LGBTQ+ Scholarships, Grants, Internships, and Volunteer Opportunities
The LGBTQ+ Office is working to provide a streamlined list of scholarships, internships, and volunteer opportunities. This is our current list for 2020, which will be periodically updated with new listings.
Levin-Goffe Scholarship for LGBTQI Immigrants
Awarding a total of $25,000 for up to two years of school, the Levin-Goffe Scholarship provides a measure of financial stability to undergraduate students who are both LGBTQ or intersex and undocumented immigrants. Eligible applicants are all those who:
Are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, or intersex;
Do not hold U.S. citizenship, a green card, or an F-1 visa;
Have a current, most recent, or cumulative GPA of at least 3.25;
Are enrolled at an accredited, nonprofit school in New York City; and
Have completed one academic year / are at least a rising sophomore
We welcome applications from refugees and individuals seeking or granted asylum.
Please note that all application information is kept confidential. In addition, applicants do not need to include any information they feel unsafe sharing (e.g., address).
For more information, visit:
Deadline: Applications available April 2020
Amount: Up to $25,000
Point Foundation Scholarship
Applicants must openly identify as LGBTQ and be attending a 4-year university or transferring to a 4-year university from community college. Factors of consideration include leadership and work ethic in the LGBTQ community and academic excellence.
For more information, visit:
Deadline: January 30, 2019
The Gay Asian Pacific Alliance Foundation Scholarship
The purpose of the GAPA Foundation Scholarship is to celebrate and reward outstanding scholar activists who are making a positive impact on the API and LGBTQ communities. High school seniors, undergraduate, graduate, and trade/vocational school students are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a strong history of activism within the API and/or LGBTQ communities; however, applicants do not need to identify as either to apply.
For more information, visit:
Deadline: Application will be live in the Spring
Amount: $1,000 - $5,000
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship
The Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship was established by Peggy Traub and Phyllis Dicker to encourage and support women-identified lesbians in their pursuit of higher education. This program provides one-year scholarships of $1,500 or $3,000 to those graduating high school or already enrolled in college in any year of study, including graduate school. Scholarships are paid directly to the recipient’s school and are applied toward tuition.
Applications are judged on:
- Academic achievement
- Outstanding community service and leadership
- Commitment to impacting LGBTQ issues
For more information, visit:
Deadline: May 10, 2019
Amount: Up to $3000
Kay Longcope Scholarship Award
This scholarship through the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association provides tuition assistance to LGBTQ students of color pursuing a journalism career to promote fair and accurate media coverage for LGBTQ people.
For more information, visit:
Deadline: TBD (check back in the spring for 2020-2021 application)
American Psychological Association: Bisexual Foundation Scholarship Award
Annual fund awarding up to $1,000 per award to selected graduate students to advance research on the psychology of bisexuality.
Deadline: March 30, 2020
Out to Protect
This scholarship provides funding for LGBTQ people enrolled in a basic law enforcement program, which can include police or sheriff’s academy, corrections academy or 911 dispatcher certification.
Deadline: May 29, 2020
Amount: $500 – $1,000
SpeakOUT Boston Scholarship
SpeakOUT Boston is a community of speakers working to create a world free of homo-bi-transphobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of our lives. Applicants must: be an undergraduate LGBTQIA+ student or prospective student entering college/university, live in New England, and hold a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Submit the required documents to email@example.com or via mail to: SpeakOUT, P.O. Box 301223, Boston, MA 02130.
Deadline: TBA (Usually Spring)
Grants for Integrating Research and Creative Activity into the Curriculum CRCA “Integration” Grants (internal)
Undergraduate participation in mentored research and creative activity are high-impact educational practices that increase student engagement, leading to greater success for the student, enhanced professional satisfaction for the faculty member, and ultimately to higher rates of student persistence, retention, and degree completion at the institution.
Amount: $1500- $2500 (up to $4000) per award per year
Deadline: DBT (previous deadline: Spring 2019)
RICochet Emergency Grant Fund
Its purpose is to assist students with financial emergencies so that they may remain in college and successfully graduate. Need-based grants of up to $1,000 will be made to cover such emergencies as educational expenses, health, housing, and childcare. Any matriculated RIC student who is enrolled in courses and in good standing with the college may apply. Exceptions to the enrollment criteria may be made during the add/drop period to assist students with lifting a Financial Hold on their account.
Deadline: Rolling Application
Amount: Up to $1000
National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) Internships
The National Center for Transgender Equality offers year-round unpaid internships for academic credit for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of policy and communications, and also offers year-round internships for law students.
Internships take place at the Washington, D.C. office.
Internships have flexible start and end dates. While internships are typically unpaid during the school year, during the summer NCTE offers a stipend to assist with living expenses in DC. NCTE can also work with a student's university to assure academic credit is received (if eligible for credit).
Location: Interns report to our national office in Washington, DC during regular business hours. Typically interns spend 15-20 hours per week during the spring and fall semesters and 40 hours per week during the summer.
Sojourner House Spring 2020 Internship Session
Our internship program is an educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students as well as individuals interested in building professional skills around domestic and sexual violence advocacy, safe house/shelter management, nonprofit management, event planning and marketing, and more!
