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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 Scholarships.com (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.

Charles Koch Foundation Dissertation Grant

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Charles G. Koch has supported research and educational programs focused on improving human well-being, especially for the least fortunate, for more than 50 years. The Charles Koch Foundation has continued this mission since its founding in 1980 by supporting the study of free societies, and the ideas, institutions, and values that maximize well-being.

    Eligibility:
    - Superior academic [...] More

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/12/2021
  • Amount: $50,000
  • 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. Applicants [...] More

Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship Fund

  • Application Deadline: 3/1/2021
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Nellie Martin Carman Scholarship is available to graduating seniors from public high schools in King, Pierce, and Snohomish counties in Washington state (and a US citizen). Application forms are only available through these high schools and candidates for the scholarship are nominated by their school each year. Scholarships are renewable for four years of college in the state of Washington. [...] More

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • 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 prestigious program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based [...] More

The Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies

  • Application Deadline: 1/3/2021
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies supports Ph.D. and Post-doctoral candidates pursuing advanced study in the Holocaust. Supported research can include: the immediate historical context in which the Holocaust took place; political, economic, legal, religious or socio-cultural aspects; ethical and moral implications; or other related, relevant topics. Candidates can be studying [...] More

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