Steven J. Schochet Endowment

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About the Steven J. Schochet Endowment

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment provides funding to support academic initiatives in LGBTQIA Studies at the University of Minnesota. Named for U of M alumnus Steven J. Schochet, the Endowment hosts lectures and symposia, highlighting important work being done in LGBTQIA Studies at the University of Minnesota and beyond. The endowment also directly supports research by offering a full-year Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies, for PhD candidates at the University of Minnesota. 

About Steven J. Schochet

Steven J. Schochet was a student at the University of Minnesota in the late 1950’s. As an openly gay man, he received harassment from students, faculty and staff members. Steven was threatened with expulsion from the University due to his sexual orientation and, in order to continue his education, was required to undergo psychotherapy to “turn him straight.” 

After achieving success in the computer industry, Steven bestowed a generous endowment to the University of Minnesota's Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (formerly the GLBTA Programs Office) in 1996. He called the endowment a “gift of accountability.”  By this Steven did not mean to reward the University, rather hold it accountable for its actions. The goal of this endowment is to improve campus climate for all LGBTQIA-identified students and to ensure that no student at the University receives the same, poor treatment that Steven did.

History of Steven J. Schochet Endowment

Funding Opportunities


Steven J. Schochet Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Queer, Trans, and Sexuality Studies


Check back soon for 2021-2022 application information.


Applicants are eligible for the Schochet Interdisciplinary Fellowship in Queer, Trans and Sexuality Studies if they:

  • Are enrolled at a University of Minnesota campus during the 2022–23 academic year as a graduate student.
  • Pursuing research in the areas of queer, trans, and/or sexuality studies.
  • Will have passed the written and oral preliminary examinations and will have completed all program coursework including thesis credits by the end of spring semester 2022. Preference will be given to applicants who have passed written and oral preliminary exams by March 15, 2022. (Nominee may be registered for program coursework in spring 2022, but may not have any incompletes in program coursework at the time of nomination).
  • Are making timely progress towards the completion of their degree.



Course Development & Enhancement Grant in Queer& Trans Studies



The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for Queer and Trans Studies invites proposals for the creation of new courses in queer, gender, and sexuality studies, or for significant enhancement of existing courses in these fields. New or enhanced course proposals will work to meet the needs of the current context (i.e social. historical, and/or political) by addressing gaps in content knowledge areas.


University of Minnesota Twin Cities faculty and graduate students employed during the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 academic years are eligible to apply for funds.

Proposed courses must a) demonstrate a clear impact, b) be integrated into departmental curriculum, and c) not replicate existing courses in other University of Minnesota departments. 


Steven J. Schochet Queer, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Award:

One (1) award of $2,500 will be granted to the proposer(s) for new or enhanced course in queer, gender, or sexuality studies.

PIPSM Award for Queer and Trans Sexual Health:

One (1) PIPSM-designated award of $2,500 will be granted to the proposer(s) for new or enhanced course in queer and trans sexual health, queer and trans healthy relationships, and/or queer and trans sexual violence prevention.



Please check back soon for application materials


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