Application For UN Religion Fellowship 2020

Applications are due by December 15th, 2019.

The OutRight Religion Fellowship is a 12-month program 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 violence and discrimination in Central, East or West Africa.

The aim of the UN Religion Fellowship is four-fold:

  • Facilitate the use of New York-based UN spaces for LGBTI activists from Central, East or West Africa to enhance their networks and identify new entry points for progressing the protection and promotion of LGBTI human rights in their country.
  • Increase visibility and engagement of LGBTI human rights defenders from the Global-South within high-level UN political forums, specifically in response to religiously-motivated homophobia and transphobia.
  • 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.
  • Strengthen relationships with diplomats in the New York-based UN system.


The OutRight UN Fellowship runs from January – December 2020. The Fellowship will operate around in-person participation 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 General Assembly High-Level week, OutRight’s annual Week of UN Advocacy and OutRight’s OutSummit Conference. The Fellowship will include advocacy training.


OutRight Religion Fellows are expected to attend four of the five meetings highlighted above. They will also be required to participate in activities around communications including social media highlights during sessions and reflection blogs. Fellows will also be required to produce a final report of their experience of the fellowship as well as participate in a follow-up survey 6 months after the fellowship concludes to measure the impact of the fellowship on their national advocacy. Moreover, the Fellows will present a grant project plan to continue the implementation of those skills back home, at the end of their fellowship.


Fellows will be funded to travel to four of these five meetings, each of which generally lasts 1-2 weeks. Funding includes roundtrip airfare, accommodations, visa fees, ground transportation, and per diem. The Fellow will also be provided with a micro-grant to continue the implementation of the use of their newly acquired skill-set into the work they have done back home.


OutRight’s UN Religion Fellows should:

  • Reside and work in Central, East and West Africa
  • Can demonstrate an interest and track record in engagement and advocacy efforts in progressing LBTIQ rights
  • Be available at the dates and committed to participating in the high levels meetings 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 pre-requisite for this Fellowship.

Women, trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex human rights defenders are especially encouraged to apply.


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

Applications are due by December 15th, 2019. The successful applications will be confirmed on January 17th, 2020.

Please fill out the questionnaire HERE

If you have any questions regarding this Fellowship, please contact Luíza Veado at

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