Task Force announces new LGBT Fellows Program at the Policy Institute

June 10, 2008

Roberta Sklar, Communications Director
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Application deadline is August 5

WASHINGTON, June 10 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is now accepting applications for its 2008–2009 LGBT Fellows Program at the Policy Institute, a leading think tank on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues. This new fellowship program — made possible by a generous grant from the Arcus Foundation — is designed to put the best independent and academy-based thinkers to work on pressing LGBT movement issues.

“At a time when our opponents spend millions of dollars each year developing their next generation of leaders, the Task Force is very aware that the progressive movement cannot stand idly by and simply hope that our own innovative leaders will emerge,” said Policy Institute Director Jaime Grant. “The Arcus Foundation’s generous support is allowing us to actively invest in the next generation of LGBT-focused progressive thinkers who will help shape our movement and policy conversations for many years to come.”

The fellowship offers full-time support for two researchers of color at different career stages. The junior scholar will be a newly minted Ph.D. or someone in the early career stages who remains untenured. Appropriately qualified independent researchers may also be considered. For the senior scholar fellowship, the Policy Institute is seeking a more advanced independent researcher or someone who is in an advanced non-tenured or tenured university position.

Fellows’ projects will serve to advance the Policy Institute’s primary goals of (1) equipping grassroots leaders with essential tools in the struggle to gain LGBT political power and (2) creating new movement conversations and perspectives that lead to innovative strategies and fresh possibilities for change-makers. The application deadline is Aug. 5.

In the coming year, the Policy Institute will release a major report on discrimination against transgender and gender nonconforming people and a comprehensively revised version of its unique report, Outing Age, which examines challenges facing LGBT elders.

Previous Task Force fellows and interns have not only gone on to positions with progressive powerhouses like People for the American Away and the American Civil Liberties Union, but also seen their work published by the Policy Institute and disseminated widely. Recipients of the 2008–2009 LGBT Fellows Program fellowships will also have high-level opportunities to see their work both published and disseminated to a broad audience.

Get more fellowship details and download the application.


The mission of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force is to build the grassroots power of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. We do this by training activists, equipping state and local organizations with the skills needed to organize broad-based campaigns to defeat anti-LGBT referenda and advance pro-LGBT legislation, and 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.