As we launch into International Pride Month, it’s encouraging to see how the academic landscape is becoming more inclusive and supportive of diverse communities. Whether you’re a high school student dreaming of pursuing higher education or already enrolled in university, we’ve found some great scholarships for LGBTQIA+ students in Australia. Let’s take a look.
Understanding LGBTQIA+ scholarships
LGBTQIA+ scholarships are specifically designed to support and empower students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, or asexual. These scholarships aim to create more inclusive and diverse learning environments by easing the financial burden of education.
Aside from financial assistance, these scholarships offer a range of other benefits too. They provide recognition and validation to LGBTQIA+ students, fostering a sense of belonging within the academic community. Plus, they often come with mentoring programs, networking opportunities, and access to LGBTQIA+ support services, allowing students to thrive both academically and personally.
Scholarships for LGBTQIA+ students
Australia has some incredible scholarships tailored specifically for LGBTQIA+ students, including:
- The Pinnacle Foundation Scholarships: provides financial assistance, mentoring, and other opportunities for young LGBTIQ+ Australians.
- ANSTO LGBTQIA+ STEM Leadership Scholarship: these grants help to inspire more diverse young people to consider a career in STEM.
- University of Newcastle LGBTQIA+ Shaping Futures Scholarship: supports a student who identifies as LGBTQIA+ and who is managing study alongside challenging personal circumstances.
- Monash MRS Queer Leadership scholarship: provides students of diverse genders and sexualities the capability to afford accommodation on campus at Monash.
- University of Melbourne First Nations Pride Scholarship: financial assistance for Indigenous LGBTQIA+ students entering a degree within the Faculty of Fine Arts and Music.
Inclusive scholarships for all
While queer-specific scholarships are fantastic, don’t forget that many scholarships in Australia are open to all students, including LGBTQIA+ individuals. These scholarships assess applicants based on academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, leadership potential, and personal circumstances.
Embrace your journey
Applying for scholarships isn’t just about securing financial assistance; it’s about embracing your journey and celebrating your identity. Remember, you’re not alone — you can always reach out to mentors, counsellors, and support networks for guidance along the way.
If you’d like to find more scholarships, you can search our comprehensive database here.