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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.

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).

AIFS Diversity Scholarships

Two AIFS Diversity Scholarships for 50% of the program fee and round trip air fare are awarded, one per semester. Three runner-up AIFS Diversity Scholarships of $2,000 each are also awarded each semester. To be considered for the AIFS Diversity Scholarship, applicants must submit the scholarship application materials in addition to the AIFS study abroad application and the required application fee of $95. Please check the website for the application form.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies

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.

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.

George L. Graziadio Memorial Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Italian. 2. Must be an undergraduate or a graduate student. 3. Must a minimum 3.0 GPA. 4. Must spend a minimum of three weeks in Italy. 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.

The Frank Gilford Scholarship

Established in memory of Frank Gilford. One scholarship is available for qualifying students who wish to pursue an education in Jewish studies either locally, elsewhere in the United States or in Israel. Financial need and academic merit will be considered. Education level: Jewish undergraduate and graduate students GPA: 3.0 Undergraduate Test Scores: SAT1000 or ACT24 Graduate Test Scores: GRE v540 q640 a600 or GMAT v32 q35 or equivalent Areas of involvement: Jewish studies, camps, trips, retreats and organizations. Community/civic activities. School-related activities. Hours enrolled/semester: 12/undergraduate, 9/graduate. Giving primarily to Texas.

Congressional Research Grants

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States. The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant. What kind of research projects are eligible for consideration? The Center’s first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. The Center also encourages proposals that link Congress and congressional leadership with the creation, implementation, and oversight of public policy. Proposals must demonstrate that Congress, not the specific policy, is the central research interest. See website for more information.

James B. Pearson Fellowship

Recipients must be Kansas residents. Established by former Kansas Senator Pearson to encourage graduate students from Kansas public universities to experience the global perspective gained from study abroad. Preferences given to applicants whose studies are directly related to foreign affairs. The average stipend provided is $2,445. Awards are subject to availability of funding. Applications also available from graduate school offices

Aldo Moro-David Colin Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Italian. 2. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student. 3. Must have a minimum 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 Romance, German, and Russian Languages and Literature Administrative Support Coordinator ((562) 985-4318) for more information and an application form.

Bruce Gelsinger Endowment

College of Social Sciences - History This scholarship is designated for students in the field of European History, with particular consideration to medieval history or Scandinavian Studies, including Iceland. Must have an overall GPA of 3.0, and a GPA of 3.5 in major.

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