Gay/Lesbian Studies

Queer studies, sexual diversity studies, or LGBT studies is the study of issues relating to sexual orientation and gender identity usually focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, queer, questioning, intersex people and cultures.

Originally centered on LGBT history and literary theory, the field has expanded to include the academic study of issues raised in biology, sociology, anthropology, the history of science, philosophy, psychology, sexology, political science, ethics, and other fields by an examination of the identity, lives, history, and perception of queer people. Marianne LaFrance, the former chair of the Larry Kramer Initiative for Lesbian and Gay Studies at Yale University, says, "Now we're asking not just 'What causes homosexuality?' [but also] 'What causes heterosexuality?' and 'Why is sexuality so central in some people's perspective?'"

Queer studies is not the same as queer theory, which is an analytical viewpoint within queer studies (centered on literary studies and philosophy) that challenges the putatively "socially constructed" categories of sexual identity.

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Matching Gay/Lesbian Studies Colleges

Cornell University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $52,612 average out-state tuition; $52,612 average in-state tuition

Mills College

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $44,765 average out-state tuition; $44,765 average in-state tuition

Hampshire College

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $50,030 average out-state tuition; $50,030 average in-state tuition

Hobart William Smith Colleges

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $52,345 average out-state tuition; $52,345 average in-state tuition

Sierra College

At least 2 but less than 4 years; Public; $6,168 average out-state tuition; $1,104 average in-state tuition

Harvard University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $44,990 average out-state tuition; $44,990 average in-state tuition

Denison University

Four or more years; Private not for profit; $49,310 average out-state tuition; $49,310 average in-state tuition

Scholarships for Gay/Lesbian Studies Majors

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Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship

Yale University - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies

$20,000 Varies See Details
 

Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship

Yale University - Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Studies

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$20,000

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Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women

Newberry Library

Up to $45,000 November 01, 2021 See Details
 

Monticello College Foundation Fellowship for Women

Newberry Library

award

Up to $45,000

deadline

November 01, 2021
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Minority Fellowship - American Sociological Association

American Sociological Association

$18,000 January 31, 2022 See Details
 

Minority Fellowship - American Sociological Association

American Sociological Association

award

$18,000

deadline

January 31, 2022
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Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant

American Psychological Foundation

Up to $8,000 November 01, 2021 See Details
 

Roy Scrivner Memorial Research Grant

American Psychological Foundation

award

Up to $8,000

deadline

November 01, 2021
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WW Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies

Institute for Citizens and Scholars

$5,000 October 15, 2021 See Details
 

WW Dissertation Fellowship in Women's Studies

Institute for Citizens and Scholars

award

$5,000

deadline

October 15, 2021
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Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

$2,000 Varies See Details
 

Sven Peterson Memorial Scholarship - UCSD

University of California, San Diego

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$2,000

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Humanities & Social Sciences Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

$1,000 Varies See Details
 

Humanities & Social Sciences Tiger Athletic Foundation Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

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$1,000

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Catherine F. Vuozzo Scholarship

University of Maryland, College Park - College of Arts and Humanities

$1,000 Varies See Details
 

Catherine F. Vuozzo Scholarship

University of Maryland, College Park - College of Arts and Humanities

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$1,000

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Broward Leadership Scholarship

Nova Southeastern University

$1,000 Varies See Details
 

Broward Leadership Scholarship

Nova Southeastern University

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$1,000

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Karl and Sue Roider Undergraduate Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

$500 Varies See Details
 

Karl and Sue Roider Undergraduate Scholarship

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, College of Arts and Science

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$500

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