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Indigenous Fellowship Programme


English language programme


The English language component of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme (IFP) was established in 1997. It takes place at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland and lasts for 4 weeks, usually coinciding with the annual meeting of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP).

The objective of this training programme is to enhance the knowledge of indigenous peoples on existing international human rights instruments and mechanisms, so they can use them to more effectively advocate for the rights of their communities and raise their concerns at the international level. At the end of the Programme, trained fellows are also in a better position to share and give training sessions on the knowledge gained to their indigenous communities and organizations.

The training combines theoretical sessions with briefings on the UN system, OHCHR mandate and activities, international Human Rights instruments (Treaties, Conventions, Declarations) and mechanisms (Human Rights Council, Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures) - including those more specifically dealing with indigenous issues (UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, ILO Convention 169, the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, EMRIP).

Practical assignments and exercises also help better integrate the theory. Fellows are also given the opportunity to actively participate in the annual meeting of EMRIP. Additionally, they get introduced to the work of other UN and specialized agencies (ILO, WIPO, UNESCO, UNICEF) and of Geneva based Human Rights NGOs, including DoCip. You can have a better idea of the type of sessions included in the agenda by clicking on: 2014 training programme.

Participants of the Fellowship Programme are entitled to the following: a return ticket (economy class) from their country of residence to Geneva; a daily or monthly stipend to cover their basic needs in Geneva, including modest accommodation, food and transport; a basic health insurance for the duration of the Programme. OHCHR will not cover any additional expenses such as visa fees and travel insurance.

New: in 2015, the English language component of the IFP will run from 29 June to 24 July in Geneva, Switzerland, and fellows will be able to participate in the 8th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Candidates selected to attend the 2015 English language component of the programme are:

  • Mrs. Aminatu GAMBO, Mbororo, Cameroon
  • Mrs. Susanne BULJO, Saami, Norway
  • Mrs. Victoria CAJANDIG, Subanen, Philippines
  • Mrs. Robin VERNEST, Swampi Cree Metis Nation, Canada
  • Mrs. Kileni Apuki FERNANDO, San, Namibia
  • Mr. Leburu Molatedi ANDRIAS, Khoi-San, Botswana
  • Mr. Neth PRAK, Bunong, Cambodia
  • Mr. Tilu LINGGI, Mishmi, India
  • Mr. Phoolman CHAUDHARY, Tharu, Nepal
  • Mr. Watson PUIAHI, Solomon Islander, Solomon Islands

Please note that the deadline to receive applications for the 2016 English language programme is:  25 May 2015.


>>Russian speaking programme (sessions imparted in Russian):

The Russian speaking component of the programme started as a pilot project in 2005. It was imparted in cooperation with the Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North (RAIPON) and the Center for Support of Indigenous Peoples of the North/Russian Indigenous Training Centre (CSIPN/RITC). Since 2008, it has been implemented in cooperation with the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (PFUR).

The programme consists of two distinctive sessions: a first session in Moscow and a second session in OHCHR Geneva. The training session in Moscow lasts for four weeks and includes introductory sessions to the UN system, introductory sessions to the work of UN agencies, briefings on UN mechanisms and procedures dealing with Human Rights in general and more specifically, the rights of indigenous peoples. Study-tours to governmental authorities also take place.

The Geneva component generally lasts for four weeks. It complements the Moscow component and includes introductions to the Human Rights Council, Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures, the instruments and mechanisms dealing with issues specific to indigenous peoples as well as practical exercises.

Visits to other UN agencies and NGOs are also organized.

In 2014, the Russian speaking programme will take place in June at the PFUR in Moscow, Russian Federation and their training will be complemented in Geneva, Switzerland, where the fellows will be given the opportunity to participate in the 7th session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

New: the candidates selected for the 2014 Russian language training programme are:

  • Mr. Shkliaev Aleksei, Udmurt, Russian Federation
  • Ms. Savitskaia Margarita, Nenets, Russian Federation
  • Ms. Toltaeva Liudmila, Shor, Russian Federation
  • Ms. Passar Irina, Nanay, Russian Federation
  • Ms. Ogava Tatiana, Uilta, Russian Federation
  • Ms. Gerasimova Anna, Veps, Russian Federation
  • Ms. Popova Raisa, Khanty, Russian Federation

Please note that the deadline to receive applications for the 2015 Russian speaking programme is:  2 June 2014.


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