Summer: April 15
Fall: August 15
Spring: November 30
Location: 386 Smith Street,
Providence, RI 02908
GLAD Legal Advocates & Defenders
Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation.
GLAD is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from transgender persons, people of color, and individuals with disabilities, including HIV. Internships include:
Special Events and Fundraising Intern - Summer
Graphic Design Intern
Public Affairs Intern
Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center
Internship opportunities vary depending on current projects; if you are interested in working in victim services and possess the maturity, empathy and professionalism to work with survivors, other service providers and the community, both in person and over the phone, please call us at (401)738-9700 to see if there are any positions available.
LGBTQ Victory Institute (Paid)
The Victory Congressional Internship is open to current undergraduate students of all genders, orientations, abilities, races, and political affiliations, including people with majors other than political science. The Victory Institute's Victory Congressional Internship is developing the next generation of our public leaders. Each summer, the Victory Congressional Internship brings outstanding LGBTQ college students to Washington, D.C., for an intensive leadership program and an internship with an LGBTQ friendly member of Congress. For questions or difficulties with submitting the application, please contact Sarah Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*The program includes a generous stipend, housing in DC, placement in a congressional internship and travel to/from Washington, as well as travel and registration to the International LGBTQ Leaders Conference in December 2020.
Location: Washington, DC
Deadlines: March 9, 2020
PROVIDENCE LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL
The Rhode Island International Film Festival (a production of the 37 year-old non-profit Flickers, the Newport Film Society & Arts Collaborative) presents year-round programming that celebrates the culture and art of the moving image through filmmaking and film-going experiences.
The mission of Day One is to reduce sexual abuse and violence while supporting and advocating for those affected by it.
Girls Rock Camp
Volunteering for camp is fun and rewarding, and there are flexible positions available for those with or without musical experience, for folks of all genders! Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age or older. New volunteers are required to do an interview with our volunteer coordinator. Please read the volunteer descriptions and fill out the volunteer application below to get involved and join the fun!
Black and Pink Providence
Black and Pink PVD is the Rhode Island volunteer-run chapter of Black and Pink. Black & Pink is an open family of LGBTQ and prisoners and “free world” allies who support each other. Our work toward the abolition of the prison industrial complex is rooted in the experience of currently and formerly incarcerated people. We are outraged by the specific violence of the prison industrial complex against LGBTQ people, and respond through advocacy, education, direct service, and organizing.
*Stay up to date by checking our Facebook page: (https://www.facebook.com/blackandpinkpvd/) and signing up for our mailing list (http://eepurl.com/dD_qtr) to be notified about events and advocacy efforts. You can also send an email to
email@example.com or write to us at Black and Pink PVD, PO Box 29444, Providence, RI, 02909. Please remember we are entirely volunteer-run and while we do our best to respond to everything, we may not get back to all email and mail immediately.
Youth Pride, Inc. primarily serves as a drop-in space. This means our youth are encouraged to utilize our space in whatever comfortable and respectful way they see fit. Our space has several video game consoles and two laptops. We have a Netflix, Hulu, and Spotify account that can be accessed on our main TV or the laptops. The kitchen is always stocked with snacks and easy to prepare meals (youth are supervised while cooking!). In addition to the many board games donated to us by Hasbro, we have a library filled with hundreds of LGBTQ literature to be borrowed and tons of arts and crafts supplies. The furniture in our space was donated by Cardi’s Furniture, and a lot of our youth enjoy lounging around chatting with friends and making new acquaintances! (May also have internship opportunities available)
Queer Transformative Roots
Queer Transformative Roots is a program striving to serve Queer and Trans People of Color in Providence. We value the experiences of queer and trans folks of color and aim to amplify our voices within the community. Currently, QTR is working on the Queer Community Housing Initiative, which aims to reduce QTPOC homelessness and combat housing instability in our city through the creation of a housing cooperative, while combating oppressive systems like gentrification, heterosexism, and capitalism.
We meet Monday evenings at 7:30pm and are excited to grow our QTR fam so drop by for delicious dinner, amazing company, and the opportunity to make a change in the beautiful queer community! For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
AIDS Project Rhode Island (APRI)
APRI is dedicated to providing a compassionate, nonjudgmental, and collaborative response to the needs of people living with, affected by, and at risk for HIV/AIDS. We are always looking for a few good volunteers! Volunteers at APRI provide important support to our clients and staff and ensure that we can deliver urgently needed services to our community. We often need additional support at our Afia Center for Health & Wellness and for our Buddy Program, which pairs volunteers with current clients who can benefit from social interaction with a friendly acquaintance. For more info:
If you are already a trained HIV tester who is interested in volunteering to provide HIV/STI testing to our clients, please contact:
https://www.familyserviceri.org/get-involved (select Afia Center for Health & Wellness)
Project Weber/RENEW is the merged organization of two programs providing a full range of harm reduction, recovery, and basic needs services to men and women, including the transgender community. We are looking for compassionate community members to support our efforts.
http://www.weberrenew.org/ (scroll down to volunteer form)