IFP is a comprehensive human rights training programme contributes to build the capacity and expertise of indigenous representatives on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with human rights in general and indigenous issues in particular, so they are in a better position to protect and promote the rights of their communities at the international level.
Since the launch of the training programme in 1997, more than 300 indigenous men and women from all over the world have been trained. They provided human rights training to many more in their communities. The selected candidates will be provided with a return flight ticket, living expenses and basic health insurance for the duration of the training.
The IFP is held annually and fellows from the 4 language (English, French, Spanish and Russian) of the programme are trained together with simultaneous interpretation during 4 to 5 weeks in Geneva.
The date of the training programme usually coincides with the annual meeting of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (June/July), thus allowing the fellows to participate more actively in that Mechanism.
Applications are currently closed for this fellowship.