2015 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme ,Geneva Switzerland (Fully Funded)

Application Deadline: Monday, 6 April 2015.

When:  Monday, 26th of October 2015 to Friday, 27th  of November 2015.
The Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) was launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2005.

Through the MFP, the OHCHR aims to give persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities an opportunity to gain knowledge on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with international human rights in general and minority rights in particular. The MFP is intended to assist organizations and communities in protecting and promoting the rights of minorities the fellows belong to

Who can apply?

1. The candidate must belong to a national, ethnic, linguistic or religious minority group (persons who do not belong to a minority group will not be taken into consideration, even if they have close links with minority communities and/or organizations)

2. Formal education should not be a limitation to participation in the Minorities Fellowship Programme, if relevant experience can be demonstrated.

3. Candidates should have ability, willingness and possibility to train other persons belonging to minorities upon return to their respective communities/organizations and should agree to do so.

4. The candidates must have a good working knowledge of the language in which the programme is imparted (English).

5. The candidate should be proposed and his/her candidacy supported by his/her organization and/or community.
6. The overall goal of the Minorities Fellowship Programme is to offer persons belonging to minorities the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the field of international human rights in order to assist their organizations and communities in protecting and promoting human and minority rights.

For the Senior Minorities Fellowship:

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political sciences, international relations or related fields.
  • A minimum of four (4) years of work experience in the field of minority rights. Proven research and drafting skills are highly desirable. Experience in building the capacity of NGOs and other civil society actors will be an asset.
  • Candidates must be fluent in English. Other language skills including Spanish, French or Arabic are highly desirable.


  • Fellows are entitled to the following: a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva;
  • basic health insurance for the duration of the Programme;
  • a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.

How to Apply:

  • Interested candidates should submit their application indicating “Application to the 2015 Minorities Fellowship Programme” as subject either by e-mail* to [email protected], by fax to the number +41 22 917 90 08 or by post to:
  • Download the Application Form

    Application to the 2015 Minorities Fellowship Programme
    Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section
    Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
    CH-1211 Geneva 10

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme,


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