United Nations Human Rights: Inviting applications for ‘Minorities Fellowship Programme’, comprehensive training programme for human rights and minority rights defenders belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.

Funding brief: Launched in 2005, the Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) is OHCHR’s most comprehensive training programme for human rights and minority rights defenders belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.

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 2 – 30 November 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland, and fellows will be able to participate as well in the 12th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues.

Donor Name: United Nations Human Rights, The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCR)
Funding name: 2020 Minorities Fellowship Programme

Deadline: The deadline for application is Friday, 28th, February, 2020.

Funding details link: Click to view

Funding limit: 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.

Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.

Project start date: N/A
Project duration: N/A

Eligible organization: As below

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).

If your community identifies as indigenous, please do not apply to this programme but to our 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.

Eligible Country: No country bar found (Open to all regions)

Submission mail: minorityfellowships@ohchr.org (copy to mflores@ohchr.org)

Other important link:
Form (Proposal): English (Click to view), Russian (Click to view), Arabic (Click to view)
About: Click to view
FAQ: Click to view

How to apply: Interested candidates should submit their application indicating “Application to the 2020 Minorities Fellowship Programme” as subject either by e-mail* to minorityfellowships@ohchr.org (copy to mflores@ohchr.org) or by post to: Mr. Morse Caoagas Flores, Coordinator, Indigenous & Minorities Fellowship Programmes, Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, 48, Avenue Giuseppe-Motta, Office 2-05, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland

Both parts I and II of the application form must be filled in and signed. In addition, application forms need to be accompanied by an official recommendation letter from the nominating organization or community. Fellowship applications will only be taken into consideration if they are fully completed.
* E-mailed applications must be signed, scanned and submitted as a single PDF file.

Only complete applications will be taken into consideration.  A complete application must include all of the following:
A duly completed and signed Application form – Part I. (pages 2-5 of this document)
A duly completed, signed and stamped Application form – Part I. (pages 6-8 of this document)
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