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.

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.

Chinese Historical and Cultural Project Scholarship

College of Humanities and the Arts Must be enrolled in a program of study involving Asia or Asian Americans, such as the Minor in Asian American Studies, Asian Studies, or Asian History or a major that Permits an Asian emphasis. Students must be full-time, minimum GPA 3.0.

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.

Larry Matfay Cultural Heritage Scholarship

Award: $1,000; one recipient per year Deadline: June 1 Requirements: 2.5 GPA or equivalent Full-time student status Eligible Majors: Health Care Anthropology History Alaska Native/American Indian studies Rural Development Linguistics KEF eligibility requirements Applicants must be Alaska Native shareholders or descendants (may be adopted) of the Koniag Region. All applicants who are not currently enrolled in the Koniag, Inc. descendant or shareholder database must complete the descendant database form and submit the form to Shareholder Relations at Koniag, Inc. Please see form for details. For more information regarding the Descendant Database Form and enrollment shareholder ID’s, please contact or call (800) 658-3818. Applicants must be accepted to or enrolled in nationally, regionally, or municipally accredited, recognized institutions of higher learning or vocational schools. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors, high school or GED graduate, or have successfully completed one or more college, university or graduate school terms

Senior Research Fellowships

Founded to assist scholars in their study of all aspects of Indian history, culture and contemporary life, the Institute brings about 35 scholars to India every year. These are both American citizens as well as non-American citizens resident in the United States. Of the latter group, many are Indian graduate students studying for Ph.D. degrees at American universities. Many of them return to India, where they assume faculty positions at Indian institutions. In turn, many Indian scholars are invited by member institutions of the American Institute of Indian Studies to lecture or participate in conferences. The Institute then facilitates their travel arrangements and can use its network of scholars across the United States to organize programs of lectures. Available to scholars who hold the Ph.D. or its equivalent. Non-U.S. citizens are welcome to apply if they are teaching full-time at U.S. colleges and universities.

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.

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.


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.

AAS-Northeast Modern Language Association Fellowships

For research in literary history of America and the Atlantic World in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that can be supported by the collections of the American Antiquarian Society. The award is jointly funded by the Northeast Modern Language Association and AAS. Degree candidates are not eligible. NEMLA membership is not required of applicants; awardees who are not already members must join. 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. Stipend $1,850 per month

Frank Sugeno Research Award

The Episcopal Womens History Project encourages research and publication about the lives and work of women throughout the history of the Episcopal Church, including the period of the colonial Anglican Church. EWHP triennial gives the Frank Sugeno Research Award in the amount of $1000. Grants may be used for travel, the acquisition of research materials, or other research expenses. Proposals may focus on an individual Episcopal woman or on womens organizations, from the colonial period to the present. Projects involving the overseas activities of Episcopal women will also be considered. Previous grants have been awarded for a variety of projects, including the completion of a biography of the Rev. Gladys Lucile Hall, collection of primary texts for a documentary history of Anglican and Episcopal women in America, and identifying and researching pre-1950 murals created by Episcopal women. For more information, contact: Dr. Rima Lunin Schultz 320 N. Ridgeland Ave. Oak Park, IL 60302 e-mail:

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