2015 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme in Switzerland


2015 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme in Switzerland , and deadlines 6 April 2015 for Minorities Fellowship and 20 April 2015 for the Senior Minorities Fellowship Position. High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) awards minority fellowship program to candidates belong to a national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minority group. There are two types of fellowship available i.e. Minorities Fellowship Programme (held from 26th of October 2015 to 27th of November 2015) and Senior Minorities Fellowship (1st of September 2015 to 27th of November 2015). The Fellows are based at the OHCHR Geneva, Switzerland. The English language component of the Minority Fellowship Programme gives selected fellows the opportunity to learn more about the promotion and protection of minority rights, OHCHR, and the UN system as well give them an opportunity to attend the 8th session of the Forum on Minority Issues. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | Switzerland

Level: fellowship programme

Field(s): The MFP is interactive and consists of briefings on several topics (e.g. the UN system, OHCHR work, human rights mechanisms and instruments), fellows also undertake individual and group assignments. The senior minorities fellowship position aims at giving a better understanding and appreciation of the international human rights system and mechanisms, especially those dealing with minority issues, to a selected member of a national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minority with relevant experience and education.

Deadline: 6 April 2015 for Minorities Fellowship and 20 April 2015 for the Senior Minorities Fellowship Position.

Funded By: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): 2015 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme is targeted for International applicants

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

 Award No:  Not Specified

Scholarship Duration: Minorities Fellowship Programme 2015 will be held from Monday, 26th of October 2015 to Friday, 27th of November 2015. In 2015 the duration of the Senior Minorities Fellowship will be from Tuesday, 1st of September 2015 to Friday, 27th of November 2015.

Scholarship covers: Minorities Fellowship Programme: 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.

-The Senior Minorities Fellowship: The selected candidate will not receive a salary but will be entitled to a monthly stipend that will cover basic living expenses in Geneva, as well as return ticket home and basic health insurance. Please note that this is not a regular employment position within OHCHR and it does not lead to employment rights and entitlements beyond the terms of the Fellowship.

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Description

The 2015 Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) was launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2005.

Through the MFP, the OHCHR aims to give persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities an opportunity to gain knowledge on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with international human rights in general and minority rights in particular.

The MFP is intended to assist organizations and communities in protecting and promoting the rights of minorities the fellows belong to.

Minorities Fellowship Programme: The Fellows are based at the OHCHR Geneva, Switzerland. The MFP is interactive and consists of briefings on several topics (e.g. the UN system, OHCHR work, human rights mechanisms and instruments), fellows also undertake individual and group assignments.

The Senior Minorities Fellowship: This position aims at giving a better understanding and appreciation of the international human rights system and mechanisms, especially those dealing with minority issues, to a selected member of a national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minority with relevant experience and education. Through the experience gained during three months of working with the OHCHR Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section the Senior Fellow will gain practical knowledge and working level experience by directly contributing to the programmes and activities of the Section. The Senior Fellow is expected to return to his/her community better equipped to contribute towards the promotion and protection of minorities.

Eligibility

To apply for  2015 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme  , candidates 

‣ 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).

‣ Note: 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 (English).

‣ 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  2015 OHCHR 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.

For the  2015 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme Position: Candidates must belong to a national, ethnic, religious or linguistic minority group. They should also have:

‣ Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in law, political sciences, international relations or related fields.

‣ A minimum of four (4) years of work experience in the field of minority rights. Proven research and drafting skills are highly desirable. Experience in building the capacity of NGOs and other civil society actors will be an asset.

‣ Candidates must be fluent in English. Other language skills including Spanish, French or Arabic are highly desirable.

Selection Criteria for 2015 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme 

‣ The selection of fellows reflects a gender and regional balance. The general human rights situation in the respective regions/countries is also taken into consideration as is the situation of the minority community to which the applicant belongs to. The selection of successful candidates is undertaken by an advisory group composed of OHCHR staff.

Notification for 2015 OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme

‣ Only successful candidates will be contacted.

Scholarship Application Method 

‣ Interested candidates should submit their applications indicating “Application to the 2015 Minorities Fellowship” (Minorities Fellowship Programme) or “Application to the 2015 Senior Minorities Fellowship Position” (Senior Minorities Fellowship) as subject either as a single attachment by e-mail, by fax or by post.

‣ Scholarship Application due date :  6 April 2015 for Minorities Fellowship and 20 April 2015 for the Senior Minorities Fellowship Position.

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

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