United Nations OHCHR Indigenous Fellowships for Human Rights Training Programme 2015

Deadline: 25 May 2015

The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is currently accepting applications from indigenous persons for its Indigenous Fellowships Programme (IFP) 2015. IFP is a comprehensive human rights training programme contributes to build the capacity and expertise of indigenous representatives on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with human rights in general and indigenous issues in particular, so they are in a better position to protect and promote the rights of their communities at the international level.

Since the launch of the training programme in 1997, more than 300 indigenous men and women from all over the world have been trained. They provided human rights training to many more in their communities. The selected candidates will be provided with a return flight ticket, living expenses and basic health insurance for the duration of the training.

Focus Countries: United Nations Member Countries (see the list below)

Programme Structure

The IFP is held annually and fellows from the 4 language (English, French, Spanish and Russian) of the programme are trained together with simultaneous interpretation during 4 to 5 weeks in Geneva. The date of the training programme usually coincides with the annual meeting of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (June/July), thus allowing the fellows to participate more actively in that Mechanism.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must be indigenous (non-indigenous persons will not be taken into consideration, even if they have close links with indigenous communities and/or organizations).
  • Age and formal education will not be a limitation to participation in the programme.
  • Candidates should agree to train other indigenous persons after the return to their respective communities/organizations.
  • The candidate should be proposed and his/her candidacy supported by his/her indigenous organization and/or community. It is desirable that the sponsoring organization has a firm constituency or membership and that it is representative.
  • The candidate should have a good working knowledge of the language, in which the programme is imparted.

How to apply?

  • Application consists of two parts. Both parts I and II of the application form must be signed and sent by regular post.
  • Scanned applications are also accepted and can be sent via email.
  • Application forms need to be accompanied by an official recommendation letter from the nominating indigenous organization or community.
  • A pre-selection of 15 to 20 candidates per language group is made by previous indigenous fellows. Interviews of pre-selected candidates are conducted thereon.

For more information, please visit OHCHR Fellowships.

See the list of United Nations Member Countries.


  1. Hello,
    my organization name Adevase Seva mandala – sarguja chhattisgarh, India. My organization’s all member Indication my organization working 24 years
    Indiization people.
    Anand Maravi

  2. Hello , I am Shazia from Pakistan working with an NGO . Can you please further define the word ‘indigenous person’ in the context of your program.
    This would really helpful for further request and fulfillment of criteria.

    • Hi Shazia,

      United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is the funding organization of this program. To get detailed information, visit the link given in ‘For more information…’ line and proceed.

      Good luck!

  3. Clemence C. Sendeza says:

    Would you please elaborate as to who is actually the costs(return airticket, living expenses & health insurance) for the IFP Training 2015? Is it is the UN commission meeting these?

    As an indigenous Malawian, I find the training very important and will later benefit the communities we serve but we can’t financially afford that.

    The nominating organisation needs the application forms and your elaboration before its endorsement for the nominee. We seek full sponsorship.

    • Hi Clemence,

      The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will provide return air ticket, living expenses, and health insurance to the selected candidates. We are not a nominating indigenous organization or community, we only provide you fundraising guide to make your project sustainable.

      To get detailed information, please visit the link in ‘For more information…’ line and proceed.

      All the very best!

  4. Njoh Norbert Kedze says:

    Hello Rashmi,
    I’m Norbert of Cameroonian Nationality, i am unable to identify the link you have described above. Rather, what i have seen is ”More…” which does not access the application from.

    • Hello Njoh,
      Please read the article carefully. At last of article, you will get a link present in ‘For more information…’ line, it will navigate you to the website from where you can get detailed information on application process.

      Good luck!

  5. victor says:

    Am a Kenyan and i would wish to participate,do you have application forms or how do i apply

    • Rashmi Kanti says:

      Hello Victor,
      To access the application form, please visit the link followed by the line “For more information….” and proceed.
      Thank You!

      • Macrina Lyaunda says:

        Due to the many abuses of human rights within Zambia, e g abuse of women’s rights, abuse of children’s rights and many more.
        This programmer will benefit greatly, and the more that can be trained the better for Zambia and for the individual.

        Orphans and Vulnerables Organization is very concerned about this human rights issue because it works with the orphans and vulnerable children and the margInalised people.
        Macrina lyaunda