United Nations Student Delegation

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The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School seeks applications from students to participate in a special delegation to the United Nations in New York for the occasion of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. 

The trip, being held over two full days and will include meetings with senior UN policymakers, with a particular focus on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

Past year’s delegations have included in-depth meetings with:

•   Outgoing United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
•   Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights
•   Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination
•   Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect
•   Special Representative on Violence Against Children
•   Special Rapporteurs

Participants will also have opportunities to meet with delegates representing member states and civil society and to attend a session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. 

Preference is given to Harvard Kennedy School students with a strong interest in and commitment to human rights, as well as Carr Center research fellows whose research interests align with the trip's objectives. Students from other Harvard graduate schools will be considered on a case-by-case basis, pending available space and demonstrable interest in these issues.

If selected, participants will be required to fully participate in all activities on both days.

Limited ground transportation subsidies will be available. Boxed lunches and Thursday night dinner will be provided for all participants. Participants are responsible for other costs.

Participants will also be required to attend a Carr Center-convened workshop on the United Nations and Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School. Please only apply if you are available to attend this event.

Application Process

The following items should be included in your application. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter explaining interest 

This fellowship is only open to Harvard University students.