UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme 2018 for People of African Descent

The application process for the UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme 2018 for people of African descent is now open.Deadline for submission of application is 1st June, 2018. Each fellow is entitled to a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva and many more benefits. Continue reading below…..

UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme

UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme


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.

In the framework of the Programme of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, this year the Fellowship will be held from 19 November to 7 December 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland. 

UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme 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.
  • 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.

UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme Benefits

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.

UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme Selection Process

The selection of the fellows will reflect gender and regional balance. The human rights situation of People of African Descent in the respective countries will also be taken into consideration.

Please note, that because of the volume of messages, applications will not be acknowledged. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. 

How to Apply for UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme

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

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A completed, signed and scanned Application Formin 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.

Important: Please mention in the subject header of your e-mail: “Application for the 2018 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

Official Link

Deadline for Applications: 1 June 2018


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