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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.

Harold E. Young Memorial Scholarship

To full-time students with a GPA of 3.000, upper-division Sociology majors and members of a Nazarene church.

DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst)

Promotes international academic relations and cooperation through a broad program of grants for research and graduate study in Germany. Certain grants in this program are affiliated with the Fulbright Program and administered by IIE. A variety of short-term and long-term awards is offered in humanities and social sciences, German language, German studies, natural sciences, and engineering. Students are expected to possess a good command of German. Stipends and benefits vary, as do application deadlines.

Jacob K. Javits Fellowships

Assistance for students of superior ability pursuing graduate programs leading to the doctorate or the Master of Fine Arts in selected fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Eligibility is limited to U.S. citizens or nationals, permanent residents of the U.S., or citizens of any one of the Freely Associated States. Applicants must demonstrate financial need by filling out a FAFSA form. Twenty percent of the fellowships are awarded in the social sciences (including psychology), twenty percent in the arts, and sixty percent in the humanities. A minimum of sixty percent of the awards shall be made to students who have no graduate credits. Awards include tuition, fees, and a stipend, and may be renewed for up to four years of study. Application materials may be reviewed on the web site, but applicants must obtain a hard copy for submission because a scannable form is included.

Transportation Fellowship Program

The Transportation Fellowship Program is open to any student who is: - registered in one of the schools selected to participate in the program; - an ethnic minority (e.g., Black, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Asian, or Pacific Islander), female or economically disadvantaged; - enrolled full-time in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester undergraduate (at least junior status) or 9 credit hours per semester graduate student, or - enrolled part-time in a minimum of 9 credit hours per semester undergraduate (at least junior status) or 6 credit hours per semester graduate student; and - in compliance with professional standards and able to maintain a satisfactory level of performance in the academic and internship programs. There are six areas of study identified as disciplines for the Fellowship Program. Each will enable a student to develop an understanding and appreciation of the role transportation plays in our society, as well as provide the skills necessary for the transportation professional. The areas of study are: Transportation Planning, Transportation Engineering, Urban and Regional Planning, Transportation Law, Urban or Spatial Geography and Transportation Management. The following colleges and universities are participating in the Transportation Fellowship Program: Paul Quinn College, Texas Christian University, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Woman's University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas. The Fellowship is a two-year program, designed to assist with the last two years of education, whether graduate or undergraduate. At the discretion of the Advisory and Selection Committee, part-time students will be allowed to take 2 1/2 years to complete their fellowship. Participation as a senior undergraduate in one year and as a graduate the following year is not allowed.

Donald L. Burdick Memorial Scholarship

College of Social Sciences For a student majoring in any of the departments in the College of Social Sciences. To be awarded based on financial need and academic accomplishments, in that order.

T.K. Fitzgerald Graduate Scholarship

College of Social Science - History, Economics, Sociology Graduate students (minimum half time course load) doing research in economic history or socio-economics with major concentration in history, economics, sociology or related fields.

Ford Fndn Postdoctoral Fellowships for Minorities

Open to United States citizens who are members of one or more of the following ethnic minority groups: Alaskan Natives (Eskimo or Aleut), Native Americans, Black/African Americans, Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos, Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian or Micronesian), and Puerto Ricans. Awards for postdoctoral research are made in the behavioral and social sciences, humanities, engineering, mathematics, physical sciences and life sciences, education, and interdisciplinary programs composed of two or more eligible disciplines. Applicants may not have held their degree for more than seven years at time of application. Approximately 25 one-year felowships offered to scholars in an academic teaching and research career, or those planning such a career.

Federal Chancellor Scholarship

The Federal Chancellor Scholarship is a part of the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation. This foundation grants research fellowships to foreign scholars who hold doctorates and have not yet reached the age of 40. The Foundation also offers research awards to internationally-recognized foreign scholars of any age, enabling them to spend a lengthy period of research in Germany. Subjects for study include Arts and humanities, business administration and management, fine and applied arts, mass communication and information science, medicine, recreation, welfare, protective services, religion and theology, social, behavioral sciences or law. The purpose of the scholarship is to maintain and foster a close relationship between the United States of America and Germany by sponsoring individuals who demonstrate the potential of playing a pivotal role in the future development of this relationship. For more information, contact: Federal Chancellor Scholarship c/o Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation Jean-Paul Strasse 12, Bonn, Bad Bodesberg, D-53173, Germany http://www.humboldt-foundation.de

James C. Caldwell Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide a college opportunity for a student who has shown high academic potential and career commitments to an elementary and/or secondary education. This award is $1,500.00, renewable for four (4) years, and may be matched annually. Consideration requirements are a GPA of 3.0 or higher, four (4) years of English, three (3) years of mathematics and science and two (2) years of social studies and foreign language.

Jane C. Waldbaum Archaeological Field School Scholarship

Established in honor of AIA Honorary President Jane Waldbaum, this scholarship is intended to help students who are planning to participate in archaeological field work for the first time. Students majoring in archaeology or related disciplines are especially encouraged to apply. The Scholarship Fund provides $1000 each to help pay expenses associated with participation in an archaeological field work project (minimum stay one month/4 weeks). The scholarship is open to students who have begun their junior year of undergraduate studies at the time of application and have not yet completed their first year of graduate school at a college or university in the United States or Canada. Applicants must be at least 18 years old and must not have previously participated in archaeological field work of any kind. The committee will consider both academic achievement and financial need in its deliberations. AIA scholarships are open to students from all backgrounds. Minority and disadvantaged students are encouraged to apply. For more information, please contact Deanna Baker, Membership and Societies Administrator. The Waldbaum Scholarship will be awarded to junior and senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students only. All applicants must complete the following: Complete online application form Provide names and emails of two references. Your references will receive an email with instructions for submitting their recommendations online. You are responsible for ensuring that both referees have submitted their letters of recommendation online by the application deadline. Send transcripts: Transcripts must be official and include at least two full years of completed college-level work (4 semesters or 6 quarters), not counting AP credits. If you are a transfer student and have attended your current school for less than two years, please submit transcripts from your previous school(s) in order to provide a record of at least two full years of completed college-level work (4 semesters/6 quarters), not counting AP credits. Post-Baccalaureate and first year graduate students must submit both undergraduate and post-graduate transcripts.

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