Social Sciences Scholarships

Did you know that the social sciences were some of the most popular college majors offered?  This academic field affords students a host of degree and program options leading to an even wider array of career choices. To further examine the wide world of this major and the social science scholarships available, continue reading below. 

The social sciences are currently divided into eight main categories: anthropology, archeology, economics, geography, international relations, political science, psychology and sociology. Psychology and sociology are two of the most popular. Experts claim that nearly 90,000 psychology bachelor's degrees are awarded every year.

90,000! That's an impressive number, or a depressing one if you think too long about how little we still understand one another even with all of that mental poking and prodding. But, depressing insights  aside, this set of college majors can serve as the academic preparation for careers in areas such as business, government, social services, news media, education, marketing, the diplomatic corps, law, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), health care administration, criminal justice and urban planning.

Many of these degree programs are also a good way to go if you want to continue your education at the graduate level. Obviously, if you want to be a licensed professional psychologist, you are going to need more than a bachelor's degree.  The same is true for most positions involved with conducting anthropology or archeology field work or research.

However, even with these limitations considered, social science programs can be a good academic bet. You'll learn to think and read critically, you'll improve your written and verbal communication skills and, perhaps most importantly, you'll expand the boundaries of your knowledge of the world around you and also your personal awareness and self-knowledge. Important skills to have for any career and for any well-lived life.

The available social science scholarships should be distributed across the range of concentrations. There are scholarships available for both undergraduate and graduate studies.  

Click on the links below to continue your exploration of the world of social science scholarships.

American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

One-year support for women who will have earned a doctoral degree by November 15. Sixteen fellowships are available: four each in the arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences, one unrestricted, and one designated for a woman from an underrepresented minority group in any field. Designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible.

Minority Academic Institutions Undergraduate Student Fellowships-Chemistry

Description:Established to provide financial assistance and summer internships to undergraduates at minority academic institutions (MAIs) who are interested in majoring in fields related to the environment. Eligibility:Applicants for this program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in an accredited 4-year institution that meets the definition of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an MAI: Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges (TCs). Students must be majoring in environmental science, physical sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, environmental health, social sciences, mathematics, or engineering. They must be available to work as interns at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years.

John Gilbert Scholarship for International Studies

College of Social Sciences - Social Science/Political Science Awarded to students undertaking study abroad. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required.

Employee Retirement Research and Administration Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a degree in public administration, finance, business administration, or social science. 2. Must be a graduate student. 3. Must be a full- or part-time student. 4. Must be a United States or Canadian citizen or permanent resident. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view for more information and an application form.

Alliant /New Undergraduate Student Scholarship

Alliant offers scholarships/grants for qualified new undergraduate students who enroll at the San Diego campus. Please note, you must apply and be accepted to Alliant in order to be considered for financial assistance. For more information on scholarships and grants, please call (866) U-ALLIANT (866) 825-5426.

American Friends of the London School of Economics Scholarships

The scholarship provides full tuition These awards fund one year of graduate study at The London School of Economics. Awards are based on financial need and academic merit, are not renewable, and cannot be awarded to students currently enrolled at LSE. Students must be in the process of making a separate application to the LSE itself. Type: Graduate Study International Study Eligibility Requirements Class standing - Senior - Graduate Student Discipline/Area of Study Social/Behavioral Sciences Business Citizenship U.S. Citizen Permanent Resident Other Visa Status

National Science Foundation Fellowships

Purpose: The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to ensure the vitality of science, mathematics, and engineering in the U.S. and to reinforce diversity in the population of science professionals through the award of fellowships for graduate study. Programs Funded: NSF fellowships support full-time graduate study leading to master's or doctoral degrees in the biological, physical, mathematical, engineer, and most social sciences, and in the history and philosophy of science. Support is not provided for work leading to any practice-oriented professional degree. Recipients may attend graduate programs in the U.S. or abroad. Awards are also made for work toward a research-based Ph.D. in science education that requires a science competence comparable to that for Ph.D. candidates in eligible disciplines. The program provides a $16,800 stipend and a cost-of-education allowance of $10,500 per tenure year. A $1,000 International Research Travel Allowance is also available for certain programs. Eligibility: College seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, math, or engineering may apply. See the program web site for more details. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the U.S. NSF Minority Graduate Fellowship applicants must be members of one of the following groups underrepresented in the advanced levels of the U.S science and engineering personnel pool: Native American, African American, Hispanic, Alaska Native (Eskimo/Aleut), or Pacific Islander (Polynesian/Micronesian). Selection Criteria: Awards are based on ability, as evidenced in academic records, recommendations, and GRE scores. GRE results are noted as highly important. Applicants are required to submit scores for both the General Test and the Subject Test most closely related to the chosen field of study. Application Process: The application process has two stages. On the basis of a brief form submitted by early November, those who meet preliminary qualifications are invited to submit an extensive final application and letters of reference. Applications are submitted directly to NSF and there is no College internal selection, however interested students are strongly urged to seek advice from faculty and the Graduate Fellowships Office early in the process. Proposals are scrutinized by experienced researchers, and you will benefit from the guidance of faculty who are familiar with the selection process.

Dudley T. Moorhead Memorial Scholarship

College of Social Sciences - History College of Arts & Humanities For any worthy student. Note: on a rotation basis every three years, if only one scholarship can be awarded, with College of Humanities and the Arts, College of Social Sciences, and Dept. of History. Graduate students must have taken their undergraduate degree from SJSU.

Ruth Floyd Internship for Human Rights & Int'l Law

The Foundation offers this internship to a select student to perform work in issues related to human rights and international law. This is a unique opportunity to receive hands-on experience in the field of peace and security. Candidates from anywhere in the world are encouraged to apply, provided that they are students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university working in the fields of human rights of international law. The time commitment is 400 hours, or approximately ten weeks working full-time.

Charles Abrams Scholarship

For U.S. citizen attending the graduate planning program at Columbia, Harvard, MIT, the New School for Social Research and the University of Pennsylvania, an award of $2,000 is made.

Jamie Keller Memorial Scholarship

Recipients shall be junior or senior women majoring in either Sociology or Modern Languages. Preference given to members of Alpha Gamma Delta.

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