Minorities Fellowship Programme – United Nations



The Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP), launched  in 2005 by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), aims to give people 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.


The Fellowship, which will be fully funded, will be interactive and consist of briefings on several topics (e.g. the UN system, OHCHR work, human rights mechanisms and instruments), fellows also undertake individual and group assignments.


At the end of the Fellowship, 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.



Geneva, Switzerland



7th to 25th November 2016



Interested candidates should submit their application indicating “Application to the 2016 Minorities Fellowship Programme” as subject either by e-mail* to minorityfellowships@ohchr.org, by fax to the number +41 22 917 90 08 or by post to:


Application to the 2016 Minorities Fellowship Programme
Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
CH-1211 Geneva 10



22nd of May 2016


Visit the OHCHR website for further information

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