ISHR Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Program 2024 for Human Rights Defenders (Scholarships Available) – Opportunities For Africans

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Application Deadline:  10 January 2024, midnight CET (Geneva Time)

After a successful hybrid programme launched  in 2023, ISHR is pleased to launch the call for application for the 2024 edition of the Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP), which will again take place both remotely and in Geneva! Below are some important dates to take into account before applying:

  • Mandatory distance learning course: 8 April – 3 June 2024 (part time)
  • In-person course in Geneva: 5- 15 June 2024 (full time)

The course equips human rights defenders with the knowledge and skills to integrate the UN human rights system into their existing work at the national level in a strategic manner, and provides an opportunity for participants to prepare for and engage in advocacy activities at the UN with the aim to effect change back home.

Defenders will complete a 10-week hybrid learning programme, online and offline, which will include:

  • Access to the HRDAP Platform, where they can complete e-learning courses on each key UN human rights mechanism and on advocacy strategies, access interactive learning materials and case studies on the ISHR Academy
  • Take part in live Q&A sessions with human rights experts
  • Receive a continuous advocacy support and coaching in order to develop concrete advocacy objectives to make strategic use of the international human rights system
  • Build networks around the world, and learn from peers from a range of regions working on a range of human rights issues
  • Apply their knowledge to case-studies scenarios and enhance their advocacy toolbox according to their specific needs
  • Receive support and advocacy accompaniment to conduct activities during the 56th and 57th Human Rights Council sessions and other relevant opportunities.

Participants will have the unique opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills while being in Geneva and practice, meet and share with their peers and experts. The blended format of the course allows defenders to continue their vital work on the ground, while diving into the inner workings of each key UN human rights mechanism, and gaining first-hand experience from advocates and UN staff on how civil society can strategically engage in the international human rights space.  


  • Full scholarships cover the whole cost of 5000 CHF, whilst partial scholarships may cover either the 2000 CHF tuition fee. Scholarships will be attributed at ISHR’s discretion.
  • Finally, participants may need to secure funding to ensure stable and reliable internet access
    and connectivity throughout the duration of the distance learning course.

How to Apply

  • First, download and read carefully the HRDAP 2024 Programme Description to find out more about modalities, requirements and funding.
  • If you meet the criteria, take some time to apply using this online form before midnight Geneva time on Wednesday 10 January 2024!

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the ISHR Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Program 2024

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