The Outright UN Rights and Religion Fellowship is a 12-month program that supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) human rights defenders from around the world to harness the New York-based United Nations system to add value to their existing work. This year, Outright will select 6 Fellows.
The program is designed to support existing work defending LGBTIQ people from the impact of religiously motivated violence and discrimination in the global South and East.
How it Works
The Outright UN Rights and Religion Fellowship runs from February 2023 – January 2024. The program will focus on key advocacy opportunities, such as the Commission on the Status of Women, the High-Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals, UN General Assembly High Level week, Outright’s annual UN Advocacy Week, and Outright’s OutSummit Conference. The Fellowship will include advocacy training and regular meetings with Outright staff.
Fellows will be funded to travel to three of these four meetings, each of which generally lasts 1 to 2 weeks. Funding includes roundtrip airfare, accommodations, visa fees, ground transportation, and per diem. The Fellow will also be provided with a micro-grant of USD$5,000.00 to support implementation of their newly acquired skill-set into their work in their home country.
Outright’s UN Rights and Religion Fellows should:
- Reside and work in the global South or East
- Demonstrate an interest and track record in advocacy aimed at advancing the rights of LGBTIQ people
- Be available and committed to participate in high-level meetings in the United Nations calendar in New York
- Be fluent in written and spoken English
Experience working with the UN system, including UN agencies and human rights mechanisms, is NOT a prerequisite for this Fellowship.
Women, trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex human rights defenders are especially encouraged to apply.