Rómulo Gallegos IACHR Fellowship for Indigenous People / Beca CIDH Pueblos Indígenas
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OAS Department of Human Development
Professional Development Scholarship Program
IACHR Fellowship for Indigenous People
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) offers the Indigenous Peoples Fellowship on human rights and indigenous people’s rights.
1) Venue: Executive Secretariat of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights – Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Address: 1889 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006, United States of America
2) Modality: On-site
3) Deadline to present applications: April 30th, 2009
4) Start and End Dates: July 1st, 2009 – June 30th, 2010
5) Length of the Fellowship: One (1) Year
6) Number of Fellowships: 2 (two)
7) Objectives: To provide an opportunity for young indigenous lawyers from OAS Member States to understand and apply the mechanisms of protection of the Inter-American Human Rights system in the sphere of indigenous people’s rights. The Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the IACHR was created in 1990, and its object is to strengthen, promote and systematize the IACHR’s action in the field of indigenous people’s rights in the Americas.
8) Program: a) To support the work of the Rapporteurship on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, under the supervision of its specialists during the period of the fellowship; and b) at the end of the fellowship, to present to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR a detailed report of the activities carried out by the fellow.
· Be a citizen of an OAS Member State;
· Be a member of an indigenous peoples in the Americas.
· Have graduated in law from an officially recognized university (attach copy of the degree and grades obtained);
· Have received law degree after January 1, 2002;
· Have a demonstrable professional interest in the legal field of human rights, especially in the area of indigenous people’s rights;
· Fluency in Spanish (knowledge of another official language of the OAS is highly desirable);
· Present a paper of up to five pages, not edited by another person, on one or more indigenous rights issues of interest to the candidate.
10) OAS Scholarship Selection Criteria: In accordance with article 4.2. of the Manual of Procedures of the Scholarship and Training Programs of the OAS, OAS scholarships shall be granted based on the following criteria:
· The objectives and priorities established in the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development;
- The training priorities of the member states;
- The merits and overall credentials of the candidate, including his/her academic and professional background;
- The financial need of the candidate; and
- An extensive and equitable geographic distribution for the benefit of all member states and that takes into account the greater needs of the smaller and relatively less developed economies.
· The OAS provides:
1. A total stipend of US$33,600.00 for the period covered by the fellowship, that is, US$2,800.00 per month for 12 months. With said stipend, the fellow is responsible for securing health insurance coverage of his/her choice, for the entire period of the fellowship, providing proof of such coverage to the Executive Secretariat of the IACHR.
2. Round-trip economy class air transportation from the participant’s country of residence to Washington, D.C., USA
- The Commission will award a participation certificate for the Fellowship program only after the successful completion of the fellowship’s total duration period.
· The selected candidates must confirm their acceptance of the fellowship by signing and returning to DHD their completed “form of acceptance of the scholarship award”; only after this has been done will the OAS proceed with the necessary travel arrangements to purchase the air travel tickets, economy class, round-trip, between the fellowship recipient’s country of origin and the study location.
· Each fellowship recipient is responsible for arriving in time for the commencement of activities on the date established.
· If the fellowship recipient fails to travel on the scheduled dates, or change routes, after the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (GS/OAS) has purchased his/her travel ticket, he/she will be responsible for paying the difference in ticket costs in order to arrive at the fellowship site in time. The fellowship recipient will furthermore have to reimburse the GS/OAS the total cost of the airfare for his/her travel from his/her country of residence to the site where the Professional Development fellowship will take place and back if, after the ticket has been purchased, he/she declines the fellowship without written authorization from the Department of Human Development.
· The latter includes any additional costs, if any, incurred by the GS/OAS, such as extra costs for accommodation during the fellowship recipient’s travel to and from the country where the fellowship will be carried out.
· If the candidate declines, cancels or terminates the fellowship after the program has started without giving enough proof to the OAS/GS, he or she must reimburse OAS/GS the total amount of incurred costs/expenses.
13) Presentation of Candidates:
The online application form must be completed on-line and can be accessed at: http://www.educoas.org/portal/en/oasbecas/onsite.aspx?culture=en&navid=282 here you’ll find the announcements of all the onsite courses, click in the one you are interested in, go though the end of the page, and then you’ll find the Continue button which will direct you to the online application form.
All the additional forms must be completed electronically or in typewritten format.
Once the applicant has completed the online application form and submitted it, a copy will be sent automatically to his/her e-mail account. This completed form must be printed, signed and submitted with all the required documentation and additional forms found in the following link: http://www.educoas.org/portal/en/oasbecas/formspd.aspx?culture=en&navid=282 to the Department of Human Development at 1889 F Street NW Washington DC 20006, before the deadline to submit applications.
NOTE: This fellowship is offered thanks to the contribution of the Government of Denmark, in the frame of the project “REFORZAMIENTO DE LA CAPACIDAD DEL SISTEMA INTERAMERICANO PARA LA DEFENSA DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS DE LOS PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS EN LAS AMÉRICAS 2007-2009”.
Department of Human Development
LZea-Yonker/ Beca – Relatoría sobre los Derechos de los Indígenas-English-/USA/2009
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