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Global Aggies Award for LGBTQIA+ Rights

The Global Aggies Award for LGBTQIA+ Rights encourages and supports UC Davis student global learning and engagement regarding the issues that LGBTQIA+ communities and individuals face around the world. This award provides students with funding to learn about and advance LGBTQIA+ wellbeing and rights globally, including through international, USA-based, or virtual activity.

The grant supports student involvement in research or creative work, internships/externships, or other projects that advance the rights and/or wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ people globally. This may include:

  • Student-driven research or creative activity with a global dimension that aims to support or explore LGBTQIA+ wellbeing and/or rights.
  • Collaboration with faculty on relevant research or creative activity.
  • Engagement in projects or internships with organizations that support LGBTQIA+ wellbeing and/or rights—these may impact a defined community or create resources supporting LGBTQIA+ people locally, in the United States, in other countries, or transnationally.
  • Student-developed independent projects focused on topics relevant to this award to be implemented while studying abroad.
  • And more!

The Global Aggies Award for LGBTQIA+ Rights award was established through the generosity of former UC Davis Provost and Interim Chancellor Ralph J. Hexter, along with his husband Manfred Kollmeier.

Meet our 2022 Global Aggies Award for LGBTQIA+ Rights Winners!

Project Examples

  • Collaborate with faculty on a literature review to support research investigating the experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming people in Sacramento area diasporic communities who have sought gender-affirming care.
  • Attend an international cultural gathering organized by LGBTQIA+ artists and musicians with the plan to share that experience through a video.
  • Join a team to help create gender-affirming, racially and sexually inclusive resources on LGBTQIA+ Asian and Pacific Islander (API) health in multiple languages.
  • Inform and participate in global LGBTQIA+ youth policy advocacy at the United Nations.

These are just a few project examples, if you want additional support brainstorming grant activities, please contact us.


  • Open to continuing UC Davis undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
  • Open to all majors and fields of study.

Note for graduate students: Please confirm you are eligible to receive funding outside of your department before applying. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Award Amount

  • Grants will range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $2,500.
  • Award amounts and total number of recipients will depend on the availability of funding, the size of the applicant pool, the specific budgets of the proposed activities, and the competitiveness of each proposal.

Award Timeline

  • Applications Open: December 6, 2023
  • Proposals Due: February 21, 2024
  • Grant Recipients Notified: By early May 2024
  • Grant Activity: May take place between June 1 – December 15, 2024

Application and Proposal Guidelines

Applicants should submit the following to be considered:

  1. A proposal addressing the prompts below:
    • A description of the proposed activity and how it meets the objectives of this grant; please highlight the global element of the proposed activity, especially if the activity is local (up to 750 words).
    • Relevant applicant background/experience with LGBTQIA+ wellness and/or rights issues (up to 500 words).
    • Brief background on any collaborating faculty, staff and/or organization(s); if you anticipate requesting additional support from Global Affairs (e.g., space, outreach/marketing), please indicate that here (up to 250 words).
    • Expected deliverable at the conclusion of the activity and a timeline of when you expect each project component will be completed (up to 250 words); and
    • An explanation of how the activity will advance LGBTQIA+ wellbeing and/or rights globally (up to 250 words).
  2. A budget and budget narrative that addresses each of the following:
    • Proposed budget of independent activities (materials, travel costs, etc.) or a statement of program fees/costs from a program provider (up to 250 words); and
    • An explanation of the costs, including how you plan to complete the project or project component with the funds awarded (up to 250 words).

Proposals must demonstrate an understanding of key issues facing LGBTQIA+ communities and individuals around the world and articulate how the proposed activity will result in a tangible deliverable that reflects the aim of this award. Proposed activities are expected to have a duration of at least two weeks of full-time engagement (25+ hours per week) or one month of part-time engagement (5-10 hours per week).

Global Aggies Award for LGBTQIA+ Rights Application - Overview Presentation

Award Projects

Award recipients will be expected to share a deliverable/complete a project highlighting their contribution to wellbeing/rights of LGBTQIA+ communities globally within two months of the conclusion of their activity.

Important Travel Information
If you anticipate utilizing the award funds for international travel, please review the UC Davis Travel Policy (UCD PPM, 300-32). Per UC Davis policy, all international travel on university business must be registered. Travel registration is an important risk management tool. If an emergency occurs in your travel destination, this is how your campus Risk Management will know where you are. You can pre-register travel through UC Away. Please see the UC Davis Travel Risk and Insurance site for further information. 

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