A growing number of scholarships aim to support members of the LGBTQ+ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer) community.
This type of funding may or may not be available depending on your intended study destination.
For an overview of some of the scholarships currently on offer for LGBT students, see our country-by-country breakdown below. Note that some schemes require you to be a resident or current student.
LGBT Scholarships for USA
Pride Foundation –
Scholarships for current and future leaders in the LGBTQ+ community from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.
LEAGUE Foundation –
Scholarships for LGBTQ+ students entering their first year at an institution of higher education in the US. You must be a US citizen to apply.
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals –
Scholarships for LGBT students or active allies of the LGBTQ+ community to support undergraduate or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
The Point Foundation –
A major scholarship awarding organization aimed at supporting LGBTQ students, judged on academic merit.
Roy Scrivner Research Grants –
US$9,000 grant for graduate students to conduct research that encourages the study of LGBT family psychology and LGBT family therapy.
Human Rights Campaign Scholarship Database –
A good resource for finding LGBTQ scholarships and other funding opportunities from the state.
NMU ALLIES Scholarship –
Provides scholarships to full-time students with a superior academic record at Northern Michigan University.
Acorn Equality Fund – Scholarships for LGBT students attending any accredited, post-secondary educational institution. To be eligible, applicants must maintain permanent residence in the Acorn Equality Fund service area of downstate Illinois (all Illinois counties except Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will).
LGBT scholarships for UK
Affirmative Action for LGBT+ MSc Scholarships at the University of Edinburgh Business School
Jeremy Round LGBTQ Scholarship at the University of Hull – Three scholarships are available to students who identify as LGBTQ+, are not in their first year of study, have a household income of £25,000, or have a disability. not enough. Named in memory of cookery writer and journalist (and University of Hull alumnus) Jeremy Round, each £1,000 award will support students with study costs.
LGBT scholarships for Canada
Bill 7 Award – Scholarships are available to LGBTQ and bi-racial students who are in financial need and are studying at any post-secondary institution in Ontario. Applications for the 2023-2024 cycle open in April.
LOUD Foundation – Scholarships for LGBTQ students enrolled in Canadian universities, who are also Canadian citizens or residents. Applications open in November and close in January.
Lambda Foundation Scholarship in LGBT Studies – A $1,000 scholarship for the University of Guelph students who are preparing a thesis, research article, independent research project, or coursework related to LGBT studies. Preference will be given to those from the LGBT community.
LGBT scholarships for Australia and New Zealand
The Pinnacle Foundation – Scholarships for young LGBTIQ people aged 18 to 26, who wish to study full-time at a public or higher education institution in Australia, either public or private secondary school (final year).
Rainbow New Zealand – Scholarships for LGBTTQIA+ students enrolled in a full-time degree course at an accredited tertiary-level institution. Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents and have lived in New Zealand for at least the last two years.
First Nations Pride Scholarship – Worth up to $30,000, this scholarship offered by the University of elbourne supports an undergraduate or graduate student pursuing a degree in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music. Students must either identify as LGBTIQA+ or be of Indigenous Australian descent, or both.
Other LGBT scholarships:
Crossing Borders – A summer education program in Mexico that connects students of different backgrounds and ethnicities and includes Spanish language training. Includes diversity scholarships for ethnic minority and LGBT students.
National Gay Pilots Association Education Fund – Provides scholarships for students who are actively involved in the LGBT community, have earned at least a private pilot certificate, and attend an accredited US college or university. It is not necessary to be a US citizen to apply.