2015 UN Human Rights Commission Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent, Geneva Switzerland

Application Deadline: July 1st 2015

The Fellowship will be held from 2 to 20 November 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent provides the participants with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent.

The Fellowship Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people of African descent in their respective countries.

The first Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent was launched by the Anti-Racial Discrimination Section of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2011 in the context of the International Year for People of African Descent.

In the framework of the Programme of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, this year the programme will coincide with the first session of the UN Forum for People of African Descent. This will enable the fellows to attend and contribute to the work of the secretariat of the Forum and to the Forum itself.

Eligibility Requirements

  • The candidate must be an individual of African descent living in the Diaspora.
  • The candidate must have a minimum of 4 years of work experience related to the rights of People of African Descent.
  • The candidate needs to have sufficient command of the English language to be able to participate fully in the programme.
  • The candidate has to submit a letter of support from an organization working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights.
  • The candidates must be available to attend the full duration of the programme. The selected fellows will be expected to participate in different activities and to strictly follow the programme.


  • Each fellow is entitled to a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva;
  • Basic health insurance; and a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.

How to Apply?

Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in one single e-mail to [email protected] or fax them at +41 22 928 90 50:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A completed, signed and scanned Application Form in one single document.
  • Personal Statement (maximum 500 words) in which the candidate will explain his/her motivation for applying, and how he/she will use the knowledge gained from the fellowship to promote the interests and rights of people of African descent.
  • An Official Letter of Support from the nominating organization or community
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport.

Please note that submissions with more than five attachments will not be accepted.

Important: Please mention in the subject header of your e-mail: “Application for the 2015 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent.

Name the attached document as follows:

LAST NAME First name – Type of document
Example: SMITH Jacqueline – Application form.doc
SMITH Jacqueline – A Personal Statement.doc
SMITH Jacqueline – Letter of Support.pdf
SMITH Jacqueline – Passport.pdf

Selection Process

The selection of the fellows will reflect gender and regional balance. The human rights situation of People of African Descent in the respective countries will also be taken into consideration.

For More Information;

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent


  1. Hi,
    It is my pleasure coming to know about you in connection to the mavelous work you are doing in order to empower fellow Africans. I am a national volunteer development worker with many years of working experience in Cameroon in the domain of human rights & good governance, health & HIV/AIDS, economic empowerment and events management . I am very interested in international volunteerism. Could you please provide me information on volunteer opportunities, free capacity training and fellowships opportunities.
    Thanks a lot for being of assistance to people like me.
    With best regards
    Lemon Kennedy

  2. Please note that this opportunity for Africans is well appreciated. I will be glad if accepted for enrollment into the program as participant. I am a development worker with Plan-International Liberia with over 16 years of practical field experiences in the areas of child protection, Psycho-social counseling, program/project design and implementation and community development and mobilization.

    Bravo and thanks for this projection.


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