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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.

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.

Stephen A. Leiter Scholarship

Open to any student in any program who has demonstrated interest in international or cross-cultural affairs

Menlo Park Scholarship

Accepted in the Master of Divinity or the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies program. The Menlo Park Scholarship is not transferable. If you change degree programs or schools, you will forfeit your scholarship. Enroll for at least 12 Pasadena campus units in each of the fall, winter, and spring quarters. You will forfeit your scholarship if you do not enroll in the required type and number of units each quarter. Only classes taken on the Pasadena campus are covered by this scholarship. Distance learning, extension campus, and online classes are not covered by your scholarship. You must continue to demonstrate financial need and must complete a Fuller Financial Aid Application each year. You must maintain Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress. You must complete an online biography form each year and submit a picture to be shared with the donor.

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.

AAS CIAC Small Grants

The China and Inner Asia Council of the AAS is soliciting applications for awards of up to $2000. Scholars with special interests in China or Inner Asia are invited to submit proposals. Applicants must be AAS members, but there are no citizenship requirements. Junior and independent scholars, adjunct faculty, and dissertation-level graduate students are especially encouraged to apply. Applications are specifically encouraged in the following areas: (1): curriculum development at the college or secondary level (2): conferences and seminars

Michael & Marie Marucci Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication. The winner of this scholarship must be studying a foreign language or comparative literature; pursuing a degree in history, geography, or political science with a concentration in international studies; or majoring in any other discipline that involves study abroad. The winner's file must also show evidence of competence in a foreign language.

Chicano & Latino Studies Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Chicano and Latino Studies. 2. Must be undergraduate student. 3. Financial need is a must and the student must be a member of the Chicano and Latino Student Association. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Administrative Support Coordinator of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department ((562) 985-4644).

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.

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.

Julia Peyton Phillips Scholarship Fund

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student at Bryn Mawr College who is majoring in Latin, Greek, Classical Languages (both Latin and Greek), or Classical Culture & Society. Priority is given to those students with financial need who are majoring in the above subjects. In the event that Bryn Mawr College cannot identify a worthy candidate in the above majors, a History or English major with financial need will be selected.

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