How to apply


General information

The Practical Guide below contains detailed information on the two programmes administrated by the Trust Fund. It includes a Frequently Asked Questions section. Government representatives from LDCs and SIDS interested are invited to consult the Practical Guide before applying.

Practical Guide and FAQ Eligible States

Practical Guide and FAQ [English] [French]

Applications are particularly welcome from these LDCs/SIDS (Word).


Programme I: Participation in a regular session of the HRC

The Human Rights Council (HRC) holds three regular sessions each year: in March, June and September. The HRC meets in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Who can apply

As a rule, only a government official/civil servant from a LDC/SIDS who is based in their home country is eligible to apply.

A representative of a LDC/SIDS can apply to participate in any of the three regular HRC sessions

Duration

Programme I covers the participation of a government official in a regular session of the HRC:

  • March: up to 4 weeks
  • June/September: up to 3 weeks

Scope of the financial coverage

Based on applicable UN rules on travel, the Trust Fund covers the following:

  • One round-trip ticket in economy class per regular session per Member State;
  • Daily subsistence allowance for the duration of the mission in Geneva (not exceeding the duration of the regular session). The Delegate is responsible for arranging her/his own temporary accommodation in Geneva and covering it with the Daily subsistence allowance. The Trust Fund does not cover costs for health insurance or other expenses, including personal expenses, during the government official’s stay in Geneva.

How to apply

Government representatives from interested LDCs/SIDS should submit their applications through their permanent missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva (when applicable) or to the United Nations in New York, along with the following documents:

  • An official letter or Note Verbale endorsing the designation of a government official. See example
  • A scanned copy of the passport of the designated government official. The passport must be valid for at least four months after their return to their home country.
  • The candidate’s certificate of completion of the e-Learning course;
  • An indication as to whether or not the candidate needs a Schengen visa.

Important notice: Only fully completed applications that are submitted prior to the deadline (see below) will be considered. Applications should be sent to: sidsldc@ohchr.org and registry@ohchr.org.

In addition, the candidate must submit her/his application through on-line registration (mandatory for application submitted for 2017).

English: http://ohchr-survey.unog.ch/index.php/933925?lang=en
French: http://ohchr-survey.unog.ch/index.php/933925?lang=fr

Deadline

Regular session of the HRC

Deadline for submission

March

1 January

June

1 April

September

1 July


Programme II: Fellowship

Timeline

The Fellowship programme runs only once a year. It starts at the beginning of September and ends in November.

The dates of the Fellowship Programme were selected to enable the Fellow to attend a September session of the Human Rights Council, a session of the UPR Working Group and relevant meetings of other human rights mechanisms.

Who can apply?

As a rule, only a government official/civil servant from a LDC/SIDS who is based in her/his home country is eligible to apply.

At the time of application, the candidate must have:

  • An advanced university degree in law, political science, international relations or a related discipline. Significant relevant experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in the government of her/his home country with relevant experience in the field of human rights. Experience in intergovernmental affairs is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other UN languages is considered an asset.

Each interested candidate must submit a supporting letter from a government official authorizing her/his participation in the Fellowship Programme. The candidate must also be committed to sharing the knowledge and experience gained during the Fellowship with their colleagues. 
Applicants are informed of the final decision by mid-July.

Scope of the financial coverage

The Trust Fund financially supports the selected Fellow in the form of a monthly stipend for the duration of the Fellowship Programme (three months) and covers the cost of a round-trip ticket in economy class (based on applicable UN rules on travel).

  • The Trust Fund does not cover costs for health insurance or other expenses, including personal expenses, during the Fellow’s stay in Geneva The Fellow is responsible for obtaining any necessary visa and health insurance. She/he is also responsible for arranging her/his own temporary accommodation in Geneva and covering it the monthly stipend

How to apply

Interested and qualified candidates must submit applications through their permanent missions to the United Nations Office at Geneva (when applicable), together with the following documents:

  • Completed application form
  • Detailed curriculum vitae in English or French;
  • Personal letter of motivation explaining concrete follow-up actions that will be undertaken upon return to the capital (two pages maximum);
  • Signed letter of support from the permanent mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva (or from the capital in the absence of a permanent mission in Geneva);
  • An official letter or Note Verbale endorsing the designation of a government official. See example
  • A scanned copy of the passport of the designated government official. The passport must be valid for at least four months after their return to their home country.
  • Candidate must submit the certificate of completion of the e-Learning course.
  • Indicate whether or not the candidate needs a Schengen visa.

Important notice: Only fully completed applications that are submitted prior to the deadline will be considered. Applications should be sent to: sidsldc@ohchr.org and registry@ohchr.org.  In addition, the candidate must submit her/his application through on-line registration (mandatory for application submitted for 2017).

English: http://ohchr-survey.unog.ch/index.php/933925?lang=en
French: http://ohchr-survey.unog.ch/index.php/933925?lang=fr

Fellowship Programme

Deadline for submission

September – November each year

1 June