Indigenous Fellowship Programme
I. Objectives :
The aim of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme (IFP) is
to give indigenous peoples the opportunity to gain
knowledge on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with
human rights in general and indigenous issues in
particular so they can assist their organizations and
communities in protecting and promoting the rights of
The IFP is composed of 4 different linguistic
1) English speaking programme (sessions imparted in
The English speaking component of the Indigenous
Fellowship Programme began in 1997, as an OHCHR's
initiative developed in the context of the
International Decade of the World's Indigenous People
The English speaking component of the programme
generally runs for four months from May to September.
The Fellows are based at the Office of the United
Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in
Geneva, Switzerland. The programme is an inter-active
process, which consists of briefings on several topics
(i.e. OHCHR's work, the UN system and mechanisms)
individual and group assignments; fellows also have the
opportunity to receive training sessions with other UN
agencies, including ILO, WIPO, UNESCO and UNITAR.
At the end of the Programme, each Fellow should have a
general knowledge on the United Nations system,
international human rights instruments and mechanisms,
in particular those relevant to indigenous peoples and
be capable of giving training sessions within their
communities/organizations on the knowledge acquired.
Fellows attending the English speaking component of the
programme are entitled to the following: a return
ticket (economy class) from the country of residence to
Geneva; modest accommodation in Geneva for the duration
of the Programme; health insurance for the duration of
the Programme; a monthly grant to cover other living
expenses in Geneva.
The candidates selected for year 2006 are: Leanne Maree
Liddle ( Australia), Bandana Rai ( Nepal), Baba Festus
( South Africa), Peter Cheruiyot Kiplangat ( Kenya) and
Karmen Ramírez Boscán ( Colombia).
The deadline to apply to the 2007English speaking
programme is: 15 August 2006.
1. Age should not be a limitation to participation in
the IFP, although preference should be given to
candidates in the age-bracket 25-35 years.
2. Formal education should not be a limitation to
participation in the IFP given the socio-economic
barriers confronted by many indigenous peoples that
limit access to formal educational institutions.
3. Candidates should have the ability and the
willingness to train other indigenous persons after the
return to their respective communities/organizations.
4.The candidate should be proposed and his candidacy
supported by his/her indigenous organization and/or
community. It is desirable that the sponsoring
organization has a firm constituency or membership and
that it is representative.
5. The Fellows should have a good working knowledge of
the language, in which the programme is imparted.
6. The selection of fellows should reflect a gender and
a regional balance.
7. The general human rights situation in the respective
regions/countries should be taken into consideration in
the selection process.
The selection process takes place as follows:
A pre-selection of 15 (first five preferences and 10
alternates) candidates is made by previous indigenous
fellows. The final selection of successful candidates
is undertaken by the consultative group of the
Indigenous fellowship Programme, which is composed of
In view of the large number of applications, we regret
to inform that only successful candidates will be
Fellowship applications will only be taken into
consideration if they are fully completed. They must be
faxed or sent by regular post. E-mailed applications
will not be taken into consideration.
Fellowship applications or any questions pertaining to
the Indigenous Fellowship Programme can be addressed
Indigenous Project Team
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Telefax number: (+41 22) 917 90 08