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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.

Davidson Fellowships

To be eligible for the Davidson Fellowship, each applicant must: - Be a U.S. citizen or a permanent U.S. resident - Be under the age of 18 on October 1. Individuals born on or before October 1, 1986 are not eligible. There is no minimum age for eligibility. - Have completed a prodigious work in one of the following categories: Science, Technology, Mathematics, Music - Composer, Vocalist, Classical Instrumentalist or Jazz Instrumentalist, Literature, Philosophy, Outside the Box - a combination of Science, Technology or Mathematics AND Music, Literature or Philosophy. - Be able to demonstrate that the work is the applicant's own creation. Guidance from teachers and mentors is acceptable, as long as the work is the applicant's. - Be available to attend, with a parent/guardian, the awards reception and other recognition events to be held in Washington, DC in Sept.

Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to: increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States. The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship. To be eligible to apply for Hollings Scholarship, at the time of application (annually September through January) you must: be a U.S. citizen; be currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time 2nd year student in a four-year academic program or as a full-time 3rd year student in a five-year undergraduate program at an accredited college or university or university within the United States or U.S. territories; earn and maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent on other identified scale) in all completed undergraduate courses each term and cumulative, as well as an overall GPA of 3.0 in your major field of study. The grade point average requirement applies prior to and at the time of application for a scholarship, for the period between application and award notification, and after award distribution; and have and maintain a declared major in a discipline including, but not limited to, oceanic, environmental, biological, and atmospheric sciences, mathematics, engineering, remote sensing technology, physical and social sciences including geography, physics, hydrology, geomatics, or teacher education that support NOAA's programs and mission. Related discipline areas of study may include: biological, social, and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

$500 VIP Fishing Charters Annual Scholarship

Once a year, VIP Fishing Charters awards merit-based scholarships for students pursuing higher education with an emphasis in social and applied sciences. VIP Fishing Charters is an acclaimed resource for matching fishing enthusiasts with their ideal fishing charters in Florida, and seeks to make educational opportunities available to those committed to studying and school. Any student who is entering university or college as a full-time student is eligible. VIP Fishing Charters hopes to help alleviate some of the financial stress for a hard working student. VIP Fishing Charters' owner Steve Seigel thinks this kind of encouragement goes beyond a dollar sign. It shows that a company representing US identity believes in the success of its young community. How to Apply Deadline: Scholarships will be awarded once per year. Fall Scholarship applications must be postmarked by July 30. Award: $500 awarded to one recipient Eligibility: US citizens or permanent residents with a minimum GPA of 3.0 enrolled or planning to enroll in an accredited college or university in Fall or Spring. Application: Three components must be submitted for your entry: (A) Application Form, (B) Small Writing Project, and (C) Copy of transcript. (A) Application Form: Click to view and print: VIP Fishing Charters Scholarship Application. All fields must be answered. (B) Small Writing Project: On a website, blog, or online forum, write a 500-800 word post that expresses your opinion of what factors contribute to a successful day of fishing. Criteria for evaluation: the best posts will give clear details, avoid grammatical or spelling errors, demonstrate creativity, and weave in the applicant's personal thoughts. They must also include a link from the website or blog to the VIP Fishing Charters website (www.vipfishingcharters.com). (C) Transcript: Include, or have sent, a current transcript (either official or an unofficial printed copy) to the address below.

Rose Arnhold Scholarship Fund

Must be majoring in Sociology.

Howard Rock Foundation Graduate Scholarship Prgm

1. Applicant must be enrolled as a graduate student and must maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average. 2. Graduate degree programs include Master degrees such as Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Master of Teaching (M.A.T.); and doctorate degrees such as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), etc.

Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Allied Healthcare Scholarship Program is to increase the number of appropriately trained allied healthcare professionals, and to encourage their practice in direct patient care in medically underserved areas of California. Priority is given to students enrolled in the fields of medical imaging, occupational therapy, physical therapy, respiratory care, social work, pharmacy, pharmacy technician, medical laboratory technologist, surgical technician, ultrasound technician, and diagnostic medical sonography. Eligible applicants may receive up to $2,500 per year, and would have a service obligation of 1 year or 100-150 hours volunteer service. This program is funded by a contribution from Kaiser Permanente.

Minority Fellowship Program

Criteria: 1. Must be pursuing a doctoral degree in Sociology. 2. Must be a member of a minority group. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should view http://asanet.org/page.ww?section=Funding&name=Minority+Fellowship+Program for more information and an application form.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Jewish Studies

Applicants for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and must have completed all academic requirements for the doctoral degree except the dissertation. Applicants should demonstrate course work in Jewish Studies on the graduate level and must give evidence of proficiency in a Jewish language adequate for pursuing an academic career in their chosen field. Preference is given to individuals preparing for academic careers in Jewish Studies, although occasional grants are awarded to students in other fields of the humanities or social sciences who demonstrate a career commitment to Jewish scholarship. The amount of the grants is between $7 - $10,000. Fellowships are granted for one academic year and are normally given for the final stages of completing the dissertation.

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.

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.

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