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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.

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

Minoru Yasui Memorial Scholarship

National JACL membership is a requirement to be considered for a JACL scholarship. Membership must be held by the applicant or applicant's parents only. Extended family ties do not apply for this requirement. Student memberships are available. For more information about membership categories, please contact the JACL Membership Department at National Headquarters. Applicants must also be planning to attend a college, university, trade school, business school or any institution of higher learning at the graduate school level in the upcoming fall. Preference for this scholarship will be given to a student with a strong interest in Human and Civil Rights. Fields of study may also include sociology, law or education.

Graduate Studies Program

For graduate students who focus primarily on international affairs, languages, economics, geography, cartography, physical sciences and engineering; other majors may be accepted Should be entering their first or second year of graduate studies in an accredited college or university Active participation in projects with potential to have work disseminated throughout the Intelligence Community General Requirements: US citizenship 3.0 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale Foreign language skills and previous international residency are pluses Medical/polygraph examinations and background investigation required Assignments are ONLY in the Washington, DC metro area Because of safety concerns for the prospective applicant, as well as security and communication issues, the CIA Recruitment Center does not accept applications, nor can we return phone calls, e-mails or other forms of communication, from US citizens living outside of the US.

Krista Eldridge Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a North Decatur or Greensburg student with a GPA of 2.5 or above, pursuing any post-secondary education. Preference given to those going to Purdue or those pursuing a major in Human and Social Services. (Award will be paid at start of second semester.)

American Indian Education Foundation (AIEF)

Education Foundation was established to support educational opportunities for students of American Indians and Alaska Native decent. Students must be enrolled full time at an accredited 2 or 4 year University or Vocational school. There are scholarships available for Freshman, Undergraduate, and continuing students. Type: Undergraduate Study Eligibility Requirements: Class standing Freshman - Sophomore - Junior - Senior - Discipline/Area of Study Arts/Humanities Natural Sciences Social/Behavioral Sciences Business Engineering Public Service Citizenship Minimum GPA Other Must be of American Indian or Alaska Native decent.

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.

Air and Waste Management Scholarship Program

Eligibility Individuals must be full-time graduate students pursuing courses of study and research leading to careers in air quality, waste management, environmental management/policy/law, and/or sustainability during the next academic year. Membership is not a requirement for the student or their advisor; however, it is strongly encouraged. The Scholarship is a one-year award. Individuals must reapply to qualify for a second year.

Nick Massaro Memorial Scholarship

Criteria: 1. Must be majoring in Sociology. 2. Must be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. 3. Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA. 4. Scholarship must be used for academic expenses. 5. Financial need is a criteria. Contact Information: Students interested in applying for this scholarship should contact the Administrative Support Coordinator for the Sociology Department ((562) 985-4602).

Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Fund for Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies

Eligibility:Applicants should: * Be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada; * Have completed all academic requirements for the Ph.D., except dissertation, by the date of application; * Demonstrate significant course work in Jewish studies at the graduate level; * Provide evidence of proficiency in a Jewish language (i.e. Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, Aramaic, etc.); * Be in a reasonable position to complete the work of their thesis during their fellowship year ; * Have a proposal or prospectus that has been approved by a thesis committee; * Complete online application in full. Partially completed applications cannot accepted. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that applications are complete by the deadline. A strong preference is given to individuals preparing for academic careers in Jewish studies, and to those who indicate that they will pursue a career in the United States Although occasional grants are awarded to students in other fields of the humanities or social sciences who demonstrate a career commitment to Jewish scholarship. To enable recipients to devote themselves fully to completing the dissertation, it is expected that they will not hold a full-time job or equivalent academic workload during the fellowship year. We request that grantees inform us of any other fellowships or grants they may receive during their fellowship year.Fellowships cannot be postponed or deferred to another year. Grantees who defer their awards will not receive special consideration upon reapplication.For re-applicants only: Because we are transitioning to online application system, you will be required to resubmit a full and completed application online. This will include transcripts and references, as well as a 2-page statement outlining how the project has developed or changed from a previous submission.Previous grantees of the Maurice and Marilyn Cohen Fund for the Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships in Jewish Studies may not reapply.

Ohio University Scholarship

This award is to provide a college opportunity for a student who has demonstrated the commitment to attend Ohio University. The award is for $1,500.00 per year, renewable for four (4) years. This award also includes a $1,500.00 match per year from The 50 Men & Women of Toledo, Inc. 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.

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