When I can I apply?

The application is open now and until May 15th for the Rainbow Leaders cycle 4.  The training is available in English.

What is the cost of the training?

All expenses, including tuition fee, international travel, insurance, food, lodging and visa fees are covered by the scholarship, at no cost for participants. Costs that must be covered by each participant are: domestic travel in your country to get to and from the international airport of departure for Sweden, and costs related to your visa application: travel costs and other costs (visa fee itself will be reimbursed).

Who can apply to the training?

For each training, 22-25 participants will be selected. 70 % will be from target countries:

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru.

For this particular initiative Zambia and Zimbabwe are also target countries.

30% may be from non target countries, that are DAC countries (any country listed here).

Young leaders, special provision:

At least 4 participants in each training will be under the age of 27.

Read more here.

How were the target countries selected?

Rainbow Leaders are part of the Global LGBT Human Rights Partnership, a partnership between USAID, Sida, Astraea, RFSL and corporate partners. Target countries were selected by USAID to maximize the potential of the outreach of the entire partnership.

The partnership countries are:

Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, India, Kenya, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru.

For this particular initiative Zambia and Zimbabwe are also target countries.

When will I know if I was accepted?

Selected applicants will be notified by July 1st. If you have not heard from us by July 1st, you have not been selected.

As a leader, I am so busy all the time – how is the training organised in Sweden, is there any time to do  my regular work?

The training is full time, and requires each leader’s full participation. All classroom activities are mandatory, and only those who participate in all sessions, will be able to obtain the training certificate after finishing the full program.

– Schedule in Sweden:

Mondays-Fridays will be scheduled between approx 9am-5 pm. Optional social activities take place 1-2 times a week, on evenings and weekends.

– Unscheduled hours:

Each week will have 3-6 hours of unscheduled daytime, so called “office time”. During these hours, participants can attend to the most pressing and urgent concerns at their home offices.

If this is not enough time, participants will have to make room for work during evenings and weekends.

If your work load is too heavy, and there is not enough support for you to leave office and committ fully to the training for the full three weeks, unfortunately – you are not a suitable candidate for the training.

Where will the training take place?

In Stockholm, week 1 of 3 is held at a countryside resort far from the city center. During this week (from you arrive until Friday of the first week) there is no opportunity to get into the city, or to shop for anything, so selectees will be advised to bring all supplies, except food of course! (i.e. bring cigarettes, toothpaste and any other cosmetic/hygiene articles).

Week 2 and 3 of each training is held at in Stockholm City. The hotel is a 10 minute walk from the conference venue.

Place and other details of the follow up week will be announced at a later date.

What can I expect as a participant?

An intense and advanced training program, focused on enabling leaders to build capacities over a long period of time. The program spans over 3 months, with 3 weeks in Sweden and 1 week in another country at the end. During the time inbetween, you as a leader apply your new knowledge and methods, with the support from your mentor group. At the follow up, you report on your progress, challenges and successes.

Attending the program means your full commitment for 4-5 months. The 3 + 1 weeks of classroom activities are full time, and require your full attention. Regarding the time in between, it’s more up to you how much effort you put in to applying your new skills, and working to develop them further. Continous contact (1-2 times a month) with the mentor group is expected and required.


    • rainbowleaders

      No, you can only attend Rainbow Leaders once. If you attended another training program arranged by RFSL e.g LGBT and Human Rights International Training Program, you can still attend Rainbow Leaders.

  1. Cicer

    I am from Myanmar (Former named Burma). A initiative Leader and activist of Human Rights and LGBTIQs Rights promoting. Can Ii apply this program? Our country is not target country of your program. But I’m very insteresting to involve this program because of less information and capacity building on LGBTIQs people around the our country and if I would be selected the program might be helpful to our necessary .

    • rainbowleaders

      Hi! Thank you for your question.
      You are very welcome to apply even though your country is not a prioritised one. 30 % of participants are chosen not from target countries.

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