WIPO: Indigenous Fellowship Opportunity

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is currently seeking applicants for its Indigenous Fellowship. The position is located at WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and starts in January 2017.


  1. The Fellow will work under the supervision of the Director of the Traditional Knowledge Division of WIPO, or his delegate, to:
  2. Assist in the conceptualization, development, organization and undertaking of outreach, awareness-raising and capacity-building activities with indigenous peoples and local communities related to intellectual property and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions;
  3. Contribute to and participate in the Secretariat of the IGC and related meetings, with a particular emphasis on the facilities and mechanisms that ensure representation and participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in the IGC process;
  4. Assist in planning and undertaking WIPO’s activities relevant to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples;
  5. Carry out relevant research and draft and prepare WIPO documents, WIPO publications and other relevant outreach and awareness-raising materials; and,
  6. Perform such other tasks that may be required in the context of the work of the Division.


WIPO covers travel expenses and offers a small stipend as compensation; applications are due no later than 6 p.m. Geneva time on Friday, September 26, 2016. 





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