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.

William C. Stokoe Scholarship

Scholarship is limited to deaf students who have graduated form a four-year college program and are pursuing part-time or full-time graduate studies in a field related to Sign Language or the Deaf Community, or a deaf gradaute student who is developing a special project on one of these topics. The winner of the Stokoe Scholarship must create and complete a research or development project within a year that relates to Sign Language or the Deaf Community. The winner must prepare a brief report (either written or videotaped) upon completion of the project. Usually the project will be directly related to the student's work in school. National Scholarship

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: US Citizens, currently enrolled in an accredited American university or college majoring in Pre-Law, Family Law, Law, Criminal Justice or Sociology. HOW TO ENTER: Any student who fits the eligibility requirements listed above can apply for the divorce law scholarship. To enter student must submit a 800 to 1000 word legal essay on one of the following topics: Divorce Basics Divorce without Court Divorce and Property Filing for Divorce Parental Rights Understanding Child Custody Understanding Child Support Understanding Prenuptial Agreements Understanding Alimony Uncontested Divorce vs. Contested Divorce For submission, simply email your essay along with a signed content contribution agreement as an attachment in PDF or Word format, including your full name, school you will be attending and contact information to ADDITIONAL DETAILS: The scholarship funds awarded are to be used for tuition and books only. Once awarded, a check will be written to the recipients school of choice and credited for academic costs. Scholarship is non-renewable and is only good for one semester cycle. Recipient’s are only eligible to receive the scholarship once during their lifetime. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: The essay submission deadline is 12:00 midnight EST July 14, 2015. Essays will then be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee and the winner will be announced July 25, 2015 on the website. The winner will also be notified via email.

Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program

The Early Childhood Educators Scholarship Program was funded as a pilot initiative by the Legislature for the purpose of increasing the quality and availability of teachers and care providers to work with young children and youth in inclusive settings including infant/toddler, preschool and school age programs. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance for currently employed early childhood and out of school time educators and providers who enroll in an associate's or bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education or related programs. Who Is Eligible? To be eligible for the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an applicant must: Be a permanent legal resident of Massachusetts. Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen. Be eligible under Title IV Regulations and not in default of a state or federal education loan or grant. Enroll, as a matriculated student, in an undergraduate degree program (full or part-time) in Early Childhood Education, or a related field (i.e., elementary education, sociology, psychology). Be employed, for at least one year, as an educator or provider in an early education and care program or out of school time program that is licensed or authorized by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and continue employment in this field while pursuing the approved course of study. Have not previously earned a bachelor's degree. Sign an agreement to continue employment as an early childhood educator or provider in Massachusetts upon completing the degree requirement, or repay funds as defined. Eligible Institutions For the purpose of the Early Childhood Educators Scholarship, an eligible institution is defined as a regionally accredited public or private college or university in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that offers an Early Childhood Education program of study or program in a related field. See website for more information

Byron Hanke Fellowship

Hanke Fellowship applicants must be enrolled in an accredited master's, doctoral or law program. Students of all disciplines are welcome to apply for the Hanke Fellowships, provided their studies relate to community associations generally and to the topic of the candidate's proposed community associations research project. In the past, the CAI-RF has recognized outstanding achievement in the academic study of community associations through the annual CAI Research Foundation Award of Excellence. Papers submitted for this prestigous award have come from a wide range of academic disciplines, including law, economics, sociology, and urban planning. All of these disciplines are appropriate areas of graduate studies for a Hanke Fellowship, along with any others which the Research Foundation may be persuaded are relevant to community associations. Within the field of community associations and common-interest communities, Hanke Fellowship projects may address management, institutions, organization and administration, public policy, architecture, as well as political, economic, social and intellectual trends in community association housing. Projects may focus on either applied or theoretical research. The Research Foundation is especially interested in substantive papers from the social sciences which place community association housing within political or economic organizational models. In all cases, the topic must have the approval of the graduate student's general academic advisor, or of another full-time faculty member, who will supervise the Hanke Fellow's Project. The project topic must have the potential to further understanding of residential community associations.

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Program Description:ISF’s goal is to encourage Muslim students to pursue a college or post-graduate degrees in humanities, social sciences, liberal arts and law through awarding annual scholarships of $1000-$10,000 to deserving students.Eligibility:Scholarships are awarded to Muslim students who have been accepted to top- ranked four-year colleges and universities for undergraduate and post-graduate studies in the aforementioned areas of study. The applicant must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements: 1. Muslim 2. Citizen or permanent resident of U.S. 3. Minimum of 3.4 grade point average 4. College Junior standing or above 5. Active member of his or her communitySelection Process:All applications must be received no later than May 15th of each calendar year. Applications are reviewed within a 2-3 week period and scholarships will generally be awarded by July 30th of the calendar year. The selection criteria are based on: 1. Academic record (grades and achievement scores) 2. School activities (sports, clubs, etc.) 3. Extracurricular activities, especially in the Muslim community (volunteering, work, etc.) 4. Any extenuating and unusual circumstances related to the applicant 5. Other factors that may help in distinguishing and differentiating the applicant based on the information submitted 6. Personal interview

Canadian Studies Graduate Student Fellowship

This program is intended for full-time doctoral students at accredited four-year U.S. and Canadian colleges and universities whose dissertations are related in substantial part to the study of Canada, Canada/U.S. or Canada/North America. Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and should have completed all doctoral requirements except the dissertation when they apply for a grant. This grant is not renewable.

Frances C. Allen Fellowships

This fellowship is for women of Native American heritage. While candidates for this award may be working in any graduate or pre-professional field, the particular goal of the Allen Fellowship is to encourage Native American women in their studies of the humanities and social sciences. Financial support varies according to need and may include travel expenses. Allen Fellows are expected to spend a significant part of their tenure in residence at the Newberry's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History. The tenure of the fellowship is from one month to one year; the fellowship provides up to $8,000 in approved expenses. Please note: applicants for the Allen Fellowship must fill out a supplementary form in addition to the cover sheet for special awards and fellowships.

Richard C. Hall Environmental Planning Scholarship

College of Social Sciences - Environmental Studies Must be an urban planning or environmental studies major, have financial need, demonstrate commitment to the field of environmental planning and have scholastic ability.

APA Planning & the Black Community Division Schp

For U.S. citizens who are African-Americans, Hispanic or Native American students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year of undergraduate study at the time of application. The award is made by the Planning & the Black Community Division of the American Planning Association. A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to minority student (African-American, Hispanic or Native American) who is studying for a degree in planning or a related field (Public Administration or Environmental Science), and attending a Planning Accredited Board approved college or university.

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.

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