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United Nations OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Program

United Nations OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Program, kick-started in 1997 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), is an incredible chance for indigenous individuals. Its purpose is to grant them insight into the UN system, human rights mechanisms, and especially indigenous concerns. Armed with this knowledge, participants can effectively support their communities in safeguarding and advocating for their rights. This program is available in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian, and Portuguese.

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When does this program take place?

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.

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligibility AspectCriteria
Application DeadlineSeptember 30, 2023.
Minimum AgeAll age.
Required GPANo GPA prerequisite.
Eligibility CountryGlobal participation.
GenderAll genders welcome.
Race/EthnicityIndigenous background.

Scholarship Worth:

The selected candidates are entitled to a return flight ticket, living expenses and basic health insurance for the duration of the training.

The value of the scholarship is significant as it covers various aspects such as:

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  • Comprehensive training on UN mechanisms and human rights
  • Enhanced understanding of indigenous issues
  • Networking opportunities with fellow participants
  • Strengthened skills for advocating rights

Who can apply for United Nations OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Program:

  1. 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).
  2. Age should not be a limitation to participation in the programme.
  3. 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.
  4. Candidates should agree to train other indigenous persons after the return to their respective communities/organizations.
  5. 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.
  6. The candidate should have a good working knowledge of the language in which the programme is imparted.

How to apply for United Nations OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Program:

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
Switzerland

Scanned applications are also accepted and can be sent to the following email: ohchr-fellowship@un.org and copy: morse.flores@un.org

Application forms need to be accompanied by an official recommendation letter from the nominating indigenous organization or community.

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