Job Location: Remote
Position Type: Fellowship

About the Atlantic Council

Driven by our mission of “working together to secure the future,” the Atlantic Council promotes constructive leadership and engagement in international affairs based on the Atlantic Community’s central role in meeting global challenges. The Council provides an essential forum for navigating the dramatic economic and political changes defining the twenty-first century in order to adapt, revitalize, and defend the international rules-based order. Through the papers we write, the ideas we generate, and the communities we build, the Council shapes policy choices and strategies to create a more secure and prosperous world.

Our focus on results attracts an extended network of global citizens who join our community of influence. For heads of state and government, the Council is a powerful platform for connecting with a uniquely relevant audience. Businesses find a place for understanding our rapidly evolving world, its impacts on markets, and means to contribute to the public interest. For global strategists, we are a vehicle to navigate the trends shaping the future.  

The Council’s fourteen programs and centers work together in a way that mirrors how real policy is created: not in a vacuum, but in a collaborative effort that draws from a range of expertise to address multiple issues and steered by an over-arching strategy and worldview.

The Atlantic Council community believes that by working together, we can and should secure a better global future. Succeeding in our mission requires the hard work of building consensus, including rather than excluding partners, while also broadening awareness of our mission’s importance among the public and preparing a new generation of leaders to take up the mantle of fostering a better global future.


The Atlantic Council LGBTI in Foreign Policy Fellowship Program convenes and cultivates rising LGBTI professionals to be the next generation of foreign policy leaders. This first-of-its-kind program provides Fellows a leadership pipeline to become the next ambassadors, government officials, CEOs, NGO leaders and journalists in a foreign policy community that needs more diverse and talented voices. With the support and mentorship of the full community of LGBTI ambassadors and government officials who make up the Atlantic Council’s LGBTI Advisory Council, Fellows learn first-hand how to navigate their careers while also gaining expertise on issues facing the global community from experts and officials who are currently working to address the challenges facing the twenty-first century. The network, mentorship, and expertise gained from the program positions Fellows to have a greater impact on their current and future roles in foreign policy.

The Program

The program, for thirty mid-career LGBTI professionals under the age of 35, provides the tools necessary to become leaders in the foreign policy community, including expanded issue expertise to be better equipped to tackle the various issues facing the global community, a network of senior foreign policy allies supportive in their growth, and the mentorship and coaching from LGBTI officials who have successfully navigated the foreign policy community.

Fellows are directly connected with Atlantic Council board directors as well as ambassadors, members of Congress, NGO leaders, experts, and activists, through policy discussions and networking opportunities in a series of 7-10 off-the-record strategy sessions and master classes. Fellows also learn first-hand how to navigate their careers in government, policy, and business from senior leaders who have had successful careers while identifying as LGBTI.

The ten-month nonresidential and unpaid fellowship equip fellows with a deeper understanding of the critical issues facing the global community along with nonpartisan analysis on US policy and strategy. Sessions take place virtually and is open to professionals globally. Topics to be addressed cover a range of current global issues and could include:

  • The US Role in a Post-COVID World
  • Lukashenko vs. Democracy: Where is Belarus heading?
  • US Strategy and the Rise of China
  • What’s Next for US-Europe Relations in 2021
  • The Israel-UAE Deal – A Regional Gamechanger?
  • Uncovering Russian Aggression on the Eastern Flank
  • Combatting Disinformation and Election Meddling: From Latin America to Africa
  • Evolving Energy Demand and Resources: Risks & Opportunities
  • Challenges and Benefits to Financial Inclusion
  • The Future of the NATO Alliance and US-EU Partnership

The program is led by LGBTI Atlantic Council staff. Executive Vice President Damon Wilson chairs the fellowship program, and Director of Events and Special Initiatives Vicente Garcia manages the program. LGBTI Atlantic Council board directors provide financial support for the fellowship and participate in the programming. 

The Application

Applicants will be selected based on their education and work experience. They will also be selected based on the contents of their personal statements and how they display their personal and professional interest in foreign policy issues and current events. They will be held to the same standards to which all of our fellowship applicants are held. 30 fellows will be selected through a competitive process and must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Be an LGBTI professional currently working for a foreign policy or national security agency, organization, or company, or whose primary work responsibility is in foreign policy or national security, with at least 2 years’ experience;
  • Provide a 200-word statement of why foreign policy is important to you;
  • Provide a 200-word statement of why LGBTI engagement is important to the foreign policy community;
  • Provide a list of two professional references.

To apply, please submit your resume with your preferred pronouns, list of references, and two statements outlined above by Friday, October 16, 2020. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.