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.

California State University, San Bernardino Association of Latino Faculty, Staff and Students

The association annually provides approximately $4,000 in scholarships to students who have evidenced an interest in Hispanic cultures. These are administered by the Association of Latino Faculty, Staff And Student. A separate application is required which is available in the Financial Aid Office. The minimum GPA is 2.5. Students should check with the Financial Aid Office regarding the application deadline.

Ducelia Cobb Contreras Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Chicano and Latino Studies. 2. Must be junior or senior student. 3. Must plan to participate in a study abroad program to better learn Spanish or Portuguese. 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).

Austro American Association of Greater Boston Scholarship

The Austro-American Association of Boston is offering a scholarship of $1500. From all the applications received by April 1, the scholarship committee will chose a winner who best fulfills the requirements outlined below. An in-person interview may be requested.The focus of the work must be Austrian culture. Project areas may include: * History * Literature * Art * Architecture * Folk Customs * Music * Contemporary Life. All undergraduate, graduate students, and junior faculty at New England colleges and Universities are eligible to apply. There is no application form - applicants should submit the following information: * a detailed project proposal, including the reason for selecting it * curriculum vitae * two confidential letters of support from faculty members who know the applicant well and can comment on the feasibility of the project. The winner must be willing to offer a presentation of the project at an event of the Austro-American Association. For inquiries or submissions please contact the chairman of the scholarship committee: Prof. Thomas HansenDepartment of GermanWellesley CollegeWellesley, Mass.

Clementina & Joseph Coccia, Sr. Scholarship

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.

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).

Narae Mochizuki Fund

College/Department: Humanities & the Arts - Foreign Languages The fund is intent to provide transportation for students, who will not otherwise able to afford it, to study in Japan. The areas of study would be limited to Japanese literature, language, culture or arts.

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.

Fellowship in Roman Studies

Applicants must be American citizens affiliated with a North American institution of higher learning and must demonstrate academic competence and submit a detailed proposal for their work. There is no minimum age or degree requirement, but it is expected that the work proposed will lead to publication and teaching. The work undertaken may or may not be in pursuit of a higher degree, but preference will be given to those seeking advanced degrees.

Fritz Halbers Fellowship - Leo Baeck Institute

Criteria: * For students enrolled in a Ph.D. program at an accredited institution of higher education and whose research projects are connected with the culture and history of German-speaking Jewry. The fellowships consist of an award, not exceeding $3000, to be determined according to the requirements of the project. The fellowship should be used by the end of the year in which it was granted. Support for travel or family members is not available. The fellowships will be announced in January. Application: Further information: Leo Baeck Institute 15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011 Phone: (212) 744-6400 Fax: (212) 988-1305 E-mail:

Undergraduate Academic Scholarships

The Lyford Cay Foundations offer scholarships generally worth $7,500 per annum each. The selection criteria are weighted as follows: Academic merit 35% Financial need 35% Caliber of proposed college or university 10% Field of study 10%

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