- LGBT Research Centers and Graduate Programs
- Funding & Fellowship Opportunities
- Data resources
- Professional organizations supporting LGBT-related research
Programs with a focus on health
- Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Individuals’ Health and Wellness at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
This 15-credit certificate program brings a public health perspective to examine social, cultural, and individual factors that influence the health and wellbeing of LGBT communities. Students are trained in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs to improve health levels among LGBT populations as well as the conduct of intervention research, epidemiological research, and policy analysis to enhance the health and wellbeing of individuals related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity/presentation.
- Graduate certificate in LGBT Health Policy & Practice at George Washington University
The George Washington University graduate certificate program in LGBT Health Policy & Practice is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 program year. The certificate is a 12-credit, combined online/on-campus interdisciplinary program that trains medical and mental health professionals to better care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. A large number of our certificate students are enrolled medical, nursing, or other graduate mental health, public health and policy programs around the world. Others work in care settings or in policy organizations.
- LGBT Public Health Research Project at Boston University School of Public Health
The Public Health Research Project seeks to understand and disseminate information about the public health problems of the LGBT community through rigorous interdisciplinary scientific research and training.
- Lesbian Health and Research Center at the University of California, San Francisco
LHRC is dedicated to improving the health of lesbians, bisexual women, transgender people and their families through comprehensive programs of research, education and training, public events and community collaborations.
- Master of Public Health Program in Sexuality and Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
This interdepartmental program of the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health and the Department of Sociomedical Sciences, provides public health students with the conceptual and practical skills necessary to identify, analyze and address health issues connected to sexuality within the U.S. and a broader international context. These skills include the design, implementation and evaluation of policies, programs and advocacy efforts to enhance sexual health.
- PsyD/Master of Education in Human Sexuality at Widener University
The clinical psychology-education in human sexuality program is a partnership between the Center for Education’s human sexuality program and the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology within the School of Human Service Professions. The purpose of this program is to enhance the training in human sexuality for students in the PsyD program who might encounter client problems related to sexuality. The joint degree program prepares clinical psychology doctoral students to teach, consult, conduct research, and provide assessment and intervention services in a variety of settings in the area of human sexuality.
- Program in Human Sexuality at University of Minnesota
The Program in Human Sexuality is committed to increasing the human sexuality body of knowledge and promoting healthy sexual behavior through research, education, clinical services, and community outreach.
- Program for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health at Drexel University School of Public Health
The Program aims to develop multi-disciplinary research and theoretical innovations addressing the relationship between human health and illness and sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, race and class; advance, in collaboration with health care providers, the provision of comprehensive, high-quality health care services responsive to LGBT clients; develop curricula for educating and training professionals in the specific needs and experiences of sexual minorities and members of transgender communities; and advocate for the advancement of public health and the well-being of LGBT people through public policy.
LGBT programs that may include the study of health
- The Lesbian and Gay Studies Project of the University of Chicago Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality
LGSP coordinates graduate and undergraduate courses, provides research grants and dissertation-year fellowships to graduate students, co-sponsors the bi-weekly Gender & Sexuality Studies Workshop, and organizes research projects and conferences. It provides an interdisciplinary locus for Chicago faculty and graduate students who study the historical, cultural, and textual construction of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer identities, cultures, and politics.
- Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in Sexuality Studies at the Ohio State University
The GIS enables graduate students enrolled in graduate programs at Ohio State to enhance their regular course of study with 20 credit hours of course work in the field of Sexuality Studies. The program focuses on the social, historical, psychological, literary, legal, and political contexts in which human sexualities have been and are currently being expressed and theorized.
- PhD Minor in Human Sexuality at the Kinsey Institute
The Human Sexuality Program offers a doctoral minor of 15 credits from related interdisciplinary subject areas for students currently enrolled in a doctoral program at Indiana University. The program provides a basic yet broad overview of human sexuality. The behavioral, biological, cultural, and social components of sexuality are examined, including the study of the role of sexuality in the arts and public policy.
- Master of Arts in Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University
The program provides an integrative and comprehensive graduate degree for students interested in studying and working with issues related to human sexuality, sexuality education, research, and social policy. It offers an interdisciplinary curriculum in the study of sexuality, with particular emphasis on theory, research, and application.
- Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies
The Collaborative Program in Sexual Diversity Studies is a rigorously interdisciplinary program. Many of those who work within it engage questions of gender, ethnicity, race, Aboriginal status, (dis)ability, and class to highlight the importance of exploring their interaction with sexual differences. From home departments, students may take up questions from their own disciplinary or programmatic perspective, but explore it through the theoretical and methodological lens of sexuality studies.
- The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law
The Williams Institute advances sexual orientation law and public policy through rigorous, independent research and scholarship, and disseminates it to judges, legislators, policymakers, media and the public. A national think tank at UCLA Law, the Williams Institute produces high quality research with real-world relevance.
- The Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York
CLAGS is an interdisciplinary center dedicated to the study of historical, cultural, and political issues of vital concern to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and communities. By sponsoring public programs and conferences, offering fellowships to individual scholars, and functioning as an indispensable conduit of information, CLAGS serves as a national center for the promotion of scholarship that fosters social change.
- Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Minor at Cornell University
This interdisciplinary program offers courses that focus on issues related to sexuality. Areas of study include the history of homosexuality; the social constructs of gender and sexual identity; cross-cultural gay communities; the regulatory institutions of human sexuality; queer politics; lesbian and gay culture, representation, subjectivity, and sexual differences; and lesbian and gay literary theories. The minor is undertaken in conjunction with graduate study in other fields such as anthropology, psychology, or sociology.
- Graduate Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) Studies at the University of Michigan
Designed for students already enrolled in a terminal degree program at the University of Michigan, the Certificate in LGBTQ Studies consists of graduate course work totaling 15 credit hours. The Certificate, which can be combined with either a Masters or doctoral degree, aims to provide an interdisciplinary analysis of the function of sexuality, examine the processes by which sexual desires, identities, and practices are produced, and address sexuality in a way that consistently demonstrates its interconnections to gender, race, ethnicity, and class.
- Graduate Certificate in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies at Northern Illinois University
Available to any graduate-level student at Northern Illinois University, this interdisciplinary certificate fosters research and teaching related to sexual orientation and gender identity. Course work leading to this certificate includes study of sexuality and gender identity and their significance, through a systematic engagement with theories and methods in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies and their application in a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts. The certificate is recommended for all students interested in examining issues of gender and sexual orientation in order to incorporate such concerns into their scholarly work as well as to function as informed citizens and successful professionals in the 21st century.
- LGBT Studies at Yale University
Many Yale departments welcome students interested in LGBTS and queer theory, with the greatest concentrations at present in American Studies, History, and African American Studies. LGBTS and other Yale programs and initiatives provide support to graduate students from across the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the professional schools who are interested in LGBT Studies. LGBTS provides FLAGS research grants of up to $5,000 to support research by graduate and professional students. Yale does not offer graduate degrees in LGBTS, and students interested in studying LGBT issues at Yale should apply to one of its degree-granting departments. Questions about graduate programs and admissions procedures should be directed to departments rather than LGBTS.
- California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) Alliant International University, San Francisco Campus Doctoral Programs in Psychology
The Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs at CSPP in San Francisco offer extensive training in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) psychology. The doctoral programs have several core and adjunct faculty members whose primary area of scholarship and clinical work is LGBT clinical psychology. In addition, doctoral students have the possibility of doing one of their year-long clinical practica (field placements) at a LGBT mental health agency and completing their year-long psychology internship at a LGBT mental health agency. Students also have the opportunity to do research under the supervision of faculty affiliated with Alliant’s Rockway Institute, a national center LGBT research and public policy, headquartered on the San Francisco Campus.
- The Summer Institute on Sexuality, Society and Culture in Amsterdam
The annual Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Universiteit van Amsterdam, is an intensive four-week summer program which focuses on the study of sexuality across cultures and is taught by an international faculty team.
