UN OHCHR Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent 2018 (Fully-Funded to Geneva, Switzerland)


DEADLINE: 01 June, 2018

Applications are open for the UN OHCHR Fellowship Programme for People of African Descent 2018. The Fellowship provides the participants with an intensive learning opportunity to deepen their understanding of the United Nations human rights system, instruments and mechanisms, with a focus on issues of particular relevance to people of African descent.

The Fellowship Programme will allow the participants to better contribute to the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights of people of African descent in their respective countries.

In the framework of the Programme of Activities for the Implementation of the International Decade for People of African Descent, this year the Fellowship will be held from November 19 to December 7, 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.


Each fellow is entitled to

  • A return ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to Geneva;
  • Basic health insurance; and
  • A stipend to cover modest accommodation and other living expenses for the duration of the Programme.


  • Candidate must be an individual of African descent living in the Diaspora;
  • Candidate must have a minimum of 4 years of work experience related to the rights of People of African Descent;
  • Candidate needs to have sufficient command of the English language to be able to participate fully in the programme;
  • Candidate has to submit a letter from an organization working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights certifying their status;
  • Candidates must be available to attend the full duration of the programme. The selected fellows will be expected to participate in different activities and to strictly follow the programme.

Selection Process

The selection of the fellows will reflect gender and regional balance. The human rights situation of People of African Descent in the respective countries will also be taken into consideration.


Applicants are requested to submit the following documents in one single e-mail to africandescentfellowship@ohchr.org:

  • A Curriculum Vitae
  • A completed, signed and scanned application form in one single document.
  • A Personal Statement (maximum 500 words) in which the candidate will explain his/her motivation for applying, and how he/she will use the knowledge gained from the fellowship to promote the interests and rights of people of African descent.
  • An Official Letter from the nominating organization or community certifying the status
  • A copy of the applicant’s passport.

Please note that submissions with more than five attachments will not be accepted.

For more information:

Visit UN OHCHR Fellowship Programme Webpage.