The Institute of Current World Affairs is accepting letters of interest until June 15 for a two-year independent writing fellowship abroad from candidates interested in examining challenges facing global LGBTQ+ rights and the local experiences of LGBTQ+ people and other minorities.

The fellow would be based in one of the following possible regions: Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Francophone Africa or Asia (especially China, Taiwan or Singapore).

The fellowship is named in honor of David Mixner, an American political activist and writer best known for his work in international human rights and LGBTQ+ rights advocacy. He has led efforts to prevent and fight HIV/AIDS across the globe for more than 40 years.

The Mixner fellowship is sponsored by ICWA Trustee Fabrice Houdart; Barilla North America; Kristen Anderson, former Barilla North America chief diversity and inclusion officer; Steven Guy; Terrence Meck; Rob Smith and ICWA Trustee Catherine Rielly.



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The ICWA fellowship

The Institute of Current World Affairs has advanced American understanding of international cultures and affairs for nearly a century by sending outstanding young professionals abroad to study countries, regions and globally important issues. Fellows gain deep knowledge of societies through ICWA’s unique two-year cultural immersion fellowship, which gives them time and resources to explore the world through self-designed programs of study, thought and writing. They have gone on to become some of this country’s leading journalists, scholars, diplomats, activists and businesspeople.