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.

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.

King Olav V Norwegian-American Heritage Fund

Any American, 18 years of age or older, who has demonstrated a keen and sincere interest in Norwegian heritage and/or any Norwegian, 18 years of age or older, who has demonstrated an interest in American heritage, and who now desires to further the study of their heritages at a recognized educational institution (arts, crafts, literature, history, music, folklore, etc.) is eligible to apply for a scholarship. HOW ARE THE WINNERS SELECTED? Final selection of the scholarship winners will be made by a scholarship committee appointed by the President of the Sons of Norway Foundation. Notification of the award will be made within 10 weeks of deadline. Award decisions are based upon the following criteria. CRITERIA • Essay • Academic potential/grade transcripts (ACT/SAT) • Benefit to Sons of Norway and wider Norwegian/American community • Involvement in school and community activities • Two letters of recommendation • Financial need HOW DO I APPLY? Online at While filling in the online form, the applicant will be asked to write an essay, setting forth in 500 words or less how this cross-cultural study will enhance your current field of study and/or career choices and how you will share this experience with Sons of Norway or wider audiences. Applicants should also state how their course of study will benefit their community and be in accord with the goals and objectives of the Sons of Norway Foundation: • Promote Improved International Relationships • Provide People-to-People Enrichment Programs • Promote Culture Exchange • Promote Humanitarian Causes Two letters of recommendation, describing the character and abilities of the applicant, must be emailed from the original source to by the application deadline. Finally, applicants must submit an “official copy” of their latest high school or college grade transcript. HOW MUCH IS THE AWARD? The Sons of Norway Foundation Scholarship Committee will determine each year the number of scholarships to be awarded. The range is typically $1,000-$1,500. A student may be awarded a maximum of two scholarships within a five-year period.

Mary Isabel Sibley Fellowship

Candidates must be unmarried women between 25 and 35 years of age who have demonstrated their ability to carry on original research. They must hold the doctorate or have fulfilled all the requirements for the doctorate except the dissertation, and they must be planning to devote full-time work to research during the fellowship year that begins September 1. Eligibility is not restricted to members of Phi Beta Kappa. For the study of Greek language, literature, history, or archaeology.

The Walter and Reba Dilworth Scholarship Fund

This fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Reba Dilworth to assist School of Intercultural Studies students who intend to return to their country of origin to communicate the Gospel more effectively to those of their own culture.

George L. Graziadio Memorial Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Italian. 2. Must be an undergraduate or a graduate student. 3. Must a minimum 3.0 GPA. 4. Must spend a minimum of three weeks in Italy. 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 Administrative Support Coordinator ((562) 985-4318) for more information and an application form.

ISF-ICCNC Scholarship

ISF supports Islamic organizations and mosques by planning and managing scholarship programs to students of their community. ISF is honored to host the scholarship program of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, ICCNC. The ISF-ICCNC Scholarship program is only open to members and individuals affiliated with ICCNC. Description and Eligibility: ISF accepts online applications once a year starting in December for a period of three months. Each Eligible Applicant Must Be: Muslim and active member of the Muslim Community; Attending an accredited university in the U.S.; Majoring in an ISF supported field of study; Maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; A Citizen or Permanent Resident of the U.S.; An undergraduate (junior/senior) or of graduate standing.

International Doctoral Scholarship for Studies Specializing in Jewish Fields

The purpose of the Foundation's Doctoral scholarship program is to help train qualified individuals for careers in Jewish scholarship and research, and to help Jewish educational, religious, and communal workers obtain advanced training for leadership positions.Who Is EligibleAny graduate student specializing in a Jewish field who is officially enrolled or registered in a doctoral program at a recognized university and who has had his/her dissertation approved is eligible to apply. The applicant must submit documentation of theuniversity’s approval no later than November 15th.Grants are given for one academic year. They can be renewed, upon submission of a new application and supporting documents, up to a maximum of four years.


The Anne and Benjamin Goor Prizes in Jewish Studies are awarded annually to two graduate and two undergraduate students for essays on research in any area of Jewish studies. Creative works are not eligible. The essays must have been written after the previous year's submission deadline and must have been written while the authors are registered students in good standing at the University of California at Berkeley campus. For those years in which one or more prizes are not awarded, the prize money shall be made available for prize augmentation or additional prizes in another year, as recommended by the judges. For complete information read the General Rules. Prize Amounts. Approximately $475 will be awarded for each of the four prizes. Prize awards are coordinated with the winner's financial aid package for those winners receiving financial aid. Deadline. Submissions must be hand-delivered by the author to the Undergraduate Scholarships, Prizes and Honors Office, 229 Sproul Hall. The author's name must not appear on the entry.

CBA Archaeology Research Stipends

The Catholic Biblical Association will award three $3,000 stipends for archaeological research, renewable for a second season. The conditions for application are as follows: Applicants must be active or associate members of the CBA, and may be either full-time students working toward the doctorate (or S.S.L.) in biblical studies or related areas or have received the doctorate (or S.S.L.) in these areas. They must have been accepted, at least provisionally, for a specific, high quality dig and be without means to finance their participation. They must submit a description of the area of inquiry they intend to pursue in conjunction with the dig or at least a description of what they expect to learn. They must submit names of two professors who will write in support of their application. Those who receive awards will be expected to report to the Chair of the Archaeology Committee on their participation after their field experience. Materials submitted will be evaluated by the CBA Archaeology Committee (James W. Flanagan, Chair, William J. Fulco, Steven L. McKenzie, Paula M. McNutt, and Richard J. Sklba).

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.

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