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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

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

LGBT scholarships to study in Canada

  • University of Alberta Michael Phair Leadership Award – A scholarship for LGBTQ and two-spirited students at the University of Alberta.
  • The Imperial Sovereign Court of the Wild Rose – Bursary awards for LGBTQ and two-spirited students in any accredited post-secondary education program within the province of Alberta.
  • The Bill 7 Award – Scholarships for LGBTQ and two-spirited students who are in financial need and studying at any post-secondary institution in Ontario.
  • The LOUD Foundation – Scholarships for LGBTQ students enrolled at Canadian universities, who are also Canadian citizens or residents.
  • The Pride Education Network – Open to secondary school students in British Columbia who are preparing to attend a university or college in Canada.
  • Start Proud – 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

  • The Pinnacle Foundation – 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. 
  • GABA – 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.
  • ASB Unity Network and RainbowYOUTH Tertiary Scholarship – A scholarship for a New Zealand citizen whose volunteering work has made a valuable contribution to the New Zealand Rainbow community.

Other LGBT scholarships:

  • Crossing Borders – 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. 
  • The 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 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 October 2016.

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Mis Sabrina can you send me your email please?

Hi Ziyod, please see my comment here. :)

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.


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. :)


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


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. :)

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

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 :)

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 :)