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.

Dr. George Papanicolaou Hellenic Heritage Graduate Research Grant

The purpose of the grant is to encourage Hellenic studies from the classic period through the eighteenth century. This grant is currently projected to be a minimum of one thousand dollars ($1,000). Candidates must meet all of the following criteria: • Candidates must be of Hellenic ancestry; • Candidates must be affiliated with an accredited university in the United States; • Candidates must be graduate students or Post doctoral fellows; • Candidates must be engaged in research directly related to Hellenic Studies, including, but not limited to: archaeology, history, arts and culture (theater arts, language, anthropology, etc.)Note: This grant is not applicable to either tuition or living expenses.

American Society for 18th Century Studies Flwps

For research on projects related to the American eighteenth century. The award is jointly funded by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and AAS. ASECS membership is not required of applicants; awardees who are not already members must join. This fellowship supports research on projects related to the American eighteenth century. 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 or $1,350 per month including housing in the Society's Fellows' Residence Length of Term One to two months Eligibility: Doctoral candidates may apply Application: To apply, complete an application form online. You will also need to attach the following materials to your application form: Current CV Description of your proposed research project (no longer than two double-spaced pages) One-page bibliography of relevant secondary literature List of other sources of funding for the project Two letters of recommendation are also required. Please ask your referees to speak to the research proposal at hand--if possible, please do not use general placement dossier letters. Letters should be submitted electronically to Cheryl McRell, Program Administrator at AAS, at

Sidney and Hadassah Musher Publication Prize

Awarded every other year (year ending in odd number) Sidney and Hadassah Musher Publication Prize for a doctoral dissertation relating to Jewish Life in Israel or America: 1880 to the Present -The National Foundation for Jewish Culture announces the Sidney and Hadassah Musher Publication Prize. The prize will provide $4,000 toward the publication of a PhD dissertation relating to Jewish life in Israel or America from 1880 to the present. Applicants must have completed their dissertations and have a commitment for publication from an academic or university press.

Dissertation Research Grant

Criteria: * Ph.D. candidate investigating any aspect of southern Jewish history $750 grant for dissertation research. Entries will be judged by an independent committee of scholars. The winner will be announced prior to the Southern Jewish Historical Society

Betty Hansen Continuing Education Grant

Applicants must: 1. Be a Danish Sisterhood member in good standing with the sponsoring lodge. Must be a member for a minimum of one year prior to application deadline. 2. OR be the daughter or son of a Danish Sisterhood Member as listed in requirement 1. 3. Scholarships are awarded for study commencing in the fall of the current year. 4. Be enrolled less than a full time student. a. At an educational, accredited, approved school. b. In a course, workshop, seminar, language class relating to the Danish culture or heritage. 5. A grade point average is not required. 6. Continuing Education Grants are awarded for courses of study, which begin in September of the current year and end prior to August 31 of the following year. (First grant beginning through January and second grant February through August.) Note: If course has already been completed, reimbursement for the actual cost will be made.

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.

The American Research Center in Egypt

ARCE administers fellowships for study in Egypt by students enrolled in doctoral programs at North American universities and by post-doctoral scholars and professionals affiliated with North American universities and research institutions. Depending on the source of funding, fellowships are granted for periods of between 3 and 12 months. Funding sources are as follows: The United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) fellowships for doctoral students and post-doctoral scholars; minimum term: three months The National Endowment for the Humanities: fellowships for professional and post-doctoral scholars; minimum term: four months. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation. The Kress Fellowship in Egyptian Art and Architecture is available to doctoral students of any nationality enrolled in a North American university. Term: 12 months. The William P. McHugh Memorial Fund. A grant of $600 given to a doctoral student from any nation to encourage the study of Egyptian geo-archaeology and prehistory.

Armenian Professional Society of the Bay Area

Criteria: 1. Must be a junior or higher. 2. Must have at least a 3.2 GPA. 3. Must have substantial involvement in Armenian affairs. 4. Must be interested in Armenian studies, music, fine arts, literature, cinematography, journalism, and teaching. Contact Information: Students in applying for this scholarship should view 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.

Giovanni Colao Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must have a focus on Italian language and literature. 2. Must be a sophomore, junior or senior. 3. Must have a 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 Administrative Support Coordinator ((562) 985-4318) for more information and an application form.

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