Foreign Cultures Scholarships

The scholarships listed under the heading of foreign cultures represent a range of funding opportunities for those that want to pursue ethnic and gender studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. If you want to study indigenous peoples or if your interests lie in the arenas of sexuality, inequality, racism or class issues, then this might be the major for you. Continue reading below to find out more about this exciting field and also the foreign cultures scholarships that are available.

As a college major ethnic and gender studies is about understanding the connections between cultures and peoples as much as it is about celebrating the singularity and achievements of people, races and nations. These interdisciplinary majors feature coursework from across a range of academic fields, including history, language arts, comparative religion, anthropology, political science and art history. A sampling of the some of the more popular concentrations within this major would include:

African-American studies – Here you'll study the history of North American peoples of African descent. You'll learn how to take highly charged historical and cultural issues and place them in a socio-political framework so as to better understand and interpret them.

Asian studies – In this major you'll receive a comprehensive exposure to Asian language and culture. Most programs focus on a specific geographical area (Japan, Southeast Asia, Tibet). Other programs design their studies to function as a comparative exploration of the entire region.  

European studies – With this broad field of study you'll examine the people, cultures, history and societies of European civilization. Concentrations that are generally available include international relations, regional studies and the study of historical periods, like the Renaissance.

Women's studies – Majors in this field look at the role of women in all areas of life. This wide ranging field can also be found under the name of gender and sexuality studies or feminist studies. Women's studies programs are offered in a variety of formats with a host of concentrations so be certain to research your program carefully.

The degree programs listed above represent a very small amount of the overall offerings to be found at the college level. These areas of study can lead to a number of interesting career paths. Some students in ethnic and gender studies decide to continue their research at the graduate level. Others go in to vocational areas such as teaching, social services, business and health services.

To continue exploring available foreign culture scholarships click on the links below. 

The Michael I. Sovern/Columbia University Affiliated Fellowship

This fellowship, awarded by the Provost of Columbia University, was established by the Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and Friends of Columbia University in honor of Michael Sovern's chairmanship of the Academy board from 1993 to 2005. It enables a member of the Columbia community to spend six weeks in residence at the Academy.

AIFS-HACU Scholarships

The purpose of the program is to provide up to $50,000 in scholarships for outstanding Hispanic students to study abroad with AIFS. This special scholarship will be available to students attending HACU member schools. To find out more about HACU, visit . Scholarship winners can study for a semester (Fall or Spring) on any AIFS program. Awards/Eligibility: Students will receive scholarships of up to 50% of the full program fee. Students must meet all standard AIFS eligibility requirements. Awards will be made by AIFS in conjunction with its Advisory Board.

The Marie A. Dornhecker Foundation Scholarship

The Marie A. Dornhecker Foundation is offering scholarships for the purpose of promoting the study of the French language and culture in Virginia. Applications are currently being accepted and will be considered for one of up to twenty (20) grants, not exceeding two thousand dollar ($2,000.00) per grant, to be awarded for the upcoming academic year. Applicants must be Virginia residents having a permanent address within the Hampton Roads area, and are either graduating high school seniors entering an accredited college or university in the Fall or current full-time students enrolled and registered in an accredited college or university. Applications will be evaluated based on the applicant’s past academic performance, financial need, and the ability to communicate through a scholarly essay to be submitted with the application.

Institute for Humane Studies (HIS)-Humane Studies Fellowship

Award Amount: Up to $12,000 Requirements: Available for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad. Open to students interested in the classical liberal tradition.

Loewenstein-Wiener Summer Fellowship

Available to ABD's (all but dissertation requirements completed) or post-doctoral candidates for one month of research or writing at the American Jewish Archives during the stipend year. The stipend is $1,000 for ABD's and $2,000 for post-doctoral candidates. Applicants must be conducting serious research in some area relating to the history of North American Jewry.

Armenian Professional Society of the Bay Area

Criteria: 1. Must be a junior or higher. 2. Must have at least a 3.2 GPA. 3. Must have substantial involvement in Armenian affairs. 4. Must be interested in Armenian studies, music, fine arts, literature, cinematography, journalism, and teaching. Contact Information: Students in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, The

Criteria: 1. Must pursue a discipline of graduate studies in the traditional humanities: Anthropology (cultural only), Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, Critical Theory, Cultural Studies (all areas), English Literature, English/Creative Writing (creative dissertation only), Ethnic Studies, Ethnomusicology, Film Theory, Foreign Language & Literature, History, History of Architecture, History & Philosophy of Mathematics, History & Philosophy of Science, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies (main focus of program must be an eligible field), Linguistics (cultural only), Music History & Theory, Philosophy, Political History / Philosophy / Theory, Religion / Religious Studies (academic only not for pastoral ministry), Rhetoric or Women

NIAF Scholarships

The National Italian American Foundation has a $1,000,000 education budget. They will award scholarships to outstanding students in the spring for use during the following academic year. The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit and divided between two groups of students. Category I: Italian American students who have outstanding potential and high academic achievements. Area of study: open. Category II: Those students form any ethnic background majoring or minoring in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field who have outstanding potential, and high academic achievements. To be considered for a NIAF scholarship, a student must meet the following criteria: * Be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education for the upcoming fall semester; * Have a grade point average of at least 3.25 (or the equivalent); * Be a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien; * Fit into one of the two scholarship categories; * For the purposes of the NIAF Scholarship Program, to be Italian American the student must have at least one person in his/her ancestry who has immigrated form Italy. ** No immediate family members of the NIAF Board of Directors, Regional Vice-Presidents, Area Coordinators, or Staff are eligible for NIAF Scholarships.

Ethel Marcus Memorial Fellowship

Applicants must be conducting serious research in some area relating to the history of North American Jewry. Typically, fellowship awards will be awarded to post-doctoral candidates, Ph.D. candidates who are completing dissertations, and senior or independent scholars.

Narae Mochizuki Fund

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Foreign Languages The fund is intent to provide transportation for students, who will not otherwise able to afford it, to study in Japan. The areas of study would be limited to Japanese literature, language, culture or arts.

Rozsi and Jeno Zisovich Jewish Studies Scholarship

General Purpose: To provide scholarships to help Jewish or non-Jewish students who hope to pursue careers which will include teaching the Holocaust to future generations to pursue collegiate and/or graduate studies in Holocaust education. Criteria: Financial need. Geographic Limitations: San Francisco, San Mateo, northern Santa Clara, Marin and Sonoma counties.

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