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.

The LGBTQ + Racial Justice Small Grants Program promotes three goals:

  • Generating sound research on LGBTQ populations, specifically those with multiple marginalized identities including LGBTQ Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC), that has a direct impact on law and policy.
  • Developing a better understanding of how laws and public policies impact the lives of LGBTQ BIPOC.
  • Translating and disseminating such research into forms (issue briefs, fact sheets, legislative testimony, etc.) that are frequently used to convey research to policymakers.

Awardees will receive a grant to support their research and will have the option to be mentored throughout their project by Williams Institute scholars. Work supported by the fellowship may be featured on the Williams Institute website and highlighted at Institute events.


Scholars from a variety of disciplines, including social sciences (e.g., economics, sociology, demography, social psychology), public health, law, and public policy, are encouraged to apply.

Graduate students and junior faculty interested in pursuing a career focused on intersectional issues impacting LGBTQ+ people and BIPOC are strongly encouraged to apply. Senior scholars and faculty interested in expanding their research agenda in this area are also welcome to apply.

Applicants (e.g., individuals, organizations, institutions) must have a U.S. tax ID.


We plan to fund three to seven projects in the range of $1,000 to $7,500 each. Funds can provide both salary support and costs associated with acquiring and analyzing new or existing datasets. Proposals that are part of larger research initiatives are also welcome. 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 May 19, 2021 through May 19, 2022.