Steven J. Schochet Endowment

Photo of previous Schochet Endowment Associate standing in front of Bruiniks Hall

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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


Applications for 2020-2021 Schochet Fellowship are due March 26, 2021.

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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 2021–22 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 2020. Preference will be given to applicants who have passed written and oral preliminary exams by March 15, 2021. (Nominee may be registered for program coursework in spring 2021, 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


summer 2021 details coming soon



The Steven J. Schochet Endowment for Queer & 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.

Faculty and graduate students employed during the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 academic years are eligible to apply for the funds.

One award of $5,000 or two awards of $2,500 will be granted as salary for the proposer(s).

Please see the attached Call for Proposals for more details. Applications are due April 17, 2020.

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