2022.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until June 30, 2022 or until available funds are depleted.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals to develop and pilot an interactive online platform or application for civic space in Southern Africa. The aim of the platform is to promote greater synergies and coordination amongst civil society organizations (CSOs), media organizations, academics, amongst others, operating in countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) for information-sharing, strategic action and dialogue on civic space trends in Southern Africa. One grant will be awarded for an amount of up to $15,000 USD. The project must be completed no later than December 15, 2022.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

For the application template, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to invite proposals for grants as part of its efforts to support local civil society in Pakistan in protecting civic space and the operational environment for non-profit organizations (NPOs). Grants of up to $20,000 USD are available for projects implemented by a single organization meeting the criteria discussed below. Organizations are encouraged to form consortia with other local NPOs, in which case they may apply for a greater amount of funding (up to $49,500 USD). Organizations may apply as part of more than one proposal. The activities funded by each grant must be completed no later than November 30, 2022. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 9, 2022 or until available funds are depleted.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

Are you a civic space defender interested in the impact of digital technology on your work? Are you curious how AI and machine learning, facial recognition technology, and big data will transform society? If so, we invite eligible civil society colleagues to apply to the Tech Camp for Civic Space Defenders organized by Stanford’s Global Digital Policy Incubator (GDPi) and the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL).

The Tech Camp will take place at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California from September 14 – 16, 2022. Applications are due by May 8, 2022.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) invites proposals to develop a submission, in response to the call for views issued in advance of the Republic of Congo’s upcoming EITI validation, which addresses civil society engagement and the enabling environment for civil society participation in the EITI process in the Republic of Congo. Applications are due by April 22, 2022.

For more information and how to apply, click here.

A la veille du processus de validation de la République du Congo par l’initiative pour la transparence dans les industries extractives (ITIE), le Centre International pour le Droit des Organisations à But Non Lucratif (ICNL) lance un appel à propositions pour aider à l’élaboration d’un rapport examinant le niveau de participation de la société civile locale dans le processus ITIE.

 

La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est le 22 avril 2022.

 

Pour plus de renseignements ainsi que les modalités de présenter votre proposition (en Français), cliquez ici.

The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) seeks individuals or organizations to undertake a research consultancy on online gender-based violence (OGBV) and its impact on the civic freedoms of women human rights defenders in the Indo-Pacific. The consultancy period is from April 15, 2022 through July 15, 2022. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled or the call withdrawn, but are due no later than April 8, 2022.

For more information and application instructions, click here.

ICNL is part of the civil society consortium led by Freedom House implementing The Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund.  This fund, which is supported by 19 governments and two foundations, provides support to civil society organizations (CSOs) under threat or attack.  There are three categories of Lifeline assistance:

  1. Through Freedom House and Front Line Defenders, Lifeline provides small, short-term emergency assistance to CSOs threatened because of their human rights work. Emergency assistance grants can address security, medical expenses, legal representation, prison visits, trial monitoring, temporary relocation, equipment replacement, and other urgently needed expenses. ICNL does not administer emergency assistance grants on behalf of Lifeline. To apply for Lifeline emergency assistance, please contact Freedom House or Front Line Defenders as described here.
  2. Lifeline rapid response advocacy grants give local CSOs the resources to push back against restrictions on civic space.  Advocacy grants support short-term initiatives that identify civic space challenges, such as threats to freedom of association, assembly, and expression or attacks on civil society, and target key actors associated with the resolution of these threats.  Lifeline advocacy grants are highly flexible, and can support a wide variety of activities, such as community mobilization, policy and legal analysis, civil society coalition building, strategic litigation, awareness raising campaigns, and advocacy capacity building.
  3. Lifeline resiliency grants are meant to provide support to CSOs at high-risk to avoid or mitigate the threats they face.  Resiliency grant activities may include developing, expanding, and/or bolstering protection networks and local support mechanisms; mapping and/or coordinating civil society access to pro-bono services and support; implementing joint protection strategies, contingency plans, and/or protocols; sharing protection and resiliency strategies nationally, regionally and/or internationally; supporting disrupted CSOs to safely reestablish and reorient their work; boosting at-risk CSO capacity to conduct organizational risk assessments; or providing protection training or legal technical assistance.

ICNL accepts applications for advocacy support and resiliency support on a rolling basis. A preliminary application for Lifeline support may be found here (as a form) or here (as a Word document).

For more information or to submit an application, please contact Lifeline@icnl.org. Please note that applicants will only be contacted regarding applications selected for further consideration.

Fellowships & Internships

None at this time. Please check back for future listings.