QVA provides internship and study abroad grants to highly-motivated LGBTQ+ students with financial need who have been offered an unpaid internship or study abroad program. Winners of this grant usually receive in the range of ~$500 to ~$2,500.
Current undergraduate and graduate students who attend the University of Virginia on a full-time basis can apply for a grant. Special attention is given to internships or study abroad programs that focus on advancing the LGBTQ+ community. Decisions will be based on academic achievements, financial need, essays, extracurricular activities, and demonstrated commitment to bettering the LGBTQ+ community at UVa and beyond. Recipients can re-apply for a grant one year after receiving a grant. Non-recipients may re-apply with an updated application each semester. Students may receive multiple different types of grants or awards within one year.
Awarded funds will either be applied directly to the student’s account by the Student Financial Services office or be sent directly to students. For questions about the grant application, or in cases of unexpected and urgent financial need, please email
To help us make a grant decision, we ask for your permission to work with Student Financial Services to understand your full set of aid. Please go to this website, https://virginia.academicworks.com/users/sign_in, complete Net Badge authentication, and click on “Sign In With Your Institution”. Then click on “My Applications” and complete the two-question General Application to release your records to us.
Grant Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.