UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme in Switzerland

Applications for the UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme are now being accepted. Entries are accepted no later than 31 May. To be eligible, all applicants must be people of African descent. They will be spending up to two weeks in Switzerland learning the Human Right system.

Fellowship Description
The Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent provides the participants with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent. The Fellowship Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people of African descent in their respective countries.

Award Value
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.

Level and Area of Studies
Non – degree program in human right field.

Place of Study
The study will be taken in Switzerland.

Eligibility and Criteria

  • The candidate must be an individual of African descent living in the Diaspora. The candidate must have a minimum of 4 years of work experience related to the rights of People of African Descent.
  • The candidate needs to have sufficient command of the English language to be able to participate fully in the programme.
  • The candidate has to submit a letter from an organization working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights certifying their status.
  • The candidates must be available to attend the full duration of the programme. The selected fellows will be expected to participate in different activities and to strictly follow the programme.

Applicants’ Nationality
There is no nationality restriction.

Application Instruction
To apply, all candidates are required to submit the materials as follow:

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A completed, signed and scanned Application Form 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 of Support from the nominating organization or community
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport.

Submission Deadline
May 31,every year.

Website and Application Link