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LGBT Scholarships Around the World

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A growing number of scholarships aimed at supporting members of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community are becoming available. While LGBT scholarships are relatively common in some countries, such as the US, they’re rare or unheard-of in other countries. So this type of funding may or may not be available, depending on your intended study destination.

For an overview of some of the scholarships for LGBT students currently on offer, check out our country-by-country breakdown below. Bear in mind that some schemes require you to be a resident or current student.

LGBT scholarships to study in the US

  •  – LGBT scholarships open to all students, anywhere in the world, who have not yet graduated from high school and expect to attend college or university in the US. 
  •  – Scholarships for current and future leaders in the LGBTQ and straight ally community from Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
  •  – Scholarships for LGBT students entering their first year at an institution of higher learning in the US or Canada. You must be a US citizen to apply.
  •  –  Scholarships for LGBT students or active allies of the LGBTQ+ community, to support undergraduate or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
  •   – A large scholarship-granting organization aimed at supporting LGBTQ students, assessed on academic merit.
  •  – LGBT scholarships for Minnesota residents or students who are enrolled in a post-secondary academic program in the state.
  •  – Student grants for graduate students to conduct research which encourages the study of LGBT family psychology and LGBT family therapy.
  •  – Provides awards for those who identify as LGBTQ or as a straight ally.
  •   – A good resource for searching for LGBT scholarships and other funding opportunities by state.
  •  – Open to LGBTQI US citizens or permanent residents currently enrolled as undergraduates at US universities, who plan to study abroad.
  •  – A foundation that focuses on the important needs of the LGBT community, particularly in New York, and provides scholarships that offer unique learning experiences and opportunities.  
  •   – Awards scholarships to LGBT students in the health sciences in the US.
  •  – Provides support for gay men who want to further their education at a college, university, or through a vocational or professional training program.
  •  – Provides up to $3,000 tuition assistance to an LGBT student of color who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community. The is also available for LGBT students.
  • – Awards three $10,000 scholarships each year to graduating LGBTQ high school seniors in the Tri-State area (New York, Connecticut or New Jersey).

Read about 10 of the most LGBTQ-friendly universities in the US >

LGBT scholarships to study in Canada

  •  – A scholarship for LGBTQ and two-spirited students at the University of Alberta.
  •  – Bursary awards for LGBTQ and two-spirited students in any accredited post-secondary education program within the province of Alberta.
  •  – Scholarships for LGBTQ and two-spirited students who are in financial need and studying at any post-secondary institution in Ontario.
  •  – Scholarships for LGBTQ students enrolled at Canadian universities, who are also Canadian citizens or residents.
  •  – Open to secondary school students in British Columbia who are preparing to attend a university or college in Canada.
  •  – Two Student Leadership Scholarships available for LGBTQ students enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary program of study. You must be a Canadian citizen and demonstrate alignment with Start Proud’s mission, vision and values.

LGBT scholarships to study in Australia and New Zealand

  •  – Scholarships for young LGBTIQ people who desire to undertake full-time education at a public or private secondary school (final year) or public institution of higher education in Australia.
  • Monash Queer Leaders Scholarship – One scholarship is available to an Australian or Kiwi student who identifies as LGBTIQ and is enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Monash University. 
  • – Scholarships for GLBTI students enrolling in a full-time degree course at a recognized tertiary-level institution. Applicants must be New Zealand citizens or permanent residents, and have lived in New Zealand for at least the previous two years.
  •  – Gives away the youth courage award annually for exceptional students dealing with discrimination, and offers the chance for LGBTQ allies who apply to win $10,000 plus an opportunity to attend the National Conference for LGBT equality, and to be honoured on an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles or New York for Pride Week. 

Other LGBT scholarships:

  •  – A summer academic program in Mexico which connects students of various backgrounds and ethnicities and includes Spanish language training. Includes a Diversity Scholarship for ethnic minority and LGBT students. 
  •  – Provides scholarships for students who are actively involved in the LGBT community, have earned at least a private pilot certificate, and are enrolled in an accredited US college or university. It is not necessary to be a US citizen to apply. 

This article was originally published in August 2015. It was updated in July 2018.