- National Sexuality Resource Center Summer Institute at San Francisco State University
The NSRC Summer Institute at San Francisco State University is a four-week intensive program focused on sexuality. Led by an interdisciplinary team of experts in the field of sexualities, this program provides a unique opportunity for scholars, students and professionals to explore contemporary research and practice, develop networks in the field, and apply new knowledge in their work. The Summer Institute emphasizes–but is not limited to–the role of North American cultures and policies in shaping contemporary sexualities. The Institute offers a variety of registration options to provide the most beneficial training opportunity to undergraduate students, beginning graduate students, and advanced graduate students (PhD candidate level). Participants receive academic credit through San Francisco State University
- International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Psychology Summer Institute at the University of Michigan
A collaboration between the Departments of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan,
the Summer Institute is a week-long residential program in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Institute provides a
unique venue for an intensive exchange of ideas among senior, junior and graduate student scholars located
across LGBT psychology. Faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and graduate students are invited to apply.
Fellowships and Grants for Postdoctoral Research
- Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Training Program
CAIR’s postdoctoral research fellowship training program is a National Research Service Award (NRSA) training program that is supported by the National Institute of Mental Health. Three postdoctoral fellows are accepted every other year for a two-year period of training.
- HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Psychiatric Institute / Columbia University Department of Psychiatry
The Behavioral Sciences Research in HIV Prevention National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral research training program provides intensive training in human sexuality research as applied to HIV prevention and HIV-related health interventions.
- Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) of the University of California, San Francisco Fellowships
Trains scientists for academic and public health careers by offering two- and three-year postdoctoral fellowships in studies relating to the prevention of AIDS.
- Williams Institute (UCLA School of Law) Sexual Orientation Public Policy Research Fellowship
Supports fellows with career interest in public policy research and writing on sexual orientation.
- Williams Institute (UCLA School of Law) Sexual Orientation Law Teaching Fellowship
Supports fellows with career interest law teaching.
- Williams Institute (UCLA School of Law) Summer Fellowship
The Williams Institute Summer Fellowship program provides a stipend to allow a current law student or recent law school graduate to work for a national lesbian and gay rights organization. Examples of eligible placements include the summer internship programs of Lambda Legal, ACLU Lesbian and Gay Rights Project, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders (GLAD), the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, and similar national and local organizations. During the fellowship, students work on research projects and assist with on-going lesbian and gay civil rights cases.
- NRSA Behavioral Sciences Research in HIV (New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University)
A postdoctoral research training program that provides intensive training in human sexuality research as applied to HIV prevention and HIV-related health interventions. The major components are academic course work, the development of research and professional skills, and the conduct of independent research.
- National Institutes of Health
NIH provides a number of grant opportunities for researchers, some specifically focused on LGBT population groups.
- NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows
NIH provides several individual postdoctoral research training fellowships, included the F32, to provide support to promising Fellowship Applicants with the potential to become productive, independent investigators in scientific health-related research fields relevant to the missions of participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The program is not specifically focused on LGBT research.
- NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows
- NIH Career Development Awards (K)
NIH provides a number of post-doctoral career development awards at a variety of levels. Most of these awards support individuals that have accepted or are ready for a faculty position. The program is not specifically focused on LGBT research.
- Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Follow-up Research Starter Grants
The Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE) offers Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowships and Research Starter Grants in an effort to increase the diversity of researchers who participate in NSF programs in the social, behavioral and economic sciences and thereby increase the participation of scientists from underrepresented groups in selected areas of science in the United States. Postdoctoral fellowships and follow-up research starter grants support training and research in the areas of social, behavioral and economic sciences within the purview of the National Science Foundation. The program is not specifically focused on LGBT research.
Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students
- APA Division 44: Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues
Provides several small grants and scholarships for students.
- The Kinsey Institute John Money Fellowship for Scholars of Sexology
The fellowship is to support graduate students whose scholarly work would benefit from the use of library and archival materials at The Kinsey Institute for Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Applications are encouraged from all students enrolled in a graduate program in the United States and whose interests concern the history, politics, methodology of sexology and sexuality studies.
- Minnesota Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender Educational Fund List of Scholarships
The fund offers grants to LGBT students in Minnesota and also maintains a terrific list of scholarship opportunities for LGBT students and researchers nationwide.
