Apply: UN Human Rights Fellowship Programme

Deadline: 30 April, 2020

The fellowship programme 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, Switzerland.

The fellowship programme was initiated by the Anti-Racial Discrimination Section of the UN in 2011 and was further supported by the General Assembly Resolution on Programme of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent.


  • Each fellow is entitled to a return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva
  • Each fellow is entitled to basic health insurance
  • Each fellow is entitled to a stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the programme
  • Each fellow will have the opportunity to learn about and deepen their understanding of 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
  • Each fellow will have the opportunity to strengthen skills in developing project proposals, delivering presentations and submitting information to human rights mechanisms
  • Each fellow will have the opportunity to gain first-hand exposure to human rights mechanisms
  • Each fellow will have the opportunity to meet with a wide-range of actors


  • The candidate must be an individual of African descent living in the Diaspora
  • The candidate must have a minimum of four 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 organisation working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights certifying their status
  • The candidate must be available for the full duration of the programme (the selected fellows will be expected to participate in different activities and to strictly follow the programme)

To apply and for more information, click here.

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