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OHCHR Minorities Fellowship Programme, Switzerland 2012


Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) offers Minorities Fellowship Programme in Arabic language, Switzerland 2012
Study Subject(s): Arabic language
Course Level:Fellowship
Scholarship Provider: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Scholarship can be taken at: Switzerland
Eligibility:
- The candidate must belong to a national, ethnic, linguistic or religious minority group.
-The candidates must have a good working knowledge of the language in which the programme is imparted (i.e. English or Arabic).
-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.
Scholarship Open for International Students:No
Scholarship Description: The Minorities Fellowship Programme (MFP) was launched by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in 2005. The MFP is held annually and currently has two linguistic versions: The English language programme has been running since 2005 and the Arabic language programme started in 2007. The Arabic language component began as a two-week pilot and gradually expanded to five weeks in 2011. The duration of the programmes varied until 2011, when both programmes were decided to last 5 weeks and coincide with the session of the Forum on Minority Issues. Through the MFP, the OHCHR aims to give persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities an opportunity to gain knowledge on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with international human rights in general and minority rights in particular. The MFP is intended to assist organizations and communities in protecting and promoting the rights of minorities the fellows belong to. The Fellows are based at the OHCHR Geneva, Switzerland. The MFP is interactive and consists of briefings on several topics (e.g. the UN system, OHCHR work, human rights mechanisms and instruments), fellows also undertake individual and group assignments. At the end of the MFP, the fellows should have a general knowledge of the United Nations system, international human rights instruments and mechanisms in general and those relevant to minorities in particular and be capable of further training their communities/organizations.
How to Apply: Email, Post
Scholarship Application Deadline: 31 May 2012
Further Scholarship Information and Application