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OHCHR Indigenous Peoples Fully Funded Fellowship Program

About the OHCHR Indigenous Peoples Fully Funded Fellowship

The application for the OHCHR Indigenous Peoples Fully Funded Fellowship Program is now open and accepting applications from interested indigenous people under the United Nations. The Indigenous Fellowship Program was launched in 1997 by the Office of the 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 give indigenous persons the opportunity to gain knowledge about the UN system and mechanisms dealing with human rights issues in general and indigenous issues in particular. Trained participants are better equipped to assist their organizations and communities in protecting and promoting their rights. This training program is available in 5 languages: English, Spanish, French, Russian and Portuguese.

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Time and duration for the OHCHR Indigenous Peoples Fully Funded Fellowship Program

Fellows from all 5 language components of the program are trained together with simultaneous interpretation over 4 weeks in Geneva. The date of the training program 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.

What the the OHCHR Indigenous Peoples Fully Funded Fellowship Program cover

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

Eligible applicants for the OHCHR Indigenous Peoples Fully Funded Fellowship Program

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 program.

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 program is imparted.

How to apply for the OHCHR Indigenous Peoples Fully Funded 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 Program

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



Scanned applications are also accepted and can be sent to the following email: [email protected] and copy: [email protected]

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

Selection process

The selection of fellows reflects a gender and regional balance, as well as a balance between communities represented. The general human rights situation in the respective regions/countries is also taken into consideration.

A pre-selection of 15 to 20 candidates per language group is made by previous indigenous fellows. The selection process also entails interviews of pre-selected candidates who applied to either the English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, or Russian language components of the program. In the case of the Portuguese, Spanish and Russian language components of the program, the selection of candidates is also carried out in collaboration with partner universities (University of Brasilia, University of Deusto, and the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia) that provide the preparatory training courses to the Program. The final selection of successful candidates is reviewed by an advisory group composed of OHCHR staff.

In view of the large number of applications, only pre-selected candidates are contacted. proceed to official link below to begin your application submission process

OHCHR Indigenous Peoples Fully Funded Fellowship

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