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Global Fellowship Program

**Applications for the 2018 Global Fellowship are now closed.**


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The Out & Equal Global Fellowship is a six-week intensive Out & Equal immersion for visiting fellows based outside the United States. Fellows will spend this time at the Out & Equal offices in San Francisco collaborating with our staff and developing an original project to implement back in their place of work. The goal of the program is to empower Fellows to become leaders for LGBTQ equality in the workplace, while offering insights from Out & Equal’s experience in workplace advocacy and extensive network of global partners.

2018 Fellowships will begin on Monday, August 27th and end Friday, October 5th.

Fellowships are offered in two tracks: one for representatives from NGOs working to advance LGBTQ workplace equality, and the other for corporate representatives looking to promote more inclusive culture and policies within their companies. Both Fellowships culminate in participants attending the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, where they will gain from the knowledge and experience shared during Summit and network with professionals in diversity and inclusion from around the world.



The Out & Equal Global Fellowship is open to people of all genders, orientations, backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and identities. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

NGO Track

  • Manager or executive-level employee at an NGO/non-profit based outside the United States that is focused fully or partially on advancing LGBTQ workplace equality in their country or region
  • Demonstrable experience and/or interest in LGBTQ workplace equality issues
  • The ability to expand upon and implement their project developed at Out & Equal when they return to their current organization following the fellowship

Corporate Track

  • Manager or executive-level employee based outside of the United States (Candidates may be employed by either non-U.S. corporations or U.S.-headquartered multinationals as long as they themselves are based outside of the United States)
  • Work for a company willing to sponsor their Fellowship (Corporate applicants’ employers must cover out-of-pocket costs, including housing and travel)
  • Work for a company that either has or is planning to start an LGBTQ employee resource group in the applicant’s country of residence, or has or is planning to develop other measures there that focus on LGBTQ workplace equality
  • Experience working to advance equality for LGBTQ people in the workplace or in other segments of society
  • The ability to expand upon and implement their project developed at Out & Equal when they return to their company following the fellowship

Additionally, applicants must speak fluent English and be available during the program dates. Women, transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary candidates are especially encouraged to apply.



During their time with Out & Equal, Global Fellows will gain access to knowledge and learning in LGBTQ workplace equality best practices, as well as opportunities to build relationships with experts in the public and private sectors around the world. The Fellowship will also provide them with professional leadership development in advancing LGBTQ diversity and inclusion, and an opportunity to fine-tune a specific program to advance workplace equality in their home country. Fellows will also receive a speaking opportunity at the Workplace Summit, the world’s largest LGBTQ workplace equality conference.

In addition to the significant learning and networking opportunities, Out & Equal and its corporate and foundation partners will provide the following benefits to NGO Global Fellows:

    • Roundtrip airfare to and from San Francisco at the beginning and end of the fellowship
    • Assistance with visa application fees
    • Stipend for accommodation and living expenses
    • Domestic U.S. travel to/from Summit, and Summit registration and hotel



Each applicant must propose an individual project to be delivered in the country in which they are based that will advance LGBTQ equality in the workplace and be positively influenced by an Out & Equal Fellowship. These projects will be developed through work with our organization’s staff and various partners.

Fellows will refine their project focus during their time at Out & Equal and will implement their individual project after returning to their home country. Fellows will be expected to report back on the outcomes of their project and related work. Specific deliverables include:

  • Attendance at meetings with corporate partners during their Fellowship, including the week of the Workplace Summit
  • Presentation on selected program area to be delivered at the 2018 Workplace Summit
  • Written impact report of 5-10 pages due six months after completion of the Fellowship and reporting on success and learnings from program implementation
  • Presentation of results in an Out & Equal Global Webinar



2018 Fellowships will begin on Monday, August 27th and end Friday, October 5th. The breakdown of the Fellowship is as follows:

  • Week 1: Fellows will meet with all Out & Equal departments to learn more about the organization’s work and become acclimated to the office.
  • Weeks 2-5: Fellows will develop their projects while gaining experience working side-by-side with Out & Equal staff on the organization’s key workplace equality initiatives and events. Fellows will also have the opportunity to meet with Out & Equal corporate partners, engage with other LGBTQ non-profits, and participate in community activities and events.
  • Week 6: During their final week, Fellows will participate in the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, where they will present on a globally focused panel, staff events together with Out & Equal staff, attend other globally focused panels and events, and gain knowledge and experience in key areas and network with advocates for LGBTQ workplace equality from around the world.
  • Post-Forum: Upon returning to their home country, Fellows will implement their program and report back to Out & Equal on their outcomes.



Applications for the 2018 Global Fellowship are now closed. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application by May 18th.




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