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.
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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 foundation seeks to assist in the training of future Jewish scholars for careers in Jewish scholarship and research, and to enable religious, educational and other Jewish communal workers, to obtain advanced training for leadership positions. Scholarships are open to graduate students of any nationality who are specializing in a Jewish field and are officially enrolled or registered in a doctoral program at a recognized university. For more information, contact: Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture 15 East 26th St., Room 1703 New York, NY 10010 (212) 679-4074 www.mfjc.org
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.
A gift from Leona Denton, wife of Earl A. Denton, Chicago '29, inaugurated the Denton Scholarship Award. The award annually entails an attractive plaque and grant to a graduating senior or current graduate student in the field of International Affairs with an emphasis in World Trade, Economics, Business, or Political Science.
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.
Available to ABD's for one month of research or writing at the American Jewish Archives. Preference will be given to candidates from Eastern Europe or those working on a topic related to East European Jewry in the American context.
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.
This fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Beckmann 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.
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.
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.
Award Amount: Up to $12,000 Requirements: Available for undergraduate or graduate study in the United States or abroad. Open to students interested in the classical liberal tradition.
The awards are highly competitive. Any college senior who expects a degree or any college graduate who is a citizen or permanent resident in the United States may apply, as long as he or she is not and has not been enrolled in any graduate program leading to a Ph.D. degree. Applicants must be applying to a program leading to the Ph.D in a humanistic field. Eligible fields of study include: art history, classics, comparative literature, critical theory, cultural anthropology, cultural studies, English literature, ethnic studies, ethnomusicology, foreign language & literature, history, history & philosophy of mathematics, history & philosophy of science, humanities, interdisciplinary studies, cultural linguistics, music history & theory, philosophy, political philosophy, political theory, religion, rhetoric, women's studies. Minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply. Previously unsuccessful fellowship candidates may reapply. The prime objective of the Mellon Fellowships is to identify and encourage persons who are committed to teaching and have a broad vision of learning. High grade-point averages and high GRE scores are important but not the only measures of the excellence sought. Outstanding future promise, as attested to by faculty members, will be considered critical. The statement of interest in the field will also be read with great care, and candidates will be will advised to spend the time necessary to explain in this document their intellectual interests, hopes, and plans for the future. A writing sample of no more than seven pages is required. THE AWARDS: Eighty-five entry-level, one-year, portable merit fellowships will be awarded in the competition. Students should note that fellowships are for the first year of a Ph.D. program only and should plan to seek support elsewhere for subsequent years. Graduate schools are aware of the situation and can be expected to consider university support in the second and following years for those Mellon Fellows who have done well. Winners of Mellon Fellowships may take their awards to any accredited graduate school of arts and sciences in the United States and Canada. Each candidate is expected to apply to graduate school, in accordance with normal procedures, for admission to a program leading not only to the M.A. but also to the Ph.D. degree. Payment of the stipend will be made in two installments, the first in September, the second in January. Mellon Fellows are expected to carry a full course load. They may not accept supplementary awards or teaching assistantships during the nine-month academic year of the fellowship.
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