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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.

School of Intercultural Studies Doctoral Scholarships

You must be enrolled in the School of Intercultural Studies Ph.D. or Doctor of Missiology program. You must maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress. You must enroll for a minimum of 16 units during the academic year, summer through spring quarters Your scholarship will be applied only to classes taken at the Pasadena campus. Distance learning, extension campus, and online classes are not covered by your scholarship and DO NOT count towards your enrollment requirement. One-half of the amount of your scholarship will be paid during the first quarter in which you enroll for 8 units or more of 700 or 800-level courses. The remaining half of your scholarship will be paid during the next quarter in which you enroll in 8 units or more.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Jewish Studies

Applicants for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must have completed all academic requirements for the doctoral degree except the dissertation. Applicants should demonstrate course work in Jewish Studies on the graduate level and must give evidence of proficiency in a Jewish language adequate for pursuing an academic career in their chosen field. Preference is given to individuals preparing for academic careers in Jewish Studies, although occasional grants are awarded to students in other fields of the humanities or social sciences who demonstrate a career commitment to Jewish scholarship. The amount of the grants is between $7 - $10,000. Fellowships are granted for one academic year and are normally given for the final stages of completing the dissertation.

AAS NEAC Korean Studies Grants

Research Travel - North America. Awards of up to $1,000, including a maximum of $100 daily expenses, are available to scholars who are engaged in research on Korea and wish to use museum, library, or other archival materials located in the United States and Canada. Primarily intended to support post-doctoral research. Pre-doctoral dissertation research will be considered. Short-term Research Travel to Korea. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to cover travel, research, and subsistence expenses on trips to Korea for projects explicitly related to Korean studies that can be accomplished in a relatively short period. These grants are intended for use by scholars who are already familiar with Korea and with their topic, but who need time in Korea in order to complete their work. Research Assistance. Small grants are available for a variety of scholarly needs that are not covered by other funding sources, such as research assistance and manuscript typing. These are very small grants of up to $500, intended to meet a broad range of small-scale research needs to which smaller academic institutions and outside funding agencies are not responsive.

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.

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.

Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

One or more fellowships will be awarded for an academic year (nine or ten months) in residence at the Society's library. Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply. The purpose of the fellowships is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope - that is, American history and culture through 1876 - is eligible. Applicants may come from such fields as history, music history, and other relating to America in the period of the Society's coverage. The fellow is obliged to give first refusal on the resulting manuscript to a new book series published jointly by Cambridge University Press and AAS.

Stephen Botein Fellowships

AAS Short-Term Fellowships provide support for one-to three months' residence in the Society 's library at stipends of $1,850 per month. Taken as a whole, AAS Short-Term Fellowships are open to individuals, including foreign nationals and persons at work on doctoral dissertations who are engaged in scholarly research and writing in any field of American history and culture through 1876. These fellowships are for research in the history of the book in American culture. Funding is derived from an endowment established by the family and friends of the late Mr. Botein. Doctoral candidates may apply. Criteria: Fellows are selected on the basis of the applicant's scholarly qualifications, the scholarly significance or importance of the project, and the appropriateness of the proposed study to the Society's collections.

Clementina & Joseph Coccia, Sr. Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Italian Studies. 2. Must be a junior. 3. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 4. Must use money for travel expenses. 5. Student must write a 3-page essay. 6. Student who is actively involved in community service is preferred. 7. Financial need is not a requirement. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Administrative Support Coordinator ((562) 985-4318) for more information and an application form.

Betty Hansen Continuing Education Grant

Applicants must: 1. Be a Danish Sisterhood member in good standing with the sponsoring lodge. Must be a member for a minimum of one year prior to application deadline. 2. OR be the daughter or son of a Danish Sisterhood Member as listed in requirement 1. 3. Scholarships are awarded for study commencing in the fall of the current year. 4. Be enrolled less than a full time student. a. At an educational, accredited, approved school. b. In a course, workshop, seminar, language class relating to the Danish culture or heritage. 5. A grade point average is not required. 6. Continuing Education Grants are awarded for courses of study, which begin in September of the current year and end prior to August 31 of the following year. (First grant beginning through January and second grant February through August.) Note: If course has already been completed, reimbursement for the actual cost will be made.

Aldo Moro-David Colin Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Italian. 2. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student. 3. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 4. Must spend time in Italy perfecting the Italian language. 5. Student must demonstrate intent to use the scholarship to further his or her knowledge of Italian language and culture. 6. Student who is actively involved in community service is preferred. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Romance, German, and Russian Languages and Literature Administrative Support Coordinator ((562) 985-4318) for more information and an application form.

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