Become an HRC Global Fellow

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As the United States’ largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, the Human Rights Campaign is dedicated to ending discrimination, securing equal rights and protecting the health and safety of LGBT people all around the world. HRC Global seeks to leverage HRC’s substantial domestic knowledge, expertise and resources to have an impact around the world. We work to strengthen the global equality movement by supporting the efforts of LGBT organizations and advocates abroad, raising awareness of the discrimination and persecution faced by LGBT people worldwide, exposing the anti-LGBT activities of U.S. individuals and organizations abroad, educating about the need for LGBT-inclusive U.S. foreign policy and creating international allies for LGBT advocacy.

HRC Global partners with Atlas Corps, an organization that facilitates fellowships for international nonprofit leaders, on our Global Fellows project. Together, we identify outstanding established and emerging LGBT leaders from around the world, and bring two of those leaders each year to Washington, D.C. to work alongside HRC staff as HRC Global Fellows. All applicants for the HRC Global Fellowship must apply through Atlas Corps and can then identify the Human Rights Campaign as their preferred partner organization. Learn more about Atlas Corps here.


Description of HRC Global Fellow Duties

HRC appoints up to two full-time (37.5 hours/week) Global Fellows for a full year, with the possibility for a six month extension. Global Fellows work alongside HRC staff and LGBT and human rights activists around the world to help implement HRC Global’s mission to leverage HRC’s domestic work in the international sphere, end discrimination against LGBT people and realize a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.


To be eligible for the Atlas Corps, applicants must have two or more years of relevant experience in the nonprofit/NGO/social sector, a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, English proficiency (oral, writing, reading), be 35 years or younger at the start of the Fellowship, be an international applicant (U.S. citizens are not eligible for a Fellowship with Atlas Corps and HRC), and must commit to return to their home country after the Global Fellowship has ended.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should visit and read more about the necessary qualifications and materials for successful applications. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Questions about HRC Global's fellowship program should be directed here. All materials are submitted online through the Atlas Corps. Possible candidates for the Global Fellowship will be contacted by HRC Global staff.

Time Commitment and Stipends

Global Fellows commit to 12 months (with the possibility of a six month extension) at HRC. Fellows are allotted a living stipend through Atlas Corps that covers expenses for rent, utilities, transportation and food. More information is available on the Atlas Corps FAQ page.


Application Deadlines

"The application process is a four-month cycle that repeats itself. You may apply at any time and be considered, but we encourage you to spend some time on your application, including having it be reviewed by a peer, and then submit it as early as possible and not wait for any deadlines." - Courtesy of the Atlas Corps website


Global Fellows

Ahmed Hafez | Giza, Egypt (2015-2016)

“Being an HRC fellow is an opportunity to learn about LGBT movements and how they function, it is a great opportunity for learning and taking home experiences to continue the long fight against homophobia and transphobia in the Arab world” --Ahmed

Ahmed has seven years of experience in the human rights sector in Egypt. After participating in Egypt’s 2011 revolution, and his dedicated his life for advocating for human rights, this eventually led him to advocate for the LGBT issues in his region. His degree in Mass Communications made it easy for him to start advocating on social media and giving the LGBT Arabs awareness on how to be safe, healthy, and protected from police raids. A.H. has worked on giving LGBT people in the Arab world a voice to reach out to the international community, promoting their stories through privately done investigations in both Cairo and Beirut. He is currently an Atlas Corps fellow serving at the Human Rights Campaign, where he hopes to gain a greater understanding on how to change conservative communities. He has yet to figure out an answer on methods of ending homophobia in the Arab world. He hopes to one day create his own Arab LGBT network of activists that are organized to advocate for LGBT rights and lobby for passing legislation that protect LGBT people in their countries.

Global Fellow Alumni

Adrian Gonzalez, HRC global fellowAdrián Gonzalez | Monterrey, Mexico (2015)

"Mexico is going through a silent marriage equality revolution. Courts in more than 20 states out of 31 have granted same-sex couples the right to marry. The challenge is to pair the legal advances with social acceptance. I am very excited to use my experience at HRC Global to generate a change in the hearts and minds of Mexicans to embrace the LGBT community." --Adrián

Adrián has had vast international experience through his work in eight different countries within Asia, Europe, Oceania, Latin America and North America. Prior to joining HRC as a Global Fellow, he earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Sydney in Australia where he majored in International Business and Government and International Relations. Adrián has previously worked in the nonprofit sector developing social enterprises to alleviate pressing community issues in Nepal and Australia. Additionally, he has worked to integrate refugees from South Sudan into the Australian community. As a Global Fellow, Adrián works on strengthening the global LGBT equality movement through public education, advocacy, partnerships and research. Through his experiences, he has been given the ability to understand how cultural differences across and within nations affect social interactions and business transactions.

