FELLOWSHIP PROGRAMME FOR PERSONS BELONGING TO NATIONAL OR ETHNIC RELIGIOUS AND LINGUISTIC MINORITIES http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/minorities/fellowprog.htm Five Fellows to be chosen for 2006. Deadline for applications: 15 NOVEMBER 2005 (The implementation of the Fellowship programme is dependent on funding being made available) Through this Programme, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) aims to give persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, particularly young minority women and men, an opportunity to gain knowledge in the field of international human rights in general, and on minority rights in particular. The Fellowship Programme is intended to assist organizations and communities in protecting and promoting human rights. Five Fellows will be chosen to participate in this Programme to be held from the early February to end of April 2006. There may also be an opportunity to return to Geneva for the Working Group on Minorities of the Sub- Commission, depending on the outcome of the UN reform process. The Minorities Fellowship Programme for 2006 will run from early February to end of April 2006. The five Fellows will be based at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland for a period of three or three and a half months., from early February to the end of April and possibly returning to Geneva in late July early August for two weeks to follow the Sub-Commission's Working Group on Minorities. During this period the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Commission on Human Rights will be in session. There will be an opportunity to learn about the work of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and establish contact with the representatives who will be participating in their International Coordinating Committee and with representatives attending the annual session of the Commission on Human Rights. Additionally, opportunities will be provided to establish contacts and to network and lobby with the non-governmental community and other inter-governmental organizations, such as UNDP. After an introduction to the work of treaty bodies, particularly CERD, and to charter-based bodies work particularly, the Commission on Human Rights, the five Minorities Fellows will be given the opportunity to learn about the country-focused work of OHCHR and about the practical ways of strengthening national human rights protection systems. Training will also be provided on UN Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities and the work of the UN Working Group on Minorities. It is expected that the five Minorities Fellows at the end of the Programme will gain general knowledge about the treaty and charter-based bodies work on human rights, greater knowledge about the work of CERD and the Commission on Human Rights as it relates to issues of relevance to minorities. Furthermore, by the end of the Programme, each of the Minorities Fellows should be capable of giving trainings within their communities and organizations on the work of CERD and the Commission on Human Rights in general, and on minority rights in particular, and be able to disseminate the information and knowledge gained during the Fellowship Programme. Five Fellowships will be awarded for 2006. Each Fellowship award will include the following: 1. An economy class air ticket from the country of residence to Geneva (return); 2. A monthly grant to cover modest accommodation in Geneva for the duration of the Programme and other living expenses in Geneva ; and 3. Health insurance for the duration of the Programme 4. The same coverage would apply should there be a need to return to Geneva for the Working Group on Minorities. Selection process and criteria : The final selection of successful candidates will be made by an advisory group for the Minorities Fellowship Programme, which will include the members of the Working Group on Minorities, the Independent Expert on Minorities Issues and OHCHR secretariat. If a large number of applications were to be received, regrettably, only successful candidates would be contacted. The following guidelines and general criteria pertain to the selection of candidates for the Minorities Fellowship Programme: The individual candidate : 1. Age should not be a limitation to participation in the Minorities Fellowship Programme, although preference initially will be given to candidates between 25 - 35 years. 2. Formal education should not be a limitation to participation in the Minorities Fellowship Programme, if relevant experience can be demonstrated. 3. Candidates should have ability and willingness to train other persons belonging to minorities upon return to their respective communities/organizations. 4. The candidate should have the written support of their community or organization. 5. The candidates must have a good understanding of the English language, as all trainings and debriefings will be conducted in English. The sponsoring organization/association/community : 6. The overall goal of the Minorities Fellowship Programme is to offer persons belonging to minorities the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the field of international human rights in order to assist their organizations and communities in protecting and promoting human and minority rights. Therefore, it is important that the candidate proposed and nominated by a minority organization or community be someone who will return to his or her NGO to work in this field. 7. It is desirable that the sponsoring organization or association undertakes work on minority issues and is composed of persons belonging to minorities. Other guidelines and criteria : 8. The selection of the Minorities Fellows should reflect a regional and gender balance. 9. Ten alternates should be selected in the event that any of the first five preferences will not be available for the period of the programme. Fellowship applications will only be taken into consideration if they are fully completed. Fellowship applications 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 Programme should be addressed to: Minorities Fellowship Programme Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights UNOG-OHCHR CH-1211 Geneva 10 Switzerland Telephone number: (+ 41 22) 917 9204 or 917 9272 Telefax number: (+41 22) 917 9010 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline for applications: 15 NOVEMBER 2005 APPLICATION FORM http://www.ohchr.org/english/issues/minorities/docs/applicationform2006.doc ======== Asia Pacific Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to < >. If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact < >. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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