Funding Opportunities

2014 Senior Indigenous Fellow
OHCHR Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, November 2013

The Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section (IPMS) of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is seeking an indigenous person to fill the position of “Senior Fellow” for a duration of four months (2 June – 30 September 2014). The candidate must be indigenous, and have: a university degree preferably in law, political sciences, international relations or any other disciplines related to human rights; basic understanding of international human rights instruments and mechanisms; and minimum of four years of working experience in the field of indigenous peoples’ rights. S/he should be fluent in English, while other language skills including Spanish, French or Russian are highly desirable. The candidate selected will not receive a salary but will be entitled to a monthly stipend that will cover basic living expenses in Geneva, as well as return ticket and basic health insurance. Interested candidates should submit their applications by fax (+41 22 917 90 08) with a cover letter indicating “Application to the 2014 Senior Indigenous Fellowship” or by post at: Indigenous Peoples and Minorities Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNOG-OHCHR, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland. Scanned applications can also be sent to: fellowship(at) The deadline is 17 January 2014. Download the call [doc] … Further information on the OHCHR fellowship programme …

Internship position open at SPFII
SPFII release, 12 November 2013

An internship position is now available at the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Applications should be submitted online at the UN Internship Programme webpage, with a copy sent to The specific job opening is JO # 31737 and the deadline for applications is 26 November 2013. Read the release … Visit the UN Internship Programme webpage …

Climate and Land Use Alliance Program Consultant
Climate and Land Use Alliance, October 2013

The Climate and Land Use Alliance seeks an individual to help implement the grant-making strategy of its Global Initiative Team. The Consultant must be able to demonstrate a record of success in achieving specific policy and programmatic outcomes working with a range of stakeholders, including private sector, governments, and non-governmental organizations; be a strategic thinker, have at least five years’ experience working in the area of forests and land use change, preferably in the tropics; and demonstrate knowledge of international forest, land use and climate change policy. S/he will have managed complex processes involving multiple institutions and individuals in a team arrangement; and understand how to bring evidence to bear in decision-making. Experience with grant-making is desirable but not necessary. The consultant will have primary responsibility for annual grants to 6-8 organizations, and will empower and enable grant recipients to achieve real impact, including on specific policy and programmatic objectives. The deadline for applications is 15 December 2013. Download the announcement [pdf] …

UN Voluntary Fund on Indigenous Populations – Call for applications to attend UNPFII 13 and EMPRIP 7
UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations, September 2013

The UN Voluntary Fund for Indigenous Populations gives indigenous peoples the opportunity to participate in the sessions of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII), the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP), the Human Rights Council and the treaty bodies. The deadline to submit applications to attend the 13th session of the UNPFII, to be held from 12-23 May 2014, at the UN Headquarters in New York, and the 7th session of the EMRIP, to be held from 7-11 July 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, is 1 November 2013. Download the application form [doc] … Further information on the Voluntary Fund … Download the OHCHR publication Human Rights Funds, Grants and Fellowships: A Practical Guide for Civil Society [pdf] …

Trust Fund on Indigenous Issues – 2014 Call for Proposals
PFII release, September 2013

The deadline for applications in response to the 2014 call for proposals is 1 November 2013. Applications are to be submitted to, or by post to the Permanent Forum Secretariat. Priority will be given to projects that focus on: culture (with a specific focus on indigenous languages); and the environment (with a specific focus on the principle of free, prior and informed consent). The proposals will be assessed by the Bureau of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in May 2014 and successful applicants will receive notice thereafter. Projects may be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Russian. Further information … Download the guidelines [pdf] … Download the application form [doc, English] …

Practical workshop for Indigenous Peoples and local communities on IP and traditional knowledge
4-6 December 2013 (Geneva, Switzerland)

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will organize a practical workshop for indigenous peoples and local communities on intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore, from 4-6 December 2013, in Geneva, Switzerland. The workshop aims to: impart basic knowledge of the main principles of the intellectual property (IP) system from a traditional knowledge (TK) perspective, emphasizing both the potential value that IP could bring in support of TK protection and the gaps within the IP system that might need to be filled; explain the rationale, objectives and methodology of the negotiations that are taking place in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore; and raise awareness of the available IP tools and WIPO materials that are relevant to the protection of TK.

