City (Metropolitan Area): Geneva
Applicant Eligible Countries: Worldwide
Type of Opportunity: Trainings
Eligibility: National, ethnic, linguistic or religious minority group
Start Date: November 1, 2018
End Date: November 30, 2018
Application Deadline: June 30, 2018
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights launched the Minorities Fellowship Programme in 2005. This program is designed to give individuals who belong to national, ethnic, religious, or linguistic minorities the opportunity to gain experience in the UN system and mechanisms related to international human rights. This program, held annually, is offered in three different languages and lasts around five weeks.
Fellowships are based at the OHCHR in Geneva, Switzerland. This interactive program allows candidates to explore several topics related to human rights and minority rights, such as OHCHR work, the UN system, and human rights mechanisms. Fellows will engage in collaborative work as well as individual assignments. By the end of the program, all fellows will have the general knowledge of the United Nations system, with ample understanding that is necessary to pursue human rights activism.
In exchange for their participation, fellows will receive a return ticket (economy class) from their native countries to Geneva, a modest stipend to cover living expenses throughout the program, and health insurance.
Eligible candidates will belong to a minority group, regardless of whether that is national, linguistic, ethnic, or religious. Formal education is not necessary, but candidates should demonstrate previous experience or exceptional achievement in the field. They should have a good working knowledge of the language in which their desired program is offered, as well as the willingness to assist other minority groups throughout the duration of this program. All candidates must be sponsored and nominated by a minority organization or community.
To apply, interested candidates should download an application form from the program website. This application is available in English, Russian, and Arabic. The application must be submitted in its entirety, and should include a recommendation letter from the nominating organization. Materials may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or via direct mail to Morse Caoagas Flores, the Coordinator for the Indigenous and Minorities Fellowship Programmes.
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