Become an HRC Global Fellow
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. The Global Engagement Program seeks to leverage HRC’s domestic LGBT work to have an international impact. From calling out Americans for exporting hate to advocating for an LGBT-inclusive foreign policy, HRC envisions a world that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
The Global Engagement Program partners with Atlas Corps, an organization that facilitates fellowships for international nonprofit leaders, to identify outstanding and developing nonprofit leaders from around the world. All applicants for the Global Engagement 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.
HRC appoints up to two full-time (37.5 hours/week) Global Fellows for a full year, with a possibility for a 6 month extension. Global Fellows work alongside Program staff, staff from HRC’s many other departments and programs, and LGBT and human rights activists around the world to help implement the Program’s mission to leverage HRC’s domestic work in the international sphere. Fellows primarily support the Global Engagement Program through a variety of projects, and have opportunities to learn about and contribute to the work of all of HRC’s programs.
To be eligible for the Atlas Corps, applicants must have 2 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 international applicants (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.
Interested candidates should visit www.atlascorps.org and read more about the necessary qualifications and materials for successful applications. Questions regarding the application process should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. All materials are submitted online through the Atlas Corps, and possible candidates for the Global Fellowship will be contacted by HRC Global staff.
Global Fellows commit to 12 months at HRC (with the possibility of a 6 month extension) with the Global Engagement Program. Fellows are allotted a living stipend through Atlas Corps that covers expenses for rent and utilities, transportation, and food. More information is available at the Atlas Corps FAQ.
From the Atlas Corps website: “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.” For deadline and application information, visit the Atlas Corps website.
Jane (TJay) Wothaya Thirikwa | Nairobi, Kenya
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 Malik | New Delhi, India
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.