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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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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Wayne F. Placek Grant

American Psychological Foundation

$10,000 March 01, 2021 See Details
 

Wayne F. Placek Grant

American Psychological Foundation

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$10,000

deadline

March 01, 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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Vincent J. and Lorraine F. Feik Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

$2,000 March 13, 2021 See Details
 

Vincent J. and Lorraine F. Feik Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

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$2,000

deadline

March 13, 2021
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Robert T. and Charlotte F. Otten Scholarship

Calvin College

$1,800 February 01, 2021 See Details
 

Robert T. and Charlotte F. Otten Scholarship

Calvin College

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$1,800

deadline

February 01, 2021
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Asa Iokepa de Neeve Aloha Memorial Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

$1,500 March 13, 2021 See Details
 

Asa Iokepa de Neeve Aloha Memorial Scholarship

University of Colorado Boulder

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$1,500

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March 13, 2021
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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

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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

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Broward Leadership Scholarship

Nova Southeastern University

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Barbara Ann Kloss Scholarship

Union County College

$1,000 March 15, 2021 See Details
 

Barbara Ann Kloss Scholarship

Union County College

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$1,000

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March 15, 2021
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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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