Application open for Indigenous Fellowship Programme of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

2014-04-05 - 2014-04-05

English speaking programme (sessions imparted in English):


The English speaking component of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme (IFP) was established in 1997.

The Fellows are based at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland. The programme is an inter-active process, which consists of briefings on several topics (OHCHR’s mandate and activities, the UN system, Human Rights instruments and mechanisms, including those more specifically dealing with indigenous issues) and individual and group assignments.

Fellows will also have the opportunity to receive training/briefing sessions with other UN and specialized agencies (ILO, WIPO, UNESCO, UNDP, UNITAR) and with other international organizations and Geneva based Human Rights NGOs.

At the end of the Programme, each Fellow will have a general knowledge on the United Nations system, international human rights instruments and mechanisms, in particular those relevant to indigenous peoples and be capable of giving training sessions within their communities/organizations on the knowledge acquired.

Fellows attending the English speaking component of the programme are entitled to the following: a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva; modest accommodation in Geneva for the duration of the Programme; basic health insurance for the duration of the Programme; a monthly grant to cover other living expenses in Geneva.

In 2013, the English linguistic component of the IFP will run from 17 June to 12 July and fellows will be able to participate in the 6th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

New: The candidates selected to participate in the 2013 English linguistic component of the programme are:

  • Ms. Brenda Young, Chippewas/Anishinabek Nation, Canada
  • Mr. Pablo Miss, Maya Q’eqchi, Belize
  • Ms. Alma Grace Barla, Oraon, India
  • Mr. Emmanuel Mariach Lousot, Pokot, Kenya
  • Mr. Leonard K. Mindore, Ogiek, Kenya
  • Ms. Rajani Maharjan, Newar, Nepal
  • Ms. Haylee Davis, Dunghutti Nation, Australia
  • Mr. Louis Elberto Biswane, Kaliña, Suriname

Please note that the deadline to receive applications for the 2014 English speaking programme is:  30 April 2013.


For more information visit the website of OHCHR here