UNHRC Fellowship Programme 2019 for People of African Descent in Geneva

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The UNHRC Fellowship Programme 2019 for People of African Descent in Geneva is a three-week intensive learning opportunity for people of African descent from the diaspora, who are engaged in promoting the rights of people of African descent. It takes place once a year at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva.

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.

The aim is to strengthen participants’ skills to contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people of African descent in their respective countries. The participants are equipped with the tools necessary to enhance the development of legislation, policies and programmes; to strengthen collaboration of civil society with governments; and to undertake local awareness-raising activities. Since 2011, 72 fellows from 32 countries have participated in the Fellowship programme.

The Fellowship Programme was initiated by the Anti-Racial Discrimination Section in 2011 and was further supported by GA resolution on Programme of activities for the implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent. The High Commissioner is the coordinator of the IDPAD.

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.



Each fellow is entitled to a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva.

Basic health insurance will be provided to successful applicants.

A stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the programme will also be provided to successful applicants.


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 programme is bilingual in English and French. The candidate needs to have sufficient command of one of the two languages 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.

Eligible Regions: African Descent


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