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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tadeusz Sendzimir Fund

Provides scholarships to students, preferably of Polish descent, who are studying Polish language, history or culture. Two types of scholarships are available: 1) Academic year awards of up to $5,000, to support ongoing studies at an accredited college or university in the United States or Poland. 2) Summer program scholarships of up to $3,000, to support summer studies abroad at an academic institution/university in Poland.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Scholarship

Scholarship is provided to students who are enrolled at CSUSB in a minimum of twelve (12) units for undergraduate students and eight (8) units for graduate students, have and maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the undergraduate level or 3.25 at the graduate level, highest preference will be given to students who express an interest in the study of Indian culture, finance, policy, government and/or infrastructure. Students seeking to renew scholarships will be asked to demonstrate - through course work, individual instruction, and the topics of research papers - their focus on the subject areas outlined above. The most recent awards averaged over $2,000 each.

Black Studies Student Scholarship Fund

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring or minoring in Black Studies. 2. Must be a junior student. 3. Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in major/minor classes and a minimum 2.7 GPA in all classes. 4. Majors must have completed at least 24 units in Black Studies and minors must have completed at least 18 units in Black Studies. 5. Must be enrolled full-time. 6. Must write a 1-2 page essay discussing educational and career goals and what to do upon graduation. 7. Must be actively involved in the local African American community on or off campus or both. 8. Financial need is not a criteria. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Administrative Support Coordinator of the Black Studies Department ((562) 985-4624) for more information and an application form.

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.

Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Fund for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies

Criteria: * Student must be a U.S. citizen or permanent Resident. * Student must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. degree, except the dissertation itself. * Student must have proficiency in a Jewish language adequate for pursuing an academic career in their chosen field. The amount of the grants is typically between $8,000 - 10,000. Fellowships are granted for one academic year and are normally given for the final stages of completing the dissertation. Application: www.jewishculture.org/doc_diss/jewish_scholarship_dd.html Further information: Phone: (212) 629-0500 ext. 215 E-mail: Grants@JewishCulture.org

Kate B. & Hall J. Peterson Fellowships

AAS Short-Term Fellowships provide support for one-to three months' residence in the Society's library at stipends of $1850 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 on any topic supported by the collections. Stipends derive from the income on an endowment provided by the late Hall J. Peterson and his wife, Kate B. Peterson. This fellowship is awarded to individuals engaged in scholarly research and writing - - including doctoral dissertations - - in any field of American history and culture through 1876. 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.

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