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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.

American Association of Japanese University Women Scholarship

The American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW) was founded to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to U.S. - Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership. Every year, since the founding of the organization, scholarships have been awarded to outstanding female students. Type: Undergraduate Study Graduate Study Eligibility Requirements Class standing - - Junior - Senior - Graduate Student Discipline/Area of Study Arts/Humanities Natural Sciences Social/Behavioral Sciences Business Engineering Public Service Citizenship U.S. Citizen Permanent Resident Other Visa Status Students should be a contributor to U.S.-Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and the development of leadership in the area of her designated field. Submission Requirements Letters of Recommendation - 2 To request an application, send a SASE to the organization.

National Research Council: Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships For Minorities

Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship For Minorities is a $17,000 stipend per year for 3 years. Open to individuals who are members of the following groups: Alaska Natives (Eskimo or Aleut), Native American Indians, Black/African Americans, Puerto Ricans, Mexican Americans/Chicanas/Chicanos, and Native Pacific Islanders (Polynesian or Micronesian). Applicants must be registered full-time in a research-based doctoral program (Ph.D. or Sc.D.). Eligible fields include: Research-based areas of the social and behavioral sciences, education, engineering, humanities, life sciences, mathematics, and physical sciences.

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.

Ford Fndn Dissertation 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. Dissertation Fellowship support is intended for the final year of dissertation writing. Applicants must have completed all requirements for their degree except for the writing of the dissertation including course work, examinations, language requirements, approval of the dissertation proposal/topic, and any other departmental and institutional requirements. Advisors must submit a valid Verification of Doctoral Degree Candidacy by February 14 to confirm that all such degree requirements have been met by that date. Awards not made for work leading to degrees in practice-based disciplines such as education, business, administration, management, health sciences, nursing, home economics, library science, speech pathology, audiology, personnel, guidance, social work, fine arts, or performing arts.

Barbara Buss Casaroli Memorial Scholarship

College of Social Sciences - History To be awarded to an outstanding student for achievement in Asian history. Must have an overall GPA of 3.0; 3.5 GPA in major.

John Geagan Scholarships

The John Geagan Scholarship is in honor of SEIU's long-time organizing director during the 1970s and 1980s and is for applicants who want to pursue a college degree in labor studies. This is a one-time $5,000 scholarship. This scholarship can be used in any labor studies program where college credit is awarded. This includes four-year and two-year institutions, labor studies centers, certificate and online programs--as long as college credit will be earned toward a bachelor's or associate degree in labor studies.» Eligibility Criteria:The John Geagan Scholarship is open to SEIU members or their children or SEIU local union staff; priority will be given to those applicants who are not served by traditional education institutions-- typically adults who have been in the workforce and have decided to go, or return to, college. This scholarship allows students to pursue a degree while continuing to work.

Minnie Carr Scholarship

College of Social Sciences - Communications Studies Awarded to a sophomore or junior who will be returning to the College of Social Sciences

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

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

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.

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