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Written by Sabrina Collier
The Assistant Editor of TopUniversities.com, Sabrina edits and publishes articles which guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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My name is Hamid from Tanzania, I'm gay by gender orientation. I finished my diploma studies of Graphic design from college of film and multimedia here in Tanzania. Now I need support of full funded scholarship to help me to get Degree. I can't afford it my self because I depends on my self since my parents kicked me out because on my sexuality position. I also establish youth organization for LGBT people, called aids initiative, youth empowerment and development organization -AIYEDO. Please if you would like to support us you may contact with us. Please support LGBT community in Tanzania. May God help you for everything you offer he will add more and more. Thank you

Hi Hamid, we have a large selection of other scholarship listings you could browse from (for different countries and subjects) including a list of scholarships for African students. And you can get advice on how to find scholarships and submit strong applications here.

hi sabrina i am an senior high school student and i wanted to study in uk can you help me find a scholarship because im in need thankyou <3

Hi Sammie, we've listed scholarships to study in the UK here. Good luck with your applications! 

Good afternoon. Could you help me with the selection of the program. I will be happy with any program that will help me leave my country, where I regularly become a victim of physical and psychological abuse because of my orientation. I will be happy with any program that will help me leave this hell.

Hi sabrina my name is dhruv a transgender from india. I want to do my masters in business management but I am not a US citizen kindly help me out with scholarship programme because I am in need.

Hi Dhruv, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in the US and list of business scholarships around the world. Hope this helps you out :) 

hello miss sabrina i am lady boy from azad kashmir AJK please help me in finding scholarship.

Miss Sabrina. I want to apply for LGBT Scholarship to study sosial science postgraduate programme in UK or Nederlands (master and PhD Programme). I'm from Indonesia. Could you help to find any GAY Institution to cover my studies expenses.

Mis Sabrina i want to apply for LGBT scholarship but i am not citizen of that countries i don't know how to start, can you help me ?

i have diplom from Chinese language department, and also i know 4 other language like turkish,russian,english,persian. i want apply master for international studies or international relationship, but now i don't know how to start, and how to get LGBT scholarship. I will wait for your reply, thank you...

Mis Sabrina can you send me your email please?

Hi Ziyod, please see my comment here. :)

i have diplom from Chinese language department, and also i know 4 other language like turkish,russian,english,persian. i want apply master for international studies or international relationship, but now i don't know how to start, and how to get LGBT scholarship. I will wait for your reply, thank you...

Mis Sabrina i want to apply for LGBT scholarship but i am not citizen of that countries i don't know how to start, can you help me ?

Hello
i am Reziq From Palestine i am 21 , and i want to ask you if there's any LGBT scholarships to study Acting in Germany ?

thank you .

Hi Reziq, I'm not aware of any I'm afraid, however you can browse a range of general scholarships to study in Germany here. :)

Hi mam, i am currently doing my PhD in Cold Supply chain Management from Indian Institute of Technology , Delhi(IIT Delhi). I have completed my course work and want to do my part of my research in other foreign institute. Can you help me in this please.

Regards,
aman

Any kind of scholarship for Master's in Germany can anyone help me with this

Hi Balaji, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Germany. :)

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Any clues of some kind of this scholarships to study on Brazil?

Thanks!

Hi Javier, I don't know of any LGBT scholarships specific to studying in Brazil, but you can view a selection of scholarships to study in Brazil here. :)

Hello!
I'm from Iraq. Is there a scholarship for a master program with financial help included in civil engineering?

Hello,
I´m from Peru. I´m finishing my bachelor degree on December and I ´d like to pursuit a master´s programme with financial help included to study somewhere outside LatinAmerica. My target is to study in Europe. Is there any possibility?

Hi Maurico, I'm afraid there are no LGBT scholarships currently available in Europe, however we do have a list of scholarships to study in Europe. For more scholarships, please see our Scholarships to Study Abroad page – there are scholarships listed by region and country, as well as subject-specific and student-specific scholarships. Hopefully you can find one to suit you :)

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Is there any LGBT scholarships. For an Iranian gay in uk?

Hi Mohammad, I'm afraid there are no LGBT scholarships currently available in the UK, but hopefully this will change in the future! Despite this, we do have an article about general scholarships to study in the UK which I hope helps :)