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Political Science Scholarships

Here are some of the Political Science scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

James A. Finnegan Award

$1,500.00 for the James A. Finnegan Award; additional individual $1,000 awards; honorable mentions as recommended. Placement in a named summer internship in state government. Finnegan Interns also earn weekly salaries paid by state agencies during their state government employment. The internships are named for the late James A. Finnegan and other men and women who have made important contributions to the "art of government" in Pennsylvania. Summer Experience: Students are assigned positions in state government. These internships may be in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of government. Interns attend seminars with leading elected or appointed public officials and key media personnel. In order to receive the monetary awards, applicants MUST be available to secure an internship during the summer for a minimum of 8 weeks and a maximum of 10 weeks, generally beginning in late May and ending mid to late August. Eligibility: Undergraduates, who at the time of essay submissions, are attending accredited Pennsylvania colleges/universities and Pennsylvania residents attending accredited colleges/universities elsewhere, who have completed at least 1 semester, are eligible to apply.

William C. Foster Fellows Visiting Scholars Program

Foster Fellows must be citizens of the United States, on the faculty of a recognized institution of higher learning, and tenured or on a tenure track or equivalent; they also must have served as a permanent career employee of the institution for at least ninety days before selection for the program. The Department of State is an equal opportunity employer. Selections will be made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or physical handicap that does not interfere with the performance of duties. Prior to appointment, applicants will be subject to a full-field background security investigation for a Top Secret security clearance. Candidates will not be extended a formal offer of appointment until a security clearance has been granted and all other requirements have been met. This procedure can take up to six months. Visiting scholars will also be subject to applicable Federal conflict of interest laws and standards of conduct.

Jerry Clark Memorial Scholarship

Any student in his/her sophomore year of study who is enrolled in a full-time four-year degree program in any accredited college or university, and whose parent. legal guardian, or financially responsible grandparent is an AFSCME member and who meets the following requirements is eligible to apply for the scholarship: a. The student must have a grade point average of 3.0 or above. b. The student must be a political science major.

Congressional Research Grants

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States. The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant. What kind of research projects are eligible for consideration? The Center’s first interest is to fund the study of the leadership in the Congress, both House and Senate. Topics could include external factors shaping the exercise of congressional leadership, institutional conditions affecting it, resources and techniques used by leaders, or the prospects for change or continuity in the patterns of leadership. In addition, The Center invites proposals about congressional procedures, such as committee operation or mechanisms for institutional change, and Congress and the electoral process. The Center also encourages proposals that link Congress and congressional leadership with the creation, implementation, and oversight of public policy. Proposals must demonstrate that Congress, not the specific policy, is the central research interest. See website for more information.

Harry S. Truman Scholarships

The Foundation expects to award 75 to 80 Truman Scholarships on the basis of merit to junior-level students at four-year colleges and universities who: - Have extensive records of public and community service; - Are committed to careers in government or elsewhere in public service, and; - Have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills. In addition, up to three residents of Puerto Rico and the Islands with senior-level academic standing will be selected. Scholars are eligible to receive $3,000 for the senior year of undergraduate education and $27,000 for graduate studies. Scholars in master's degree programs planning to receive degrees in one or two years are eligible to receive $13,500 per year. Scholars in law programs are eligible to receive $13,500 at the start of the third year's second semester if they provide evidence that they will enter public service upon graduation or upon completion of any judicial clerkships after graduation. Scholars in graduate programs requiring three or more years of academic study are eligible to receive $9,000 per year for a maximum of three years. Scholars may attend graduate or professional schools in the United States or in foreign countries. One state scholarship will be available to a qualified resident nominee in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and, considered as a single entity, the Islands: Guam, Virgin Islands, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (Residency is generally determined by home address for school registration, family's primary residence, and voter registration.) The Foundation will select up to 35 at-large Scholars. Each nominee must be: - A full-time junior-level student at a four-year institution pursuing a bachelor's degree during the upcoming academic year. Junior here means a student who plans to continue full-time undergraduate study and who expects to receive a baccalaureate degree or a student in his or third year of collegiate study who expects to graduate during the upcoming academic year, - Enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education, - Committed to a career in public service as defined above, - In the upper quarter of his or her class, and - A United States citizen or a United States national from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Resident aliens (green card holders) are not eligible. Selection Procedures: A committee examines all nominations and selects about 200 Finalists to be interviewed for Truman Scholarships. Finalists are selected on the basis of: - extent and quality of community service and government involvement; - leadership record; - academic performance and writing and analytical skills, and; - suitability of the nominees's proposed program of study for a career in public service. Priority is given to candidates proposing to enroll in graduate and professional programs specifically oriented to careers in public service. These include law programs and master's and doctorate programs in public administration, public policy analysis, public health, international relations, government, economics, social services delivery, education and human resource development, and conservation and environmental protection.

Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

One or more fellowships will be awarded for an academic year (nine or ten months) in residence at the Society's library. Scholars who are no more than three years beyond receipt of the doctorate are eligible to apply. The purpose of the fellowships is to provide the recipient with time and resources to extend research and/or to revise the dissertation for publication. Any topic relevant to the Society's library collections and programmatic scope - that is, American history and culture through 1876 - is eligible. Applicants may come from such fields as history, music history, and other relating to America in the period of the Society's coverage. The fellow is obliged to give first refusal on the resulting manuscript to a new book series published jointly by Cambridge University Press and AAS.

Horizons Foundation Scholarship Program

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 1. Be currently enrolled at an accredited university or college, either full-time or part-time. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Undergraduates must have attained at least junior level status (60 credits). 2. Demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security. 3. Demonstrate financial need. 4. Have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.25. 5. Be a U.S. Citizen. The Foundation focuses on the following preferred fields of study for awarding scholarships: Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, Business, Law, International Relations, Political Science, Operations Research, Economics. Other fields of study will be considered if the applicant can successfully demonstrate relevance to a career in the areas of national security or defense. Recipients of past awards are not restricted from reapplying for future financial assistance.

Hermine Dalkowitz Tobolowsky Scholarship

* Applicant must be a female U.S. citizen * Scholarship monies must be used at an accredited Texas College or University * Applicant must have completed two semesters of studies and present transcripts of all college work * Applicant must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average * Selection will be based on academics and need * Applicant must desire to enter the professions of law, public service, government, political science, or women's history

Denton Scholarship Award

A gift from Leona Denton, wife of Earl A. Denton, Chicago '29, inaugurated the Denton Scholarship Award. The award annually entails an attractive plaque and grant to a graduating senior or current graduate student in the field of International Affairs with an emphasis in World Trade, Economics, Business, or Political Science.

Michael & Marie Marucci Scholarship

Each year at its National Convention in July, the National Federation of the Blind gives a broad array of scholarships to recognize achievement by blind scholars. All applicants for these scholarships must be (1) legally blind and (2) pursuing or planning to pursue a full-time post-secondary course of study in the upcoming fall semester, in the United States, except that one scholarship may be given to a full-time employee also attending school part-time. Recipients of Federation scholarships need not be members of the National Federation of the Blind. Scholarship is for one year. Renewals possible upon reapplication. The winner of this scholarship must be studying a foreign language or comparative literature; pursuing a degree in history, geography, or political science with a concentration in international studies; or majoring in any other discipline that involves study abroad. The winner's file must also show evidence of competence in a foreign language.

Ameen Rihani Scholarship

EligibilityIndividuals are eligible to be nominated as recipients of the ARS if they: * are of Lebanese or other Arab descent; * are citizens/legal permanent residents of the United States; * have attained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale; * will enter a college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking freshman in the fall of the year (students who are already in college are not eligible for an ARS award); * have demonstrated leadership abilities through participation in community service, extracurricular or other activities. Teachers, counselors, and principals are invited to nominate students with outstanding academic qualifications, particularly those who would promote success in the fields of literature, philosophy, or political science. Nominators should review ARS eligibility requirements and are asked to only nominate eligible students.

Andrew Keenan Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Pre-Law Graduates

Eligibility for this scholarship shall be in accordance with the Andrew Keenan Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Pre-law and Political Science Graduates Selection Standards.

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