Fellowship on Public Policy with a Human Rights Approach from the Work of the IACHR

Fellowship on Public Policy with a Human Rights Approach from the Work of the IACHR

This fellowship is offered thanks to the support from the Trust for the Americas

1) Venue of Fellowship: Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States (OAS). Address: 1889 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20006, United States of America.

2) Modality: On-site

3) Deadline to present applications: September 30, 2015

4) Start and End Dates: December 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016

5) Length of the Fellowship: 9 months

6) Objective: To provide an opportunity for young professionals from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the inter-American system of human rights in the area of public policy with a human rights approach.

7) Program: The fellow will assist with tasks of the Public Policy Section with a focus on Human Rights of the ES/IACHR, under the supervision of its human rights specialist during the period of the fellowship and, at the end of the fellowship, present to the ES/IACHR a detailed report on the activities carried out.

8) Expected results:

  • Collaboration with and/or preparation of draft reports on systematization of ES/IACHR recommendations and its impact, regarding public policies with a human rights approach.
  • Search for information to identify best practices and analyze trends in policies with a focus on human rights in the Americas.
  • Collaboration with the Public Policy team of the ES/IACHR in the elaboration of the sections on public policies of the thematic and country reports, as well as in legal investigations conducted by the section.
  • Preparation of memos and other documents for hearings, working meetings and visits of the Commission.
  • Collaboration in initiatives related to the promotion and dissemination of the human rights system in the field of public policy.
  • Updating of the webpage of the Commission in relation to the work of the ES/IACHR regarding public policy.
  • Other assigned activities related to the subject of the fellowship.


9) Requirements:

  • Be a citizen of an OAS Member State;
  • Make a commitment to return to the country of origin upon completion of the fellowship;
  • Be bilingual in Spanish and English (attach certificates testifying intermediate-advance level); knowledge of Portuguese or French desirable;
  • Have graduated in any field of  social sciences from an officially recognized university (attach copy of the degree and grades obtained);
  • Have received the degree within the past 7 years;
  • Have demonstrable professional or academic experience in the field of public policy, and if possible in the field of human rights;
  • Present an essay of up to five pages, not edited by another person, on an issue of interest to the candidate in the field of public policy with a human rights approach.


10) Required documents: The following documents are required in order to be considered for the fellowship:

  • Letter of interest (cover letter from the interested person)
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic or professional)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Certification of second language from any institution
  • Copy of degree and grades obtained
  • Written essay of up to five pages, not edited by another person, on an issue of interest to the candidate in the field of public policy with a human rights approach.

Please note: all the required documents can be submitted either in English or Spanish. Only simple copies of the original documents required. There is no need to notarize them. The letters should be addressed to the INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS.

Subject to the discretion of the ES/IACHR, the shortlisted candidates might be requested to respond to additional questions.

11) Benefits:

    • The ES/IACHR provides a monthly stipend of US$3,200.00 during the period of the fellowship. With the stipend provided, the fellow is responsible for obtaining health insurance coverage of his/her choosing for the duration of the fellowship, and shall provide proof of coverage to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR prior to initiating the fellowship.
    • Round-trip economy class air transportation from the participant’s country of residence to Washington, D.C. Terminal and transfer expenses are not covered.
    • The ES/IACHR will award a certificate of participation in the Fellowship Program to the fellows who satisfactorily complete the entire period of the fellowship.

12) Responsibilities of the selected candidates:

    • Once an applicant has been selected, he/she should formally accept the fellowship in writing, confirming with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights his/her availability to complete the fellowship during the specified time period. Once accepted, the ES/IACHR will proceed with the necessary arrangements for purchase of round-trip economy air transportation between the candidate’s country of origin/residence and Washington, D.C.
    • In the event a candidate accepts a fellowship but cannot complete it, for whatever reason, he/she must immediately inform the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights so that the course of action may be decided.
    • It is the responsibility of each selected candidate to request and obtain the necessary visa to enter the United States, and/or transit visa (if applicable) in a timely manner. The ES/IACHR will not incur in any expense related to the processing of immigration or visa documents. The ES/IACHR will provide the candidate a document certifying his/her selection as an official fellow of the ES/IACHR so that he/she may request the corresponding visa, which is the sole responsibility of the selected candidate. In addition, the OAS will send a diplomatic note to the Embassy or Consulate where the selected candidate will be requesting his/her visa, certifying the fellow’s selection.
    • It is the responsibility of the selected candidate to arrive in a timely manner so that he/she will be present for the commencement of the fellowship on the date established by the ES/IACHR.
    • If the selected candidate declines the fellowship after the flight ticket has been purchased, or does not travel on the established dates or changes routes, the candidate shall reimburse the ES/IACHR the cost of the flight ticket or any additional costs incurred. The latter includes any additional costs, if any, incurred by the ES/IACHR, such as extra costs for accommodation during the candidate’s travel to and from Washington, D.C.
    • If the candidate resigns, cancels or terminates the fellowship after the program has begun without providing sufficient reason and evidence to the ES/IACHR for doing so, he/she will fully reimburse the ES/IACHR for all costs incurred on his/her behalf.

13) Presentation of candidates:

  • The electronic application can be accessed through the link below. Prior to accessing the electronic application, applicants should have all the documents indicated in sections 9 and 10 above ready for upload.
  • Documents can be uploaded in the following formats: .pdf, .doc, .docx and .zip. The files to be uploaded should first be saved in the following manner prior to uploading, and should not include any special characters in the name: First name, last name, name of required document. (Example: JohnSmithResume.doc)

To complete the electronic application form, click here.

The fellowship application must be completed via the automated digital system created by the ES/IACHR for this purpose. The system is open from September 16 until September 30, 2015 inclusive. We will only accept applications received via the automated digital system using the above link.

If the system asks for a “Survey ID”, please enter the code FASPP2015.

Please allow one month for the selection process. The results from the selection will be informed via email to each applicant approximately one month after the application deadline above. Any questions can be directed to: [email protected]

The Organization of American States does not discriminate against any individual, employee, or application for employment on the basis of race, color, marital status, religion, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or status as a parent.