UN Human Rights Fellowship for People of African Descent

The United Nations is welcoming applications for its UN Human Rights Fellowship for People of African Descent.


UN Human Rights Fellowship for People of African Descent is a Fellowship program by the United Nations that gives financial benefits to outstanding African students living in Diaspora to enable them study in Switzerland Universities and or Academic Institutions.

Deadline: 15th July 2021

Fellowship starts: 2021-2022

Number of Awards: Not specified

Type: Fellowship, Non-degree

Offered annually?: Yes

Duration of Award: Three weeks, between 15 November to 3 December

Country of Study: Geneva, Switzerland but because of COVID-19, this year’s will be held online

Target demographic: Nationals of African Origin living in the Diaspora

Offered Since: 2011

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for this fellowship program by the United Nations, applicants must:

° be an individual of African descent living in the Diaspora

° submit a letter from an organization working on issues related to People of African Descent or minority rights certifying their status

° be available to attend the full duration of the programme

° have a minimum of 4 years of work experience related to the rights of People of African Descent

° needs to have sufficient command of the English language to be able to participate fully in the programme

How to Apply

To apply, applicants are required to email the following to africandescentfellowship@ohchr.org, including:

° A Curriculum Vitae

° A copy of the applicant’s passport

° A completed, signed and scanned Application Form in one single document.

° An Official Letter from the nominating organization or community certifying the status

° 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

N.B: Notwithstanding, applicants are still advised to visit the Fellowship official website – link below – to access full details on application criteria, how to apply, and whatnot. All the best, Scholars.

Website: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Racism/InternationalDecade/Pages/FellowshipProgramme.aspx


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