Ernesto Zelayandia, HRC global fellow

Ernesto Zelayandia | San Salvador, El Salvador (2015-2016)

"Working with HRC has provided me a new perspective about global efforts to strengthen LGBT rights everywhere. This is an exposure I couldn't have had even working 10 years in El Salvador." --Ernesto

Ernesto Zelayandia has three years of experience in the nonprofit sector in El Salvador and earned a Bachelor's Degree of Law from the Jesuit University of Central America José Simeón Cañas in 2011. Upon graduating, he worked as a lawyer in the private sector but found his true passion for human rights activism by volunteering with El Salvador's first LGBT legal clinic. Ernesto partnered with several other LGBTI organizations within the country and became a founding member of AMATE initiative: a project that aims to recover and preserve the historical narrative of the LGBT movement in El Salvador. He then continued on to work for Cristosal, a faith-based human rights and community development organization. As coordinator for the Global School program there, Ernesto developed field courses for international students to better understand human rights violations in his country. Currently, he is an Atlas Corps fellow with the Human Rights Campaign where he hopes to gain a greater understanding of international solidarity within the LGBT rights movement. Through these experiences, Ernesto has gained a working knowledge of social justice, grassroots organizations, intercultural exchange and equality advocacy. He hopes to further pursue a career in human rights advoccy and international human rights law.

Boysan Yakar, HRC global fellow

Boysan Yakar | Istanbul, Turkey (2015)

Boysan has long been involved in public policy work after graduating from Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey with a Bachelor of Integrated Arts degree from the Faculty of Art and Design. He served as a Global Fellow with the Human Rights Campaign while concurrently working closely with the Mayor of Sisli, a district of Istanbul. As an advisor he constructs policies that aim to establish an LGBTI-friendly environment as well as tangible municipal services for LGBTI citizens in his locale. Along with his team, Boysan has been successful in establishing equal health services for members of his own community. He works to implement awareness campaigns that especially engage with municipal employers. He hopes to continue working to eliminate homophobia within his community and to create policy that deals with discrimination and lack of accessibility for minority groups in civil society.

Jane Wothaya ThirikwaJane (TJay) Wothaya Thirikwa | Nairobi, Kenya (2013-2014)

"My time as an Atlas Corps Fellow serving at the Human Rights Campaign has been exceptionally rewarding. This experience has elevated the platform from which the foundation of my social change issue is rooted, and has equipped me with relevant skills for my nonprofit social change efforts." --TJay

Jane has more than five years’ experience in the nonprofit sector. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and Public Relations from the Moi University, Kenya. Before joining HRC as a Global Fellow, Jane was the Programs and Communications Officer at KELEGA Youth Empowerment and Education (Gay Kenya Trust). Her main responsibilities included fundraising and building partnerships with allies committed to the cause for equality for sexual minority persons in Kenya. She has been involved in lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) organizing efforts since 2006. Previously, Jane worked at the America Association of Blood Banks, Kenya, and at the Kenya Chapter of the Africa Society for Blood Transfusion. Through these experiences, she has developed strong project management and coordination skills, with particular interest in human rights. Jane enjoys photography, a skill she has incorporated into her advocacy work.

Tushar MalikTushar Malik | New Delhi, India (2013-2014)

"I learned a lot that is very valuable to me personally and professionally, and grown as a person, primarily because of the exposure and opportunities that I got this year by being a part of HRC." --Tushar

Tushar has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector as an LGBTQ youth activist, and earned a Bachelor’s in Mechatronics Engineering from Manipal University, India. He is the co-founder of QueerCampus, India's first support group dedicated to LGBTQ youth, which was established in New Delhi in 2010, where he engaged with Queer and questioning youth as a peer educator and counselor. Prior to becoming a Global Fellow at HRC, Tushar was the Operations Head for the Equal India Alliance, a nonprofit working towards increasing awareness about and acceptance for LGBTQ people in India at workplaces and universities. While at Equal India Alliance, Tushar spearheaded the "I, Ally" campaign, a media campaign that recorded messages of support from straight allies from across India. Tushar worked as an advisor to the Diversity in India Network, a collective of diversity and HR professionals of multi-national corporates based in India. He is trained in Theatre of the Oppressed, a powerful line of theatre that he uses constantly in his workshops with youth. He is also a published journalist, an award winning filmmaker, and a travel buff.