LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Scholarship programme

ILGA-Europe offers scholarships for activists who would otherwise be unable to participate in the conference for financial reasons. We are only able to offer a limited number of scholarships and therefore encourage you to seek funding in advance within your organisation or from available funding sources (e.g. Mama Cash, travel grants from local Open Society Foundations, local embassies, etc.).



Process and timeline

The scholarship process is launched on Tuesday 23 April and closed on Friday 7 June. During this time you can submit your scholarship application. In the weeks following ILGA-Europe will assess your scholarship application based on the established selection criteria. Applicants will be notified about the outcome of the selection process no later than by the end of June.

In order to allow more people to attend the Annual Conference, ILGA-Europe offers two types of scholarships:

  1. Full scholarship: This includes the coverage of participation fee, accommodation, travel and visa costs*
  2. Partial scholarship: This includes coverage of only part of the costs. ILGA-Europe will cover maximum two out of the three following cost categories: participation fee; accommodation or travel and visa costs*.

*Please note that you may be asked to book your travel in advance on your own and be reimbursed only after the conference.

We encourage applicants whose organisation is able to contribute to some of the costs usually covered by a scholarship  indicate this in their application form. For example, if your organisation can cover your flight ticket, but not the participation fee and your accommodation, then that still helps us to fly another activist to the conference who cannot afford this.

Based on the assessment of your application ILGA-Europe may decide to offer you only a partial scholarship, even if you have applied for a full scholarship. Please provide relevant information in the application form to help us assess your capacity to contribute to the costs of your participation.

Selection criteria

In assessing applications for scholarships ILGA-Europe will take into account the following:

  • ILGA-Europe are committed to ensuring outreach and accessibility for LGBTI communities in all their diversity. We give particular attention to diversity of representation from delegations to the Annual Conference – whether it is in terms of sexual orientations, gender identities and/or gender expression, sex characteristics, cultures, religions, linguistic, ethnic groups as well as in terms of age, disability, visual or hearing ability, health status, financial means and family composition/responsibilities or other identities.
  • We particularly welcome applications from activists belonging to groups which are under-represented within the LGBTI movement.
  • ILGA-Europe explicitly also welcome participants coming from regional branches or smaller members of your own networks.
  • Attending ILGA-Europe conferences is an important opportunity for activists to build their networks. Part of our mission is to expand our movements by providing opportunities to activists who have not been able to attend previous previously. To this end, 60% of the scholarships will be allocated to first-time attendees.
  • At the same time, we recognize the value of attending ILGA-Europe conferences more than one time. To this end, 40% of the scholarships will be allocated to recurring applicants.
  • In cases where there is more than one application from the same organisation that fulfils the selection criteria, we decide to grant only one scholarship. When applications receive the same scoring on criteria set-out here, we leave it to the organisation to nominate their representative.
  • Selected applicants will need to demonstrate how they contribute to the work of ILGA-Europe and to that of the LGBTI movement in their region (Europe and Central-Asia). Recurring applicants are expected to explain how they have used their participation in previous conferences in their work.

Exclusion criteria

  • Given ILGA-Europe's geographic focus, applications from activists living and/or working outside Europe and Central-Asia will not be considered.
  • ILGA-Europe prioritizes activists in granting scholarships. Other types of applicants, such as academics, journalists, representatives of corporate entities, medical professionals and representatives from mainstream human rights organisations are encouraged to seek other opportunities to cover their participation. Their applications will not be considered.