Philosophy Scholarships

Thinking inside the box has never been your strong suit. You can do it if you need to (your standardized test scores prove it) but you’d much rather create and formulate without constraints. You’re obviously a thinker but if you have yet to choose a college major, take a few minutes to consider philosophy.

We know what you’re going to say – aren’t philosophers all robe-wearing old guys? – but you’re wrong. Sure, Plato, Socrates and friends fit that description but what about Bruce Lee, Ricky Gervais, Carly Fiorina and Ayn Rand? They all did some work in the field and today, philosophy majors can be found in numerous fields including law, journalism, education, medicine, physics and communications because of the problem solving and critical thinking skills it fosters. In truth, not many become “professional philosophers” but those who do must complete graduate studies to teach at the collegiate level. Before you set foot into your first college class, however, you’re going to need to figure out how to pay for an undergraduate (and possibly graduate) degree. A great way to start? Researching philosophy scholarships!

Many colleges award university-based philosophy scholarships to their students – the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Missouri State, Cal State Long Beach and Colorado State all do – but if yours doesn’t, try your luck with professional organizations: The American Philosophical Society, for example, offers philosophy scholarships, grants and fellowships to U.S. and international students. The federal government can also be of financial assistance: Ever heard of Pell Grants and FSEOGs?

Scholarships are a big deal at (check out our domain name) and we’ve pasted a few philosophy scholarships from our archives below. For more scholarship opportunities, create a profile and conduct a free scholarship search today.

ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest
Application Deadlines: August 01, Annually
The Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives (ALBA) is pleased to announce the continuing annual competition for the George Watt Memorial Essay prizes. Graduate and undergraduate students from the United States and elsewhere are invited to submit an essay or thesis chapter about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in 1920s and 1930s, or the [...] More

Bache Renshaw Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 14, Annually
The ISI Bache Renshaw Fellowship awards each recipient $12,000 toward doctoral study in education that will influence the discipline with the ideas, values, and institutions that are fundamental to America’s Western tradition.

Successful candidates will intend to pursue doctoral study so that they may teach future teachers, shape and influence curricula, and contribute to the larger dialogue [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 19, Annually
The Davidson Fellows Scholarship awards scholarships to extraordinary young people, 18 and under, who have completed a significant piece of work. Application categories are Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Literature, Music, Philosophy and Outside the Box. Davidson Fellows are honored every year in Washington, D.C. with Congressional meetings and a special reception. [...] More

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Center
Application Deadlines:
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: March 01, Annually
Applicants for the Nellie Martin Carman Scholarships must:
- Be a graduating senior from a public high school in the county of King, Pierce or Snohomish in the state of Washington in the year of appointment
- Be a United States citizen
- Plan to attend a college in the state of Washington on a full-time basis

Application forms are only available through the high schools in the counties [...] More

Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 17, Annually
Each year, 10 high school graduating seniors across New York City become part of the Thomas G. Labrecque Smart Start Scholarship Program. Since 1992 the Scholarship program has had an impact on over 450 students throughout the five boroughs of New York City by providing education, work-related and financial benefits.

Scholarship recipients receive a full-tuition scholarship (less financial [...] More

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