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Social Science Scholarships

The social sciences make up a broad field of inquiry concerned with a wide range of aspects of human life and interaction. From anthropology to sociology to political science to economics, social sciences take an analytical approach to the basics of society. Social science majors tend to be some of the most interesting and varied programs of study in college and by learning about people, broadening your perspective and honing your critical thinking skills, your experience as a social science major can help you succeed in a number of fields after you graduate from college.

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In the meantime, though, there’s the problem of paying for school. A college degree is expensive and not all social science majors can count on a large salary immediately after graduation, especially if they find themselves drawn to non-profit work or academia. There are a variety of financial aid sources available to social science students, however. General interest scholarships, such as essay scholarships, can be good choices for social science majors, since analysis and persuasive writing are likely to be among your strong suits.

Finding Specific Social Science Scholarships

Since social science is such a broad subject area, a wide range of social science scholarship opportunities fall under its umbrella, including scholarships for sociology, anthropology, political science, economics, social work, communication studies and humanities-based majors like history, linguistics and cultural studies. Major-specific scholarships are available for a variety of disciplines within the social sciences. You can check with your department and your school’s financial aid office for some social science scholarship opportunities for students in your particular major as well as contacting the Social Science Research Council for grants and fellowships. You can also conduct a free college scholarship search at to find not only social science scholarships, but scholarships based on your other unique characteristics.

MIT THINK Out of the Box Scholars Program

  • Amount $1,000
  • Deadline January 1, 2024

The MIT THINK Scholars Program, part of MIT TechX, fosters student-led innovation in STEM fields. It offers mentorship and funding to high school students across the US to turn their research proposals into reality. Scholarship Details Initiative of MIT TechX for promoting student-led innovation in STEM. Accepts project proposals from high school students across the ... Read more

Furman University Merit-Based Scholarships

  • Amount $296,720
  • Deadline January 15, 2024

Merit-based scholarships support students who show great potential to make a positive impact on the Furman community. In awarding merit-based scholarships, we consider: GPA; strength of curriculum; test scores (if submitted); essay; and extracurricular activities. Your application for admission also serves as your application for merit-based scholarships. Individual criteria will vary by ... Read more

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Amount $45,000
  • Deadline January 31, 2024

The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship provides funds for two years of undergraduate study majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) discipline related to NOAA's programs and mission. The program is targeted toward students who have completed their sophomore year and are attending minority-serving institutions (MSIs). You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. national who is ... Read more

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Amount $19,000
  • Deadline January 31, 2024

The Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid internship at an NOAA facility during the summer. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, currently enrolled or accepted as a full-time second-year student in a four-year academic ... Read more

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship Program

  • Amount $2,500
  • Deadline February 4, 2024

The Freemont Foundation focuses on assisting students in their pursuit of excellence across diverse fields such as STEM and financial literacy. Each year, they grant scholarships to deserving students attending higher education institutions, having already awarded 80 "Freemont Scholars" in the first ten years. Additionally, they have partnered with Ramsey Education to introduce financial literacy ... Read more

PG&E NuEnergy Scholarship

  • Amount $5,000
  • Deadline February 23, 2024

PG&E and its employee groups offer a wide range of scholarships to help the next generation of Californians succeed and innovate in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), as well as other disciplines. The PG&E Employee Resource Group (ERG) and Engineering Network Group (ENG) scholarships are supported by PG&E and through the fundraising and contributions of the following employee ... Read more

Washington State Baccalaureate Scholarship

  • Amount $22,500
  • Deadline February 29, 2024

The Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) supports low- and middle-income students pursuing eligible high-demand majors in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) or health care and encourages recipients to work in Washington state once they complete their degrees. Students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA and plan to enroll in an eligible Washington state college or university. For ... Read more

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Amount $40,000
  • Deadline March 1, 2024

Elms College is a modern part of a living tradition established over 300 years ago by the Sisters of St. Joseph — a bold group of devout, progressive changemakers. We are dedicated to providing a rigorous education animated by a community where all are welcome. Elms is a private college that strives to be accessible to all. We believe education is not an end in itself, but a path to discovering ... Read more

Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship

  • Amount $2,000
  • Deadline March 3, 2024

Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship Fund is supported by Advocates for African-Americans, a Duke Energy employee resource group in Charlotte. It was founded by Duke Energy employees in 1996 to attract, nurture, develop and promote a diverse workforce. Advocates for African Americans Carolinas Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to college-bound students from North and South ... Read more

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Amount $5,000
  • Deadline March 14, 2024

The Fontana Transport Inc Scholars Program is for first generation high school seniors who are underrepresented, need financial assistance and are passionate about furthering their education as a means to help out their family, community and themselves. We want to be able to find, sponsor, and guide leaders who are determined to succeed by all means possible regardless of their struggles, lack of ... Read more

Catching The Dream Program

  • Amount $5,000
  • Deadline March 15, 2024

Throughout the United States, Native American communities suffer from a lack of qualified professionals—teachers, engineers, doctors, communication specialists, business managers, social workers and technicians. Well-paying jobs exist in Indian communities, but few Indians are prepared to fill them. Hospitals, dental clinics, schools, engineering and agricultural projects remain understaffed and ... Read more