The workshop is open to fourteen participants (two for each of the seven geo-cultural regions recognized by the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues), who will be selected based on the following criteria:

  • be an active member of an indigenous peoples’ organization/NGO or local community;
  • be nominated in writing by his/her indigenous peoples’ organization/NGO or community;
  • have suitable experience in international meetings and processes;
  • be able to speak either English, Spanish, French or Russian;
  • have motivated his/her interest in participating in the practical workshop; and,
  • have formulated his/her readiness to share information gathered and experiences gained at the Workshop.

Indigenous peoples and local communities members who wish to participate in the workshop need to submit an application form to the WIPO Traditional Knowledge Division by 15 September 2013. The selected participants will be provided with economy class air travel to and from Geneva, Switzerland and a daily stipend for the duration of the workshop. Read the WIPO announcement on the workshop … Download the application form [doc] … Read an IP Watch comment on the workshop …

Researcher/Advisor – indigenous rights
Amnesty International release, August 2013

Amnesty International seeks a specialist researcher to lead research and advocacy work on indigenous rights, based in London, UK. The deadline for applications is 8 September 2013. Further information, including link to application form …

Side-events in the eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions, Montreal, Canada, from 7 to 11 October 2013
CBD Notification, 17 July 2013

MONTREAL, CANADA: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) encourages the organization of side-events for the eighth meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j) (traditional knowledge), which further enrich the discussions on items on the agenda of this meeting. Requests should be made using the online side-event submission system available on the Secretariat’s web site at: The deadline for the receipt of requests is 3 September 2013. Download the notification [pdf] …

Selected ILC representatives to receive funding from the Voluntary Fund for participation in the eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions and SBSTTA 17
CBD Notification, 8 August 2013

MONTREAL, CANADA: The CBD Secretariat has circulated the list of beneficiaries of financial assistance in support of their participation in the eighth meeting of the CBD Working Group on Article 8(j), to be held from 7-11 October 2013 in Montreal, and the seventeenth meeting of the Convention’s Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 17), to be held from 14-18 October 2013, in Montreal. The selection was carried out in accordance with the criteria for the operation of the Voluntary Funding Mechanism to facilitate the participation of indigenous and local communities in the work of the Convention. Download the notification [pdf] …

Third meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, 24-28 February 2014
CBD Notification, 2 August 2013

MONTREAL, CANADA: In preparation for the third meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on access and benefit-sharing (ABS), to be held from 24-28 February 2014, in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, the CBD Secretariat has issued a notification inviting indigenous and local community representatives wishing to receive funding from the Voluntary Trust Fund to facilitate their participation in the meeting, to submit their application forms no later than 15 November 2013. The application forms are available at: and should be sent to the CBD Secretariat either by fax or by e-mail. Download the notification, including further information [pdf] …

Call for contributions to [square brackets]
CBD release, 5 August 2013

MONTREAL, CANADA: The CBD Secretariat seeks contributions from members of civil society and indigenous and local community organizations for the eighth issue of the CBD newsletter for civil society [square brackets], which is scheduled for publication in October 2013. Produced jointly by the CBD Secretariat and the CBD Alliance, a network of civil society organizations, the newsletter aims to facilitate timely dialogue on cutting edge biodiversity issues from both policy (advocacy and decision-making) and practical (implementation) perspectives. The new edition of [square brackets] will be published to coincide with the eighth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and SBSTTA 17. Articles are sought to address issues to be discussed by the Working Group on Article 8(j) and SBSTTA, including, among others: customary sustainable use; repatriation of information and traditional knowledge for cultural restoration; connecting traditional knowledge systems and science; adequacy of policy support tools and methodologies developed or used under the Convention; adequacy of observations and of data systems for achieving the Aichi biodiversity targets; and scientific and technical assessments of the effectiveness of the Convention’s implementation. Submissions are due by 6 September 2013. Download the release [pdf] …

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