2020 Minorities Fellowship Programme - Call for Applications
Given the evolving environment and growing concerns regarding COVID-19 pandemic, OHCHR has made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 the Minorities Fellowship Programme scheduled for November and December 2020. All the applications submitted for the 2020 intake will be considered for 2021. Updated information and new announcements will be published on this webpage in due course. Applicants and partner organisations are encouraged to revisit the webpage on a regular basis for the updated information.
Launched in 2005, the Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) is OHCHR’s most comprehensive training programme for human rights and minority rights defenders belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities.
At the end of the MFP, the fellows should have a general knowledge of the United Nations system, international human rights instruments and mechanisms in general and those relevant to minorities in particular and be capable of further training their communities/organizations. The Programme furthermore serves as an opportunity for human rights activists working towards the protection and promotion of minority rights to expand their partners’ base by building a strategic dialogue with fellow activists from across the globe, the United Nations, relevant Geneva-based NGOs, amongst other partners.
Now offered in three linguistic components: English/Russian/Arabic; this year, the MFP will take place from 2 - 30 November 2020, in Geneva, Switzerland, and fellows will be able to participate as well in the
12th Session of the Forum on Minority Issues.
The deadline for application is
Friday, 28 February 2020.
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.
Who can apply?
1. 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).
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.
2. Formal education should not be a limitation to participation in the Minorities Fellowship Programme, if relevant experience can be demonstrated.
3. 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.
4. The candidates must have a good working knowledge of the language in which the programme is imparted.
5. 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.
6. The overall goal of the 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.
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.
An advisory group composed of OHCHR staff undertakes the selection of successful candidates.
In view of the large number of applications, we regret to inform that only successful candidates will be contacted.
How to apply?
Fellowship application forms can be downloaded from the following link:
Both parts I and II of the application form must be filled in and signed. In addition, application forms need to be accompanied by an official recommendation letter from the nominating organization or community. Fellowship applications will only be taken into consideration if they are fully completed.
Interested candidates should submit their application indicating
"Application to the 2020 Minorities Fellowship Programme" as subject either by e-mail* to
firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Mr. Morse Caoagas Flores
Coordinator, Indigenous & Minorities Fellowship Programmes
Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
48, Avenue Giuseppe-Motta, Office 2-05
CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
* E-mailed applications must be signed, scanned and submitted as a single PDF file.
Any questions pertaining to the Minorities Fellowship Programme can be directed to the addresses mentioned above.
Please note that applications received after the closing date will not be considered.