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








Day/Month/Year, example: 28/05/1975


Please state the country or countries that your work focuses on.


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.




Briefly list responsibilities (approx. 100 words)


Please rate your written skills. The predominant language for HRDAP is English.


Please rate your oral skills. The predominant language for HRDAP is English.


Example: December 15, 2012






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 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 are the key results you have achieved through your advocacy? (approx. 100 words)












If you have answered yes to any of the previous questions, please describe your work with the relevant mechanism(s). (approx. 100 words)


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)


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)



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)



If your organisation is unable to secure funding to cover all of your participation, would you like to request a scholarship?




Please provie a phone number where we can reach you best including country and area code


Do you require travel insurance or does your existing insurance cover travel and your stay in Switzerland?






Do you have a valid passport? Does it expire before 31 December 2017?



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.






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