ISF Scholarships

  • Amount $10,000
  • Deadline March 21, 2024

To be eligible for the ISF Scholarships, applicants must: be Muslim or active members of the Muslim community; have enrollment full-time at an accredited university in the U.S. by August or be employed full-time in an ISF Supported Field and a part-time student at an accredited university in the U.S.; be majoring in an ISF Supported Field; be maintaining a minimum 3.0 Grade Point Average; be a ... Read more

ACF Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nichol Scholarship Program

  • Amount $800
  • Deadline April 6, 2024

The Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nickol Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 in honor of Albuquerque High alum and 1957 West Point grad Barnes W. Rose and his aunt, longtime New Mexico resident, Eva Rose Nickol. This award is for an Albuquerque High School senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in one of the STEM majors - Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics. To be eligible, ... Read more

ACF Woodcock Family Education Scholarship

  • Amount $40,000
  • Deadline April 6, 2024

The ACF Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Program was established in 1993 by Albuquerque businessman C.E. (Woody) Woodcock and his wife, Dixie, to support students of exceptional promise in the fields of science and math. This is intended for students with strong math and/or science credentials. Scholarships will be awarded to Albuquerque metro area high school graduating seniors (includes ... Read more

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

  • Amount $25,000
  • Deadline April 24, 2024

Graduate students meeting the eligibility requirements noted below may apply directly to The Wilderness Society. If you are an applicant, please make sure you meet all of the scholarship eligibility requirements, and follow the application procedures provided. We welcome applicants from diverse academic disciplines, regions, and universities. Applicants for the Gloria Barron Wilderness Society ... Read more

Jesse L. Jackson-Fellows Toyota Scholarship

  • Amount $25,000
  • Deadline May 1, 2024

The PUSH Excel Scholarship Program was created to assist young people who are qualified but lack the financial resources to attend college. The goal of the program is to develop servant leadership potential in the scholarship students and encourage a spirit of social justice and social change. Applicants should apply for the scholarship that best fits their particular situation. You may apply for ... Read more

Zonta Milwaukee Scholarships

  • Amount $1,000
  • Deadline June 1, 2024

Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. With more than 30,000 members belonging to more than 1,200 Zonta Clubs in 67 countries and geographic areas, Zontians all over the world volunteer their time, talents and support to local and international service projects, as well as scholarship programs ... Read more

TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship

  • Amount $10,000
  • Deadline August 1, 2024

Each year the makers of TYLENOL award annual scholarships to well deserving students pursuing careers in healthcare. Twenty-three years and over eight million dollars later, we're proud to continue a tradition that supports those dedicated to a lifetime of caring for others. The makers of TYLENOL are proud to provide support to exceptional students as they pursue careers caring for others. ... Read more

USRA Distinguished Undergraduate Awards

  • Amount $5,000
  • Deadline August 9, 2024

The USRA Distinguished Undergraduate Awards provides college scholarships to students who have shown a career interest in fields of space science, aerospace engineering, aeronautics-related sciences, or space science education. Eligible majors may include, but are not limited to, aerospace engineering, astronomy, astrobiology, computer science, earth science, electrical engineering, geophysics, ... Read more

Alaska Space Grant Program- Undergraduate

  • Amount Varies
  • Deadline September 15, 2024

The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP) is a consortium of public and private universities and non-profit organizations that sponsors a broad range of programs to enhance teaching, research, and educational outreach within aerospace and earth science, and other NASA related STEM disciplines throughout Alaska. The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP) was established at the University of Alaska ... Read more

The Gates Scholarship

  • Amount $160,000
  • Deadline September 15, 2024

The Gates Scholarship: Full Funding for Outstanding Minority Students The Gates Scholarship (TGS) stands as a beacon for talented, minority high school seniors hailing from low-income backgrounds. Designed to uplift promising student leaders, The Gates Scholarship offers a comprehensive funding solution covering all attendance costs not already met by existing financial aid or family ... Read more

Boston University’s Noyce Scholarship Program

  • Amount Varies
  • Deadline Varies

The Enacting Curriculum Through Engaging Discourse (EnaCTED) Project (2018-2023) is a collaboration of the Wheelock College of Education and Human Development and the College of Arts and Sciences at Boston University and school districts in the Boston area. This program focuses on preparing teachers to design and use high quality mathematics curriculum and discourse-based instruction to support ... Read more


  • Amount $4,000
  • Deadline Varies

The TEACH Grant Program provides grants to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching. You must be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student at a school that participates in the TEACH Grant Program and meet certain academic achievement requirements (generally, scoring above the 75th percentile on one or more ... Read more

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Amount $49,000
  • Deadline Varies

The National Science Foundation supports fellowships for outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time, research-based masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering or math or STEM education. NSF GRFP was established to recruit and support individuals who demonstrate the potential to make significant contributions in STEM. Thus, NSF especially encourages ... Read more

Last Reviewed: December 2023