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Legal Fellowship Programs in Tobacco Control Law and Policy

Feb 1, 2021

The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids’ International Legal Consortium (ILC), in association with the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, will be providing two separate Fellowship Programs for early-or mid-career lawyers.  


  • The Global Legal Fellowship Program in Tobacco Control Law and Policy
  • The African Legal Fellowship Program in Tobacco Control Law and Policy


The 18-month, part-time programs are designed to create a cohort of lawyers to join the international effort to combat the tobacco epidemic. The Fellowship Programs will provide a unique opportunity to learn from global experts and become experienced in law and public policy on tobacco control through a specially developed curriculum, mentorship and work observation. 

There are 6 Fellowship positions in the Global Program and up to 9 positions in the African Program. Fellows will be expected to commit to 4-6 hours per week of training. 


  • Evidence-based tobacco control policies; 
  • Legislative drafting and policy development;
  • The World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) and implementing guidelines; 
  • The tobacco industry’s role in creating a global tobacco epidemic and its continued efforts to create new generations of tobacco and nicotine users;
  • Litigation to defend against industry challenges and to enforce existing tobacco control laws; 
  • How tobacco control integrates with the wider UN treaty system, global NCD objectives and the human rights agenda; 
  • The roles of the WHO, government and civil society in advancing policy change; 
  • Communication training for lawyers; and 
  • Translating research and analysis into effective policy and regulatory proposals.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all program content will initially be provided online with a specially developed virtual based curriculum. If international travel becomes appropriate and safe, Fellows will be provided with opportunities to travel to the CTFK offices in Washington DC, USA, for in-person training and mentorship.


Fellows will be provided with a competitive stipend.

Who Should Apply

The Fellowship Programs will be of interest to early-or mid-career lawyers currently working in a civil society organization, government office, academic institution or law firm, with an interest in and commitment to public interest law. No prior tobacco control experience is required. 

How to Apply

For information on how to apply, please visit our website at:  

Inquiries can be made to No phone calls please.  This Fellowship Program will be open to qualified applicants until filled. We welcome applicants who will contribute to our commitment to diversity.    

The Global Legal Fellowship Program in Tobacco Control Law and Policy

The application process for the Global Legal Fellowship Program is now open, and applications should be submitted by March 5, 2021 to:

Applicants should be based in one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Philippines, Ukraine, and Vietnam. 

The African Legal Fellowship Program in Tobacco Control Law and Policy

The application process for the African Legal Fellowship Program will open shortly. Please follow updates on the webpage. Applicants should be based in a country within the WHO AFRO Region – for a list of countries, see: