OHCHR seeking Proposals for Minorities Fellowship Programme 2019

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Deadline: 20 April 2019

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights is seeking proposals for its Minorities Fellowship Programme 2019 to human rights and minority rights defenders belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.

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At the end of the MFP, the fellows should have a general knowledge of the United Nations system, international human rights instruments and mechanisms in general and those relevant to minorities in particular and be capable of further training their communities/organizations. The Programme furthermore serves as an opportunity for human rights activists working towards the protection and promotion of minority rights to expand their partners’ base by building a strategic dialogue with fellow activists from across the globe, the United Nations, relevant Geneva-based NGOs, amongst other partners.

Now offered in three linguistic components: English/Russian/Arabic; this year, the MFP will take place from 4 – 29 November 2019, in Geneva, Switzerland, and fellows will be able to participate as well in the 12th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues.

Benefits

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Fellows are entitled to the following: a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva, basic health insurance for the duration of the Programme, a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must belong to a national, ethnic, linguistic or religious minority group (persons who do not belong to a minority group will not be taken into consideration, even if they have close links with minority communities and/or organizations).
  • Note:If applicants community identifies as indigenous, please do not apply to this programme but to their Indigenous Fellowship Programme. Please note that the Indigenous Fellowship is a separate programme and has different application forms and deadlines.
  • Formal education should not be a limitation to participation in the Minorities Fellowship Programme, if relevant experience can be demonstrated.
  • Candidates should have ability, willingness and possibility to train other persons belonging to minorities upon return to their respective communities/organizations and should agree to do so.
  • The candidates must have a good working knowledge of the language in which the programme is imparted.
  • The candidate should be proposed and his/her candidacy supported by his/her organization and/or community. It is desirable that the sponsoring organization has a firm constituency or membership, is representative, undertakes work on minority issues and is composed of persons belonging to minorities.
  • The overall goal of the Minorities Fellowship Programme is to offer persons belonging to minorities the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the field of international human rights in order to assist their organizations and communities in protecting and promoting human and minority rights. Therefore, it is important that the candidate proposed and nominated by a minority organization or community be someone who will return to his or her NGO to work in this field.

Selection process

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  • The selection of fellows reflects a gender and regional balance. The general human rights situation in the respective regions/countries is also taken into consideration, as is the situation of the minority community to which the applicant belongs.
  • An advisory group composed of OHCHR staff undertakes the selection of successful candidates.

How to Apply

Applicants must be downloaded the application form via given website.

For more information, please visit https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Minorities/Pages/Fellowship.aspx

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  • Avatar Animashaun Tawakalt Abiodun says:

    Unable to get the site

  • Avatar Jeneba I Karmo says:

    It will be my pleasure two be part of this fellowship and it is a great one

  • Avatar executive Director ( Turinayo Emmanuel) says:

    I have a community based organisation called child care foundation Uganda based in Kisoro District of Uganda East Africa.
    please if you review our comments refer to the following website and reply to us whether we are eligible or not.

    Thank you

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      This opportunity is open to citizens of any country. You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfil the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Taghreed Duaibes says:

    Is there an age limit to apply? is Palestine in this kind of training? Thank you.

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Taghreed Duaibes,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      This opportunity is open to citizens of any country. For more information on eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link given on the last line of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar james says:

    how much percent of the national population to be considered as belonging to a national, ethnic, linguistic or religious minority group

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi James,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria and application process, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Jacob Oloo says:

    Unable to get the site

    • Avatar Komal says:

      Hi Jacob Oloo,

      To get detailed information on eligibility criteria and application requirements, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Almoustapha says:

    Bjr à-propos des critères d’eligiblité quelle est la langue requise. Merci

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Almoustapha,

      Thank you for contacting fundsforNGOs. Unfortunately, our services are only available in English and we are only able to respond to queries written in English.

      Good luck!

  • Avatar Felix mtuya says:

    Thanks for the opportunity our organization is dealing with the minority especialy those are women entreprenuers

    Felix .mtuya

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