Research Scholarships

The scholarships listed under the heading of research pertain to a wide range of academic disciplines and fields. Here you can find scholarship money for investigating and research into fields as disparate as human sexuality, edible fungi and the Russian Empire. If you have something you'd like to research, then take a close look at these research scholarships and you may find things that surprise you. 

There are a few different educational pathways for students interested in research. Research and development management is one such program. Here you'll study how to manage projects, programs and organizations that are involved with basic or applied research. 

Another academic program available at the bachelor's degree level is research methodology. With a research methodology degree program, you'll study the various modes of design for research studies. You'll learn how to measure variables, analyze data and formulate models.

However, you needn't enroll in either of the above mentioned programs if you want to conduct research. Plenty of academic fields feature research as an integral component of the discipline. The biological sciences are a good example of such a field. In subjects such as biotechnology, genetics, molecular biology or entomology, there are a host of opportunities for conducting research. However, keep in mind that in many of these fields conducting high-end research requires a master's or doctoral degree.

Other majors that feature a large amount of research include many of the humanities. Areas such as history, linguistics and comparative literature all rely of research to further the understanding and awareness of their subject matter. These research opportunities are available at both the bachelor's as well as the graduate level.

Other academic fields that rely heavily on research are the social sciences. Subjects such as anthropology, archeology, psychology and sociology use various modes of research to investigate and explore the issues and topics integral to their understanding.

To find out more about the many possibilities involved with research scholarships, just click on the links below.

AAUW International Fellowships

The International Fellowships program awarded its first fellowship in 1917. The program now includes women from around the world, and International Fellowships have been awarded to more than 3,300 women from more than 130 nations. International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five fellowships are renewable for a second year. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.

Spalding Trust Grants-in-Aid of Research

The Spalding Trust supports academic research on comparative inter-faith projects. Consideration is also given to applications which are not academically orientated, provided that they will have a practical and beneficial effect on inter-religious understanding. Subjects: World religious other than that of the holder. Such study should be the principal, not a subsidiary, object. Purpose: To promote a better understanding between the great cultures of the world by encouraging the study of the religious principles on which they are based. Eligibility: Open to those engaged in academic studies or in study which will have practical benefit in promoting inter-religious understanding. No grant may be offered for a study or project within the context of the applicant

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation

The foundation welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world. In addition to our program of support for postdoctoral research, ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to individuals who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award year. These fellowships of $15,000 each are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner, and it is only appropriate to apply for support for the final year of Ph.D. work. Applications are evaluated in comparison with each other and not in competition with the postdoctoral research proposals. Applicants may be citizens of any country and studying at colleges or universities in any country. Particular questions that interest the foundation concern violence, aggression, and dominance in relation to social change, the socialization of children, intergroup conflict, interstate warfare, crime, family relationships, and investigations of the control of aggression and violence. Research with no useful relevance to understanding and attempting to cope with problems of human violence and aggression will not be supported, nor will proposals to investigate urgent social problems where the foundation cannot be assured that useful, sound research can be done. Priority will also be given to areas and methodologies not receiving adequate attention and support from other funding sources. Application Procedure Submit FOUR copies of a typewritten application in English to the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, 527 Madison Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10022-4304.

Harold Lancour Scholarship

Note: All required documents must be submitted electronically.This scholarship is awarded to Librarians or Library & Information Studies students to survey foreign libraries or programs, attend a foreign library school, and/or to conduct research in a foreign country. No application form is required. Requirements for this scholarship include: 1. Current vita. 2. One or two page typed description of the planned foreign study with some indication of plans to use the information gained. Include any previous experience in foreign travel or study as well as any languages you can read or write.E-mail all required documents to will be awarded on: 1. Plan of study or research 2. Usefulness of the study or research to the applicant and to the profession.It is anticipated that recipients of this scholarship will submit a paper pertaining to their study to Beta Phi Mu within one year of completion of the study.

