Scholary Fund

UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme for Africans

Last updated: May 13, 2022

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Target: African Descents,

Award Value: Fully Funded,

Host Institution: United Nations, Geneva


Updated yearly

UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme for Africans

The United Nations Human Rights is currently accepting applications for a fellowship program which is exclusively open to the People of African Descent. Fellows will have opportunity to learn the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent in Geneva, Switzerland.

Fellowship Description

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.

Award Value

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.

Level and Area of Studies

Non – Degree program in human rights related fields.

Place of Study

In Geneva, Switzerland.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.

Applicants Nationality

This Human Rights Fellowship is only open to the people of African descents.

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Application Instruction

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

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A completed, signed and scanned Application Form in 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.

Submission Deadline
Updated Yearly.

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