Dreilinden scholarship for LGBTI activists

The German NGO Dreilinden gGmbH has granted the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University (ISS) a scholarship for capacity building in the area of decent work, social inclusion and sexuality discourses for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans- and intersexual (LGBTI) persons.

Dreilinden provides a scholarship for MA students from the Global South and East. The selected applicants will participate in the 2022-2023 ISS MA Programme in Development Studies, major Social Policy for Development (SPD).

Who can apply?

Eligible applicants are nationals of a developing or transition country and have a documented background in work for human/labour rights for LGBTI persons and/or social movements for sexual diversity.

We invite applications on the following three topics:

  1. How are inequalities based on sexuality (re)produced in school, the labour market, and the institutions (laws, social norms) that govern these spheres of life?
  2. How do ‘Western’ identity categories (LGBT) relate to the actual experiences and identities of people in different parts of the world, including migrants, in relation to sexuality, and what (problematic) effects do they have in terms of who is included and excluded, what are the conditions of inclusion (and who has the power to define those).
  3. How is sexual diversity understood (or not) in development policy and how does that change local discourses on sexuality or does it influence social movements around sexual diversity?

The scholarship covers all study-related expenditures, including the fee, travel, lodging, and meals, for the whole 15.5 month study period (September 2022 – December 2023).

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship, you must first apply to the ISS MA programme. You will only be eligible for the Dreilinden Fellowship if you have been admitted to the ISS, in the major Social Policy for Development.

Send in your application for the Dreilinden Fellowship to Dr Karin Astrid Siegmann (see contact details below). Your application should consist of the following three elements:

  •  motivation letter, engaging with one or more of the three topics mentioned above
  •  your CV
  • the admission letter for the 2022-2023 MA programme (SPD) from the ISS 

Please ensure that you provide evidence of your own LGBTI activism, because that is a requirement of the scholarship.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the Dreilinden-ISS Scholarship with a complete application for the SPD major is 1 April, 2022.

Contact details

Email address

For more information on the Dreilinden-ISS scholarship or to apply for the scholarship, please contact Karin Astrid Siegmann.

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