Call for Applications: OutRight UN Fellowship for African and Caribbean for Human Rights Defenders

Are you an LGBTQIA human rights defender living and working in Africa or the Caribbean? Are you interested in becoming more involved in international advocacy at the United Nations? Have you experienced the effects of homophobic/transphobic campaigning by the religious right? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then The OutRight United Nations Fellowship is looking for you!


The OutRight United Nations Fellowship is a four-event program over 12 month that supports LGBTI human rights defenders from around the world to harness the New York-based United Nations (UN) system to add value to their existing work. The program is designed to support existing work defending LGBTI people from the impact of religiously motivated homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination in the African and Caribbean regions.

The aim of the UN Fellowship is fourfold:

  1. Facilitate the use of New York-based spaces for LGBTI activists from Africa or the Caribbean to enhance their networks and identify new entry points for progressing the protection and promotion of LGBTI human rights in their country.
  2. Increase visibility and engagement of the LGBTI human rights defenders from the Global South within high-level UN political forums, specifically in response to religiously motivated homophobia/transphobia.
  3. Build the capacity of New York-based UN and state representatives in the human rights of LGBTI people to assist in the protection and promotion of these rights at the international level.
  4. Strengthen relationships with the Caribbean and African diplomats int he New York-based UN system.

How It Works:

The OutRight UN Fellowship runs from March to December 2018. The fellowship will include attendance at five key New York-based advocacy opportunities: The Commission on the Status of Women, the High-Level Political Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals, UN Advocacy and OutRight’s OutSummit Conference. The Fellowship will include advocacy training.


Fellows will be funded to travel to four of these five meetings, each of which generally lasts 1-2 weeks. Funding includes round trip airfare, accommodations, visa fees, ground transportation, and per diem. A commitment to attend four of the five meetings is a requirement for acceptance into the Fellows Program.


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.

Next Steps:

If you are an LGBTI activist from Africa or the Caribbean and feel you or your organization will benefit from taking part in OutRight’s UN Fellowship, please fill out the questionnaire HERE

The application deadline is January 10, 2018. The successful applications will be confirmed on January 25, 2018.

If you have any questions regarding this Fellowship, please feel free to contact Siri May at


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