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The International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) in collaboration with Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is delighted to extend an invitation to university students across Denmark for the compelling summer course titled “Indigenous Peoples Rights – What You Have to Know.” This initiative presents an invaluable opportunity to delve into the multifaceted realm of Indigenous Peoples’ rights, knowledge, and their pivotal roles in diverse fields.

This course is distinctively delivered by a panel of esteemed educators of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous backgrounds, hailing from continents including Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, and Europe, providing a rich, global perspective on the subject.

Danish and international university students enrolled in a Danish university are invited to apply for a unique month-long, fully funded internship in November 2024, in partnership with IWGIA. This hands-on experience with Indigenous Peoples’ organizations offers unparalleled insights into grassroots efforts and advocacy. From the pool of applicants, seven students will be meticulously selected for this immersive experience.

Key Details of the Summer Course:

- Dates: August 26th – 30th, 2024

- Venue: Copenhagen Business School, Dalgas Have 15, 2000 Frederiksberg, Denmark

- Capacity: Limited to 35 participants


Course Curriculum:

·        International Law: Understanding the legal framework governing Indigenous Peoples’ rights.

·        Climate and Conservation: Exploring the impact of environmental changes and conservation efforts on Indigenous communities.

·        Land Rights: A study of Indigenous land ownership and related conflicts

·        Indigenous Peoples’ Movement: Insights into the global movements advocating for Indigenous rights.

·        Business and Human Rights: Examining the intersection of corporate practices and Indigenous rights.

·        Intellectual Property Rights: Addressing the protection of Indigenous knowledge and cultural expressions.

Application Process:

We invite interested students to submit a two-page motivation letter. This letter should succinctly but comprehensively cover the following elements:

1. Personal Introduction: Briefly introduce yourself, including your academic background and current studies.

2. Interest in Indigenous Peoples’ Rights: Explain your interest in the course and in Indigenous Peoples' rights. Include any relevant experiences or studies that have influenced this interest.

3. Objectives and Expectations: Describe what you hope to gain from the course and how it aligns with your academic or career goals.

4. Contribution to the Course: Highlight what unique perspectives or experiences you can bring to the course.

5. Future Aspirations: Discuss how you plan to utilize the knowledge and experience gained from this course in your future endeavors.


Please send your motivation letters to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than midnight, Wednesday, July 31, 2024.


We encourage students with a keen interest in Indigenous rights and intercultural engagements to apply for this enriching academic pursuit. Your participation promises not just academic enrichment but a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of Indigenous issues on a global scale.



IWGIA - International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs - is a global human rights organisation dedicated to promoting and defending Indigenous Peoples’ rights. Read more.

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