LGBTI Global Small Grants Program

The Williams Institute’s Global LGBTI Small Grants Program is designed to encourage new empirical research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex populations in the Global South (Latin America, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East/North Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands) as well as amplify voices of researchers from those regions. The program also aims to strengthen research capacity among participants by supporting networking and knowledge exchange (including a colloquium to present research findings) and providing mentorship, where needed, from Williams Institute scholars.

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The Global LGBTI Small Grants Program promotes two goals:

  • Generate sound empirical research on issues impacting LGBTI populations in the Global South (Latin America, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East/North Africa, Asia) that impacts law and policy.
  • Strengthen the capacity of researchers from the Global South to further conduct rigorous, impactful research on issues impacting LGBTI populations through networking, knowledge exchange, and mentorship (as needed).

Applicants must submit a proposal describing the research project and its importance for law and policy impacting LGBTI people. Awardees will receive a grant to support their research, and work supported by the fellowship may be featured on the Williams Institute website and highlighted at Institute events.

  • Applicants must reside or work in the following regions: Latin America, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East/North Africa, Asia.
  • Senior and junior faculty from a variety of disciplines, including social sciences (e.g., economics, sociology, demography, social psychology), public health, empirical legal studies, and public policy, are encouraged to apply.
  • Advanced graduate students (Ph.D., J.S.D.) interested in pursuing research focused on LGBTI people, as well as experienced researchers unaffiliated with academic institutions or who work with civil society organizations, are also eligible to apply.
Topic Areas

Research projects are not limited to any particular topic or area of public policy, but they must be empirical in nature.

Sample projects include the following:

  • National survey of stress, health, and wellbeing of LGBTI people in Trinidad and Tobago
  • Study on the impact of legal gender recognition and other non-discrimination protections on discrimination and violence against transgender people in Argentina
  • Study of violence by law enforcement and other state/non-state security agents against LGBTI people in Morocco
  • Analyzing existing datasets by national statistical agencies with measures of sexual orientation or gender identity

We will fund projects with a budget of up to $5,000. Funds can provide both salary support and costs associated with acquiring and analyzing new or existing data. Proposals that are part of larger research initiatives are also welcome. Funds will be directly awarded to individual grantees and not through universities or other institutions. We cannot provide funding for indirect (or overhead) costs. Requests for travel funding should be limited to travel that is needed to carry out the research project. Project budgets should be for activities from June 15, 2021, through June 15, 2022. Applicants should consult a tax adviser on any potential tax liabilities stemming from an award of a small grant.


Completed proposals must be submitted to Ari Shaw, Director of International Programs ( by April 30, 2021. Project proposals will be assessed on the quality of the research design, the potential to impact research and policy, and the extent to which the project will advance the program goals of bolstering LGBTI research and researchers in the Global South. Proposals will be evaluated by a selection committee comprised of experts from outside the United States, Williams Institute scholars, and UCLA faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by May 30, 2021.

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LGBTQ & Racial Justice Small Grants Program

The Williams Institute’s LGBTQ & Racial Justice Small Grants Program aims to encourage new research on LGBTQ populations, with a particular focus on emerging issues at the intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The Program is designed to support work that will have a direct impact on law and policy.

We are no longer accepting proposals for the 2021 LGBTQ & Racial Justice Small Grants Program. Please check back in January 2022 to apply for the next grant cycle.