Resources for Students
While the following resources were gathering with prospective graduate students in mind, many of these resources also apply to prospective undergraduate students and astronomers on the job market.
College/University LGBTQ+-Friendliness Information
- Campus Pride Index: a national listing of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities
- The Best College ranking for LGBTQ+ students: top 25 most LGBTQ+-friendly schools
- LGBTQ college culture guide by Affordable Colleges Online
Resources for tracking state legislative environments and LGBTQ+-friendliness
Proposed bills and legislation in individual state governments that restrict LGBTQIA+ rights (including access to gender affirming medical care, bathroom use, and drag bans) have been on the rise. The following links provide more information from national organizations that track anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.
- The ACLU's map of state legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ rights
- The Human Rights Campaign's 2022 State Equality Index report
- Regional Reports from the Transgender Law Center
- The Movement Advancement Program's map of equality laws
Are you considering graduate school outside of the United States? These resources may help you choose an LGBTQ+-friendly location. Please remember that, just like the US, every country varies by region, with large cities generally more accepting than rural areas.
- Equalindex's world map of LGBTQ-friendly countries (this data is somewhat anecdotal)
- The Pew Research Center's 2020 report on "The Global Divide on Homosexuality Persists" includes a world map with LGBTQ+-friendliness rankings.
- UCLA's School of Law 2021 report on "Social Acceptance of LGBTI People in 175 Countries and Locations."
Financial Aid: LGBTQIA+ Scholarships and Grants
- Flagship Scholarship: A 4 year scholarship from The Point Foundation for LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students
- Out to Innovate's Scholarship: A financial award for LGBTQ+ undergraduate and graduate students.
- AAS's FAMOUS Grants: A financial award for astronomers from underrepresented minorities wishing to attend a AAS conference. The award aims to cover travel and lodging.
- AAS's International Travel Grant: While not aimed specifically at underrepresented minorities, the AAS International Travel Grant reimburses international travel fees for students at US colleges or universities attending an international science conference.
General Graduate School Application Information
While not aimed specifically at the LGBTQIA+ community, the following resources are generally useful for those considering a graduate education in astronomy.
Graduate School Application Fee Waivers
Most graduate school applications require a fee, between $50-150 USD per application, which can be a barrier for many applying to graduate school. Almost all graduate schools offer financial aid for application fees, called fee waivers. Each school has its own policy, so please review their websites carefully and contact the department administrator if you cannot find the information you need. It is important to note, requesting an application fee waiver should not be considered as part of your application and should not disadvantage your application in any way. In most cases, application committees are not permitted to know whether an applicant has requested a fee waiver or not. Some schools are unable to offer fee waivers to non-US applicants.
Graduate School Application Resources
- Astrobite's Guide to Graduate School
- AstroBetter's page for Success in Graduate School
- This spreadsheet for GRE requirements and admissions fees in US and Canadian Astronomy and Physics Programs. This spreadsheet can help you determine if a school requires you to take the Physics GRE exam.
For International Applicants
General Web Resources:
- Astronomy Outlist (list of LGBT astronomers and allies)
- Know Your Rights by the National Center for Transgender Equality
- How to join GLBTQastro email group
- AAS Anti-Harassment Policy now includes gender identity or expression and sexual orientation
- Astrodyke blog
- Women in Astronomy blog
- AAS Committee on the Status of Women in Astronomy
- AAS Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy
- Why sexism, racism, and other forms of oppression must be considered together (from Women in Astronomy blog, April 2012)
- Human Rights Campaign: Working for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equal Rights
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- Intersex Society of North America
Resources for Professionals
- Out to Innovate (formerly NOGLSTP: National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals)
- LGBT+ Physicists
- Google Group for LGBTIQQAP+ Physicists
- LGBT Physicists and Astrophysicists facebook page
- LGBT Workplace Issues for Astronomers, a poster at January 2011 AAS meeting (PDF)
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