Summer Vaid Fellowship Applications Now Being Accepted

February 08, 2004

Roberta Sklar, Director of Communications

Vaid Fellowships:
to support and recognize the leadership of people of color and other emerging leaders in Social Science, Public Policy and Legal Research

APPLICATION DEADLINE: For Summer 2004, application deadline is March 12, 2004. Decisions will be made and communicated by April 16th.


The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute is the largest think tank in the U.S. engaged in research, policy analysis and strategic action to advance equality and understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. At the Policy Institute we are expanding the knowledge base that our movement needs to conduct informed public education and advocacy campaigns to ensure that policy frameworks treat our community and our relationships fairly-including those frameworks not usually thought of as "gay" issues, like anti-poverty policy. We then translate this into tools that grassroots activists can use to conduct public education and public engagement campaigns.

The Policy Institute focuses in particular on issues of concern to LGBT people of color and low-income people of all races through Racial and Economic Justice Initiative; as well as family policy issues; aging and youth policy issues; voting behavior and political representation issues; public opinion; workplace benefit and discrimination issues; the impact of anti-gay ballot initiatives, and the anti-gay movement; and documenting basic demographics of the LGBT community.

The Task Force Policy Institute is a 501(c)(3) founded in 1995 and is located in New York City. It is a program of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which was founded in 1973 and works to eliminate prejudice, violence and injustice against LGBT people at the local, state and national level. As part of a broader social justice movement for freedom, justice and equality, the Task Force is creating a world that respects and celebrates the diversity of human expression and identity where all people may fully participate in society.


The Vaid Fellowship was created through generous grants from the Billie Jean King Foundation and the Anita May Rosenstein Foundation in honor of the Policy Institute's former director, long-time activist Urvashi Vaid. Vaid Fellowships support and recognize the leadership of people of color and other emerging leaders in the progressive movement for LGBT equality.

Vaid Fellows are given a great deal of responsibility. The three Vaid Fellows selected for Summer 2004 will focus on legal and policy research and writing, and will be directly supervised by a staff of nationally recognized LGBT policy experts from social science and legal research fields.


Summer Vaid Fellows are paid a stipend of $400 per 40-hour week. The summer 2004 term runs from June 7 - August 13. Vaid Fellows work in the Task Force New York City office and are responsible for their own housing and living expenses.


Applicants must be enrolled in a degree program at least half-time as a law, graduate or undergraduate student, or have successfully completed a law, graduate or undergraduate degree within the 12 months preceding the application deadline. Statistical analysis skills are particularly needed.

Interested applicants should have:

- Demonstrated leadership in progressive and/or LGBT communities.
- Knowledge of and commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues.
- Desire to work in a multi-cultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation and physical ability is an important institutional value.
- Extensive skills in research, writing and critical thinking.
- Computer proficiency in word processing, database work, email and Internet research.

Applications must include:

1. Cover letter outlining the applicant's interest and background, if any, in public policy affecting LGBT people

2. Resume

3. Contact information for three references

4. A brief writing sample (maximum 5 pages)

Applications must be received by March 12, 2004. Please mail application packages to:

Policy Institute Fellowship Program
NGLTF Policy Institute
214 W. 29th Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Do not fax or e-mail your information. No telephone calls please.
The Vaid fellowship is highly competitive.
We will contact you if we desire an interview, and all applicants will eventually be contacted.


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the political power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from the ground up. We do this by training activists, organizing broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and by building the organizational capacity of our movement. Our Policy Institute, the movement’s premier think tank, provides research and policy analysis to support the struggle for complete equality and to counter right-wing lies. As part of a broader social justice movement, we work to create a nation that respects the diversity of human expression and identity and creates opportunity for all. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., we also have offices in New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Cambridge.