HRDAP 2017 Application Form
In order to apply to participate in ISHR's Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Program 2017, please complete this form by midnight Geneva time on Wednesday 4 January 2017.
For the 29 May to 9 June 2017 training course, ISHR will consider applicants working on at least one of the focus topics of the 35th session of the Human Rights Council highlighted in the Programme Description and/or one of ISHR’s strategic priorities. Final decisions regarding participants will be based upon the following criteria:
• Match between applicants’ area of work/expertise and ISHR’s strategic priorities and/or the opportunities provided by the 35th session of the Human Rights Council;
• Applicants’ knowledge of human rights and their experience and willingness to engage with the UN human rights system and integrate it effectively into domestic level advocacy;
• Applicants’ experience of carrying out advocacy at the national and/or regional level;
• Applicants’ advocacy responsibilities and role within their organisation;
• Applicants’ willingness to contribute to peer education in a diverse group of participants;
• Applicants’ demonstrated commitment to the principles of human rights, including the principles of universality and non-discrimination;
• Applicants' communication, language and organisational skills;
• The potential for a strategic partnership between ISHR and the applicants’ organisation;
• Whether applicants or their organisations have been recommended by a strategic partner.
Prior to attending the training and advocacy programme in Geneva, participants are expected to:
• Complete a short online learning component consisting of guided reading in preparation of the course and forum discussions;
• Develop and submit a set of personal advocacy objectives for the visit to Geneva.
• Prepare some advocacy tools/documents to support advocacy activities in Geneva.
By 4 January 2017, each applicant must submit this application form, which includes:
• A recent CV/resume (max 2 pages);
• 2 letters of recommendation, including one from their organisation (to be emailed uploaded at the bottom of this form).
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis starting immediately. Participants will be advised by mid March on whether or not they have been selected, and the availability of a limited number of full/partial scholarships.
Examples: She/her/herself, they/their/themselves
Country of Residence
Date of Birth
Day/Month/Year, example: 28/05/1975
Country of Work
Please state the country or countries that your work focuses on.
Primary Focus of Work
Please state if your work is focused at the national, regional, and/or international levels.
Please give the name of the organisation(s) you work for.
Position / Title
Briefly list responsibilities (approx. 100 words)
English Written Skills
Please rate your written skills. The predominant language for HRDAP is English.
English Oral Skills
Please rate your oral skills. The predominant language for HRDAP is English.
Since when have you worked in human rights?
Example: December 15, 2012
What is the main issue your advocacy focuses on?
Women's rights & Women Human Rights Defenders
Business and human rights
Development of laws, policies and institutions to uphold human rights in the context of States in transition
The protection of human rights defenders
If 'other' please specify:
What are main advocacy tools you currently use?
What are the main advocacy tools you currently use to achieve change in the main issue you identified in the previous question? (approx. 100 words)
What are main challenges you face in that regard?
What are the main challenges you face in trying to use the tools you have already worked with, as well as in using UN mechanisms more generally? (approx. 100 words)
What key results have you achieved?
What are the key results you have achieved through your advocacy? (approx. 100 words)
I have worked with UN Human Rights Council
I have worked with UN Treaty Bodies
I have worked with UN Special Procedures
I have worked with Universal Periodic Review
I have worked with regional HR mechanisms
Describe your work with the mechanisms mentioned
If you have answered yes to any of the previous questions, please describe your work with the relevant mechanism(s). (approx. 100 words)
Describe your experience training others
During the course, you will be asked to share the above experiences with others using peer-learning techniques. Please tell us about your experience with peer to peer learning. (approx. 100 words)
Describe your work with diverse HR issues
You will be working with other human rights defenders who work on different thematic and geographic focus areas. Do you have experience in working with other defenders whose focus area or region is different from yours? (approx. 100 words)
Why do you want to participate in HRDAP and what are your expectations? (approx. 100 words)
What do you hope to achieve during HRDAP? How do you think you will be able to use what you learn at HRDAP in your human rights work? (approx. 100 words)
I commit to completing the online pre-training
The online pre-training requires a time commitment of approximately two hours per week over a six week period.
ISHR relies on contributions from partner organisations and participants to be able to deliver HRDAP. While we may be able to offer a small number of scholarships to cover the full or partial costs of participation, and without prejudice to your eligibility for such a scholarship, we also consider whether and how much participants or their organisations are prepared to contribute to the programme in selecting participants and determining the number of programme places.
In this light, how much is your organisation able to contribute to the costs of:
- tuition (which costs 3000 Swiss Francs (CHF) per participant)
- your accommodation, meals and per diem (which costs CHF 2000 per participant)
- your travel to and from Geneva (the cost of which depends on where you are travelling from and visa requirements)
- programme logistics and administration (which costs CHF 500 per participant)
Tuition: Accommodation: Travel: Programme logistics & administration: Total:
Would you like to request a scholarship?
If your organisation is unable to secure funding to cover all of your participation, would you like to request a scholarship?
Yes, full scholarship
Yes, partial scholarship
No, my organisation can fund me fully.
Please provie a phone number where we can reach you best including country and area code
Health insurance required to enter Switzerland?
Do you require travel insurance or does your existing insurance cover travel and your stay in Switzerland?
Yes, I need health insurance
No, I already have a health insurance cover for Switzerland (and I can provide proof with my visa application)
Do you need a visa to enter Switzerland?
Yes, I need a visa to enter Switzerland
No, I already have a visa to enter Switzerland
No, I have a passport that allows me to enter Switzerland
Do you have a valid visa to enter Switzerland?
Yes (Schengen visa)
Yes (UK resident)
Passport expiry date
Do you have a valid passport? Does it expire before 31 December 2017?
No, I do not have a valid passport
Yes, but my passport expires before 31 December 2017
Yes, and my passport is valid until after 31 December 2017
We will add you to ISHR's mailing list unless you tick this box to indicate otherwise.
CV and recommending letters
You must upload a CV (no more than 2 pages) and two recommendation letters (including one from your organisation) in order for the application to be considered. Click upload to attach the first document and then click upload again to add the next document, etc.
Send me a copy of my responses
Smartsheet Web Forms
Your submission is being processed. Please do not close this browser window until complete.