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WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Programme Details For 2018/2019- How To Apply!

Applications are currently ongoing for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Indigenous Fellowship Programme (Fully Funded to Geneva, Switzerland). Submission deadline for the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship application is 8th October, 2018. Interested applicants should hurry and apply!

The law and practice of intellectual property is of increasing interest to indigenous peoples, stemming from concerns that indigenous cultural heritage and knowledge systems should be recognized and protected in conformity with the needs, expectations and customary practices of their custodians.

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The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2007, provides that indigenous peoples “have the right to maintain, control, protect and develop their intellectual property over cultural heritage, traditional knowledge, and traditional cultural expressions”.

The WIPO Indigenous Fellowship builds on a series of initiatives to ensure that indigenous peoples are actively and effectively involved in the work of WIPO on issues that matter to them. It recognizes, and seeks to foster, the strong legal expertise that exists within indigenous peoples, and offers a professional opportunity to an indigenous person to work within the WIPO Secretariat.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) seeks expressions of interest from suitably qualified indigenous individuals for the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship. The scholarship has been offered since 2013.

Scholarship Categories:


Eligible Countries:


Host Country for Fellowship:

WIPO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland

How do I know if I’m eligible for WIPO Indigenous Fellowship?

The Indigenous Fellow is expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Be a recognized and active member of an indigenous community;
  • Have proven experience in indigenous outreach and in participation in indigenous organizations and networks, including in an international context;
  • Hold legal qualifications, or equivalent in practical experience and community work, preferably with specific components related to intellectual property law;
  • Show ability to work effectively in English; the ability to work fluently and prepare documents suitable for publication in at least one other UN languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) would be an advantage.
  • Having a record of relevant publications (general awareness-raising, formal legal analysis or scholarly publications) would be an asset.


Travel expenses and a monthly stipend are payable; details are available on request. This is not a regular employment position within the WIPO Secretariat, and it does not lead to employment rights and entitlements beyond the terms of this fellowship.

What is the duration of the scholarship?

One year, renewable for one further year only.

Selection Criteria?

The Indigenous Fellow will be selected on the basis of a demonstrated capacity to contribute directly to the approved program outputs established in the WIPO Program and Budget. The Fellow will need to be available to commence the Fellowship in Geneva in the course of December 2018 or January 2019.

How to Apply for the WIPO Indigenous Fellowship Programme:

Scholarship Webpage

Expressions of interest, formulated through statements by the candidate addressing each of the
requirements set out above, accompanied only by a comprehensive curriculum vitae (résumé), should be sent to:

Traditional Knowledge Division
World Intellectual Property Organization
34 chemin des Colombettes,
1211 Geneva 20,

or by email ([email protected])

or by fax (+41 22 338 8120)

before close of business (6:00 p.m. Geneva time) on Monday October 8, 2018.

Application Deadline:

8th October, 2018.


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