The Helen N. & Harold B. Shapira Heart Medical Scholarship

The Purpose: To stimulate interest in the study of heart and blood vessel diseases. The Scholarship: Every year one $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a medical student. The successful candidate will be eligible for a renewal of the $1,000 award for a second year provided they maintain satisfactory scholastic progress. Renewals will be considered in conjunctions with all new applications. Who Is Eligible: Minnesota Students Only: Medical students currently enrolled in a Minnesota state medical school and working in a curriculum with potential application to patients with diseases of the heart and blood vessel system are eligible. How the Scholars Are Selected: Scholars will be chosen on merit by an American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate Committee of medical and/or scientific professionals. How Candidates Apply: Candidates must submit the appropriate form and complete all requirements. Applications must be fully completed to receive consideration. Where to Apply: For further information and application forms, please visit

Gilder Lehrman Fellowships

Criteria: * Scholars/Doctoral students * Research must be completed within a year of the notification of the reward * Not available for scholars who live within commuting distance of New York Stipends range from $1,500 to $4000. The fellowships support work in one of five archives: the Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the New York Historical Society; the Columbia University Rare Book and Manuscript Library; the New York Public Library

Student Research Grants

* Must be enrolled in a degree-granting program Each year The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) awards two grants of $1,000 each to students who are doing sexuality research. The purpose of the research can be a masters thesis or doctoral dissertation, but this is not a requirement. Funds to support these grants are provided by The Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (FSSS), a nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to supporting scientific research related to sexuality. Application: Sexuality Research

Sigma XI Grants-in-Aid of Research Program

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has provided undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences since 1922. By encouraging close working relationships between students and mentors, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning. The program awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding. Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually.

SNM Wagner-Torizuka Fellowship

Description: The SNM Wagner-Torizuka Fellowship, sponsored by Nihon Medi-Physics Co., LTD, is a one or two-year fellowship in the United States and Canada for Japanese physicians in the early stages of their careers. The purpose of the program is to provide experience and training in nuclear medicine/molecular imaging modalities in the areas of cardiology, neurology, and oncology. The program is expected to advance Fellows' research and clinical expertise, as well as facilitate professional development, and to equip them to make significant contributions to the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging in Japan. An annual stipend of $24,000 U.S. dollars will be paid in three installments to the fellow(s). Requirements Applicants must be permanent residents of Japan and must have received their Japanese MD license no more than fifteen (15) years from the time of application. All applications must be completed on-line by the application deadline, 5:00pm Eastern Daylight Time on January 31, 2011. In addition, two (2) letters of support are required, one from the applicant's supervisor or mentor in Japan, and the other from an independent, qualified source from the applicant's institution. If the host institution in the United States or Canada has already been identified, one of the support letters should come from the host supervisor or mentor (see section III). Progress and final annual reports will be required of selected fellows before subsequent stipend payments are issued.

The Home Depot Scholarship

For students performing research in supply chain logistics/availability of materials following a natural disaster and resilient landscaping during disaster preparedness. Three scholarships available. The Home Depot Scholarship is available to master and doctorate degree students performing research in supply chain logistics/availability of materials following a natural disaster or landscape design and management for disaster preparedness, subject to the requirements listed below. Award of the scholarship is at the sole discretion of the Scholarship Committee and their decision is final. REQUIREMENTS: 1. Before the start of the proposed period of study (but not necessarily at the time of application), the applicant must possess a bachelor’s degree from a higher education institution which is accredited by the responsible regional or national agency. 2. At the time of acceptance of the scholarship (but not necessarily at the time of application), the applicant must be accepted for graduate study at a college or university. 3. The proposed faculty member who will direct the applicant’s graduate study during the year in which the scholarship is applied for and awarded must complete and return an appraisal of the student’s capabilities as part of the application process. This faculty advisor must take responsibility for guiding the student’s research program and must ensure the student meets the requirements of the scholarship by preparing and presenting a poster at the FLASH Annual Conference during the year the scholarship is awarded. 4. The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the entire application package has been received by FLASH. The application package must include: a. A fully-completed application form. The applicant must respond to all questions on the application form. Do not attach additional sheets. Responses must be typewritten. b. Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate and graduate records. c. A statement of appraisal and agreement to direct the applicant’s graduate research program from the proposed faculty advisor.

American Fellowship (Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants)

Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants fund women college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. Applicants may be tenure track, part-time, or temporary faculty or new or established scholars and researchers at universities. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing, editing, and responding to issues raised in critical reviews. Funds cannot be used for undertaking research. Applicants must have received their doctorates by the application deadline. Scholars with strong publishing records should seek other funding. There are six publication grants of $6,000 available to prepare research for publication. Funds cannot be used for undertaking research. Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final writing, editing, and responding to issues raised in critical reviews. Scholars with strong publishing records should seek other funding. Research for publication

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