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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.

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.

Graduate Fellowship

The American Numismatic Society awards a fellowship of $3,500 annually to a university graduate student in the fields of the humanities or the social sciences who will have completed the general examinations (or the equivalent) for the doctorate, will be writing a dissertation during the academic year in which the fellowship is held on a topic in which the use of numismatic evidence plays a significant role, and who has attended one of the American Numismatic Society's Graduate Seminars prior to the time of application. The Council reserves the right to waive any of the listed requirements.

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

Jay Shellabarger Memorial Scholarship Fund

Provides financial assistance to students whose declared major is Sociology.

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.

ASA Minority Fellowship Program

Eligibility Requirements:The Minority Fellowship Program, funded by ASA and annual contributions from Sociologists for Women in Society, Alpha Kappa Delta, the Association for Black Sociologists, the Southwestern Sociological Society, the Midwest Sociological Society, and generous individual member contributions, is primarily, but not solely, designed for minority students sufficiently advanced in their Ph.D. program to demonstrate their commitment to a research career. MFP applicants must be enrolled in or accepted to Ph.D. programs in sociology that house relevant research programs in their area of interests. Applicants for the MFP Fellowship may be in earlier stages in their graduate careers, but must be accepted into a Ph.D. program in sociology at the time the MFP Fellowship begins.MFP Fellows are selected on the basis of their commitment to research, the focus of their research experience, academic achievement, scholarship, writing ability, research potential, financial need, and racial/ethnic minority background. Specifically, applicants must be members of one of the following racial/ethnic groups: Blacks/African Americans, Latinos/as (e.g., Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cubans), American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Asians (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Southeast Asian), or Pacific Islanders (e.g., Hawaiian, Guamanian, Samoan, Filipino). Fellows must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the U.S., or have been lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence and have in their possession an Alien Registration Card.

Other Majors Scholarships

Eligibility Criteria:•Must be of Hispanic background•Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident residing in the United States or Puerto Rico•Must be studying at an accredited university in the U.S. or Puerto Rico for the upcoming academic year•Must be (or plan to be) enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student for the upcoming academic year•Must have earned and maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average of no less than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale•Must demonstrate financial need•Must be studying a major that falls under the Other Majors Application

Lung Health Dissertation Grant

The objective of the Lung Health Research Dissertation Grant is to support pre-doctoral dissertation research in the various disciplines of social science examining risk factors affecting lung health including:  Psychosocial lung health research  Behavioral lung health research  Health services and health policy research  Epidemiological/Biostatistical lung health research  Public Health education research ELIGIBILITY Education and Experience At the time of application, the applicant must be a matriculating student in good standing in a full-time academic program leading to a doctoral degree in one of the above-mentioned fields. Nurses pursuing a doctoral degree in any field are eligible. Individuals with an MD degree who wish to acquire a PhD or those conducting bench research not involving patients or patient data are not eligible to apply. Citizenship At the time of application, candidates must be United States citizens or foreign nationals holding one of the following visa immigration statuses: permanent resident (Green Card), exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker in a specialty occupation (H-1B), Canadian or Mexican citizen engaging in professional activities (TN), Australians in Specialty Occupation (E-3 visa) or temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences (O-1). Lung Health Dissertation applicants may hold a student (F-1) visa. At the time of application and throughout the award, an applicant must be employed by a U.S. institution. Applicants are required to submit one signed original plus two copies of all application materials to: American Lung Association 21 W. 38th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10018 ATTN: Research Division

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply. The goal of the fellowship program is to attract outstanding students who enroll in two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages, who represent all ethnic, racial and social backgrounds, and who have an interest in pursuing a Foreign Service career in the U.S. Department of State. The program develops a source of trained men and women who will represent the skill needs of the Department and who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Fellowships: The fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science and Technology Policy (SunShot Initiative Fellowships)

Description: Professional development of scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. Discipline(s): business; life, health, and medical sciences; communications and graphic design; mathematics; computer science; physical sciences; earth, environmental, and marine sciences; social and behavioral sciences; engineering Eligibility: U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents. Fellowships will be awarded to applicants based on academic level and experience. Senior Fellows are Master's or Ph.D. graduates who have held a graduate degree for more than three years at the time of application and have post-degree experience in a technical or research capacity. Fellows are recent Master's or Ph.D. graduates who have held a graduate degree for less than three years at the time of application. Junior Fellows are recent Bachelor's graduates who have held a degree for less than five years at the time of application. Location(s): District of Columbia. Duration: Anytime Additional Duration Information: Up to two years Frequency: Continuous Awards made: Deadline(s): The application is always open but see website for more information. Benefits: Stipends will be based on Fellowship level and commensurate with qualifications. Funding source(s): How to apply: Email: STPfellowships@orise.orau.gov

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