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Grant Opportunities: Williams Institute’s Global LGBTI Small Grants Program

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Deadline: 31-Aug-22

The Williams Institute’s Global LGBTI Small Grants Program is now open for applications to encourage new empirical research focused on LGBTI populations in the Global South (Latin America, Caribbean, Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East/North Africa, Asia, and 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.


The 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, Pacific Islands) 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).
Project 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:

  • 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
  • Other topics are welcome and may include (but are not limited to):
    • New methodologies in collecting data on sexual orientation, gender identity, or sex characteristics (or people with intersex conditions), including development of research instruments in local languages
    • Demographics and socio-economic characteristics of LGBTI people
    • Discrimination, including multiple forms of discrimination, against LGBTI people
    • Violence against LGBTI people
    • Economic and educational outcomes among LGBTI people
    • The effects of COVID-19 on LGBTI people
    • Access to services, programs, and government benefits among LGBTI people, including barriers to access
    • The effects of laws and policies on LGBTI people, including supportive (e.g., non-discrimination laws) and unsupportive (e.g., bans on access to gender affirming care) policies
    • Public opinion toward or among LGBTI people
    • Unique experiences and needs of trans+ people, people with intersex conditions, LGBTI youth, and LGBTI elders
    • Religiosity, religious exemptions, and LGBTI people
    • The experiences of LGBTI parents
Funding Information

They plan to fund projects with a budget up to $4,999.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Applicants must reside or work in the following regions: Latin America, Caribbean, SubSaharan Africa, Middle East/North Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands.
  • 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 (PhD, JSD) 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.

For more information, visit https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/programs/small-grants-program/about-our-grants/

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