UN OHCHR Fellowship Programme 2022

UN OHCHR Fellowship Programme 2022 for people of African Descent is currently accepting applications from adequately qualified candidates.

The Fellowship program for persons of African descent is an intense human rights training program for individuals of African descent who work to promote the rights of people of African descent in the diaspora. It is held in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva once a year.

The goal is to improve participants’ abilities to contribute to the protection and promotion of persons of African descent’s civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights in their individual nations.

The participants are given the tools they need to improve the creation of laws, policies, and programs, boost civil society-government partnerships, and conduct local awareness-raising efforts.

The Fellowship programme provides the participants with the opportunity to:

  • Learn about and deepen their understanding of the international human rights law and the UN human rights system, the international framework to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, and related intolerance, and intersecting issues with a focus on people of African descent;
  • Strengthen skills in developing project proposals, delivering presentations, and submitting information to human rights mechanisms;
  • Gain first-hand exposure to human rights mechanisms;
  • Meet with a wide range of actors.

Cost: 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.

UN OHCHR Fellowship Programme Eligibility

A person of African descent residing in the Diaspora is required to apply.

  • The applicant must have a minimum of four years of professional experience relevant to the rights of people of African descent.
  • The applicant must provide a certificate of certification from an organization that works on problems of people of African descent or minority rights.
  • Candidates must be able to attend for the whole duration of the program. The chosen fellows will be asked to engage in various activities and adhere to the program’s guidelines.

How to Apply for UN OHCHR Fellowship Programme

Applications can be submitted in English, Français, and Español.

Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in one single e-mail to [email protected]:

  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • A completed, signed, and scanned Application Form (English | Français Español) in one single document.
  • A 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 from the nominating organization or community certifying the status.
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport.
  • Note that submissions with more than five attachments will not be accepted.

Note: Please mention in the subject header of your e-mail: “Application for the 2022 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 certifying Status.pdf
SMITH Jacqueline – Passport.pdf

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