2022 United Nations Human Rights Fellowship for Africans


Deadline (y-m-d): 2022-06-15

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The United Nations Human Rights Fellowship is now open for Young Africans to apply with the intent of deepening their understanding of the United Nations human rights system.

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The Human Rights 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.

Scholarship Details:

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.

The objective of this training programme is to enhance the knowledge of indigenous peoples on existing international human rights instruments and mechanisms, so they can use them to more effectively advocate for the rights of their communities.

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Scholarship Requirements:

To be considered for the IMES, you must:

  • Be an individual of African descent living in the Diaspora.
  • Have a minimum of 4 years of work experience related to the rights of People of African Descent.
  • Have sufficient command of the English language to be able to participate fully in the programme.
  • Submit a letter from an organization working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights certifying their status.
  • Be available to attend the full duration of the programme.
  • Participate in different activities and to strictly follow the programme.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

  • Each fellow is entitled to a
    1. return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva;
    2. basic health insurance; and
    3. a stipend to cover modest accommodation and
    4. other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.
  • 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.
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Required Documents

  • 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.
  • Please note that submissions with more than five attachments will not be accepted.

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted in English, Français, and Español

Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in one single e-mail to ohchr-africandescentfellowship@un.org

Important: 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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The Application Deadline is 15th June 2022

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