The GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP), implemented by the United Nations Development Programme UNDP, is starting an Indigenous Peoples Fellowship Initiative which shall have a Global component as well as a National component (the call to be made at a later date).
The aim of the Global component of the initiative is to help develop higher level capacity of select indigenous people representatives, to take leadership roles in critical management and advocacy work on global environmental and sustainable development concerns. It is primarily looking for emerging IP leaders, with proven leadership action and management work at the country level and who have either started or wish to start expanding such action and work to the global level. SGP is opening this Global IP fellowship with the selection of three (3) fellows at end of 2016 – in the Biodiversity Conservation field and in the Climate Change focal area – with implementation of the individualized fellowship programs in 2017. The application process is open to indigenous peoples fitting the set of criteria for the global fellowship – which is stated in the application form below.
The IP Fellowship is for men and women. Women are encouraged to apply. The application process is open from May 23 to July 31, 2016. A selection panel of IP leader-reps, composed of both men and women, and coming from all regions, will do the review of applications and assessment of applicants.