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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.

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 Scholarships.com to find not only social science scholarships, but scholarships based on your other unique characteristics.

Dr. Alma Adams Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 30, Annually
As an expression of gratitude to Dr. Alma S. Adams for giving six years of dedicated service and leadership on its Board of Directors, the American Legacy Foundation has established a scholarship fund in her honor. The Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to reduce tobacco use among Priority Populations will award a total of $10,000 annually for up to two [...] More

Society For The Scientific Study Of Sexuality (