EMA, The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation
Second Round Deadline:
30 March 2020
First Round Deadline:
3 February 2020
“After working for French diplomacy in Geneva, following the sessions of the Human Rights Council, I had the chance to work for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cameroon and Fiji. I am now working on child protection for UNICEF in Haiti. I am rich of all these experiences and looking forward to new ones and I know I owe part of these experiences to the fact I studied at the EMA.” (Gallianne Palayret, EMA Graduate 2002/2003, Child protection officer for UNICEF in Haiti)
The majority of EMA graduates work with human rights organisations (governmental and non-governmental, international and national) both at their headquarters and in field missions (e.g. electoral observation, human rights monitoring, international cooperation projects). A number of graduates are also involved in human rights-related activities with their home Ministries of Foreign Affairs or are seconded by them to work for international institutions. Some graduates pursue further academic studies and research and a few are now the representatives of some EMA participating universities.
EMAlumni are also regularly invited to teach on the EMA Programme or act as resource persons for its numerous activities, such as the EMA Career Day, jointly organised with the EMAlumni Association, which provides students with tips, advice and information on career development and job market, including also a CV and cover letter clinic.
In previous years EIUC itself has been facilitating the entry of its graduates in the human rights job market through two successful internship programmes:
EMA Internship Programme
Every year since 1998/1999 EIUC, with the support of the European Union, has awarded a paid internship in the field of human rights to the 15 students who have achieved the highest results during each academic year. Internships in inter-governmental, governmental and non-governmental organisations have given the selected graduates an opportunity to immediately put into practice the knowledge acquired during the course.
Among the institutions that have hosted our graduates throughout these years are:
Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva – restricted to EU citizens with no previous experience in a EU Institution
Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York – restricted to EU citizens with no previous experience in a EU Institution
Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg – restricted to EU citizens with no previous experience in a EU Institution
Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel in Tel Aviv – restricted to EU citizens with no previous experience in a EU Institution
Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Sudan, Khartoum – restricted to EU citizens with no previous experience in a EU Institution
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris
Human Rights Watch (HRW), Brussels
International Organization for Migration (IOM) ,Beijing
International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), Copenhagen
No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) , Brussels
International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) – office in Brussels
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) – office in Geneva
Terre des Hommes International Federation (TDHIF) , Brussels
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Warsaw
Protection International (PI), Brussels
Open Society Foundations (OSF), Brussels
Austrian Development Agency, Vienna
European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI), Brussels
The EMA Internship Programme has already offered a unique opportunity to over 200 graduates to access the job market. It is in fact an excellent way to transition into a working career, having become a platform for many generations of students that are now employed or have been employed within the organisations where they have interned thanks to EIUC. It has also helped creating a powerful alumni network that has become instrumental in facilitating interaction between different institutions.
The EMA Internship Programme in the EC Delegation in Beijing was another fantastic experience and while working in China, as well as in every place I have worked since including Brussels, Darfur, Democratic Republic of Congo and Sierra Leone, I was lucky enough to befriend new masterini and to feel part of a truly global network. (Matthew Willner-Reid, EMA Graduate 2005/2006, Cooperation Officer for Services to Vulnerable Populations, EU Delegation in Kabul)
GC EU-UN Fellowship Programme
The EU-UN Fellowship Programme complements the training activities of EMA by providing high level operational working experience for 4 EMA graduates each year. This unique programme was initiated in 1996 by the Human Rights and Democratisation Unit of the European Commission and has since gained an excellent reputation and reciprocal appreciation for the concrete assistance that the fellows provide and the exceptional experience that the fellows gain.
As the fellows are assigned to the EU Delegations to the United Nations (Geneva and New York), the programme provides EMA graduates with an opportunity to gain advanced insight into EU activities at the UN, thus creating a multiplier effect for future work experiences. At the same time, it boosts the human resources capacity of EU offices by providing them with young professionals who possess specific expertise in the promotion of human rights.
Based on the principle of knowledge-transfer, the programme includes, among others, the following tasks for the fellows:
Following key human rights dossiers and doing substantive research in related issues, such as the right to development, the right to health, human rights and terrorism etc.
Substantive preparation and attendance of meetings at the UN and UN Agencies as well as European Union (EU) co-ordination meetings;
Drafting reports, briefings, statements and other documents
In this context, the fellows become an integral part of the delegation, acting (under due supervision) as human rights experts, providing helpful support and information on human rights issues, and gaining extensive insight into diplomatic activities.
TThrough GC I had the opportunity to participate in the GC Fellowship Programme, at the United Nations. I spent five months in Geneva working with the EU presidency at the Human Rights Commission, and four months in New York at the European Commission delegation to the UN. It was an amazing experience, I had the chance to draft speeches which I delivered at the Council, participate in EU/UN negotiations, meet with NGOs. Ultimately it gave the opportunity to put into practice so much what we had studied throughout the Master's programme. (Jean Tomkin, E.MA graduate 2006/2007, Solicitor in one of Ireland's largest Criminal Law and Human Rights Practices)