Application Deadline: 30 September 2023.
The OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Program was established in 1997 by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in the context of the First International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People. The aim of the program is to provide Indigenous Peoples with the opportunity to learn about the work of UN institutions and mechanisms that deal with human rights in general and Indigenous Peoples’ issues in particular. Participants who complete the internship will be able to better assist their organizations and communities in protecting and promoting their rights. The 4 weeks fellowship programmed for the summer of 2024 will be available in 5 languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian and Portuguese.
Fellows from all 5 language components of the programme are trained together with simultaneous interpretation over 4 weeks in Geneva. The date of the training programme usually coincides with the annual session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (June/July each year), allowing the fellows to participate more actively in that Mechanism.
- The selected candidates are entitled to a return flight ticket, living expenses and basic health insurance for the duration of the training.
- The candidate must be indigenous (non-indigenous persons will not be taken into consideration, even if they have close links with indigenous communities and/or organizations).
- Age should not be a limitation to participation in the programme.
- Formal education should not be a limitation to participation in the IFP given the socio-economic barriers confronted by many indigenous peoples that limit access to formal educational institutions.
- Candidates should agree to train other indigenous persons after the return to their respective communities/organizations.
- The candidate should be proposed, and his/her candidacy supported by his/her indigenous organization and/or community. It is desirable that the sponsoring organization has a firm constituency or membership and that it is representative.
- The candidate should have a good working knowledge of the language in which the programme is imparted.
How to apply
We strongly encourage you to send your application form well before the deadline. Fellowship applications will only be taken into consideration if they are fully completed. Both parts I and II of the application form must be signed and sent by regular post to the following address:
Mr. Morse Caoagas Flores
Coordinator, Indigenous Fellowship Programme
Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
48, Avenue Giuseppe-Motta, Office 2-05
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Application forms need to be accompanied by an official recommendation letter from the nominating indigenous organization or community.
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