Indigenous Fellowship Programme
>>English speaking programme (sessions imparted in English):
The English speaking component of the Indigenous Fellowship Programme began in 1997, as an initiative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) developed in the context of the International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People (1995-2004).
The English speaking component of the programme generally runs for four months from April/May to July/August. 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; basic health insurance for the duration of the Programme; a monthly grant to cover other living expenses in Geneva.
The candidates that have been selected for the 2008 English speaking programme are :
- Mr. Dharmodip Basumatary from India (Boro)
- Mr. Doug Kiel from the USA ( Oneida Tribe of Wisconsin)
- Mr. Khim Prasad Ghale from Nepal (Gurung)
- Ms. Jane Naini Meriwas from Kenya (Yaaku)
- Ms. Saelee Kamonphan from Thailand (Lisu)
Please note that the deadline to apply to the 2009 English speaking Programme is: Friday 27 June 2008