United Nations Human Rights-Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent in Switzerland

Posted: April 7, 2017 in Apr-Jun Deadline, Europe, Fellowship, Switzerland
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United Nations Human Rights is offering Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent to study in Switzerland for the year 2017.

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 International Decade for People of African Descent, proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 68/237 and to be observed from 2015 to 2024, provides a solid framework for the United Nations, Member States, civil society and all other relevant actors to join together with people of African descent and take effective measures for the implementation of the programme of activities in the spirit of recognition, justice and development.

Course Level: This is a fellowship programme.

Study Subject: 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.

Scholarship Award: 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.

Scholarship can be taken in Geneva, Switzerland

Eligibility: 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.
  •  candidate has to submit a letter from an organization working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights certifying their status.
  •  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.

Nationality: Students of African descent living in the Diaspora are eligible to apply for this scholarship programme.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirements: The candidate must have a minimum of 4 years of work experience related to the rights of People of African Descent.

English language Requirements: The candidate needs to have sufficient command of the English language to be able to participate fully in the programme.

How to Apply: Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in one single e-mail to africandescentfellowship-at-ohchr.org:

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  •  completed, signed and scanned Application Form in one single document.
  •  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
  •  copy of the applicant’s passport.

Application Form

Application Deadline: Scholarship application deadline is May 31, 2017.

Scholarship Link

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