- Point Foundation: National LGBT Scholarship Fund
Point Foundation provides financial support, mentoring, leadership training and hope to meritorious students who are marginalized due to sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Open to graduate students.
- Sarah Pettit Doctoral Fellowship at Yale University
This biennial fellowship provides a year of support to a graduate student, from an institution other than Yale, who is writing a dissertation in LGBT Studies, with lesbian studies particularly encouraged.
- Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality Student Research Grants
The society awards small grants annually to students who are doing human sexuality research. The purpose of the research can be a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, but this is not a requirement.
- National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grants
The National Science Foundation’s Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student’s university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Program is not specifically focused on LGBT research.
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters’ or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. Program is not specifically focused on LGBT research.
- NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards (NRSA) for Individual Predoctoral Fellows
NIH provides several individual predoctoral research training fellowships, including the F31, to provide support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The program is not specifically focused on LGBT research.
- NIH R36 Research Dissertation Awards (Multiple Agencies)
Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute on Aging, National Institute on Drug Abuse, and National Institute of Mental Health each support dissertation research projects with the R36 award mechanism. Each agency sets specific research areas and goals for their R36 programs. None of the programs are specifically focused on LGBT research. Search for “R36” on grants.gov to learn about the programs available.
Funding Opportunities at Graduate and Postgraduate levels
- Wayne F. Placek Grants of the American Psychological Association
Supports scientific research to increase the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and to alleviate the stress that gay men and lesbians experience in this and future civilizations. Applicants must be either doctoral-level researchers or graduate students affiliated with a educational institutions or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization. Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply.
- Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies Fellowships
Provides several fellowships to support LGBT research projects. Fellowship opportunities are extended to independent researchers, junior faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and artists.
- Lesbian Health Fund Grants
A program of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association established to define, study, and educate lesbians and their health care providers about lesbian health issues. Research goals include: determination of rates and risk factors for cancers and other diseases among lesbians, issues of access to medical care for lesbians, study of mental health concerns of lesbians and their families, definition and investigation of lesbian family issues, methodologic exploration of diversity in the lesbian population.
- Social Science Research Council Fellowships
SSRC fellowship and grant programs provide support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially
to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship. Although most programs
target the social sciences, many are also open to applicants from the humanities, the natural sciences, and relevant professional and practitioner communities. Most support from the Council goes to predissertation, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships, offered through annual, peer-reviewed competitions. SSRC does not currently have a specific focus on LGBT or sexuality research.
- Williams Institute Small Grant Research Program
The Williams Institute annually extends a request for proposals for small grant funding for research related to issues affecting the LGBT community.
- NIH R03 Small Grant Program
The program supports small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. Applicants may request a project period of up to two years and a budget for direct costs of up $50,000 per year. Doctoral students may apply for an R03, however support for thesis or dissertation projects is excluded. Many NIH Institutes and Centers participate in the R03 program. The program is not specifically focused on LGBT research.
- PRISM Data Archive
The Population Research in Sexual Minority Health (PRISM) Data Archive is a collaborative project of the Center for Population Research in LGBT Health and the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). The PRISM data archive project is a primary initiative of the Center. PRISM makes high quality datasets useful for analysis of issues affecting sexual and gender minority populations in the United States available researchers, scholars, educators and practitioners.
GayData.org serves as a no-cost, open-access clearinghouse for the collection of sexual orientation & gender identity data and measures. This site also provides knowledgeable analysis, commentary and expert “how to” information on gathering such data effectively in scientific surveys, questionnaires and studies. Collected and categorized here you will find numerous datasets and links to rich data sources that are essential to LGBT health research, researchers, students, advocates and anyone interested in scientific-based information about LGBT people and populations.
- Lesbian and Gay Archives and Libraries List for the United States
A compendium of LGBT libraries and historical archives maintained by GLINN.com
- Association of Queer Anthropologists of the American Anthropological Association (formerly the Society of Lesbian and Gay Anthropologists)
- American Psychological Association Division 44
- American Public Health Association Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Caucus
- American Sociological Association Section on the Sociology of Sexualities
- Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
- National Association of Lesbian and Gay Addiction Professionals
- National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
- Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
- Gay and Lesbian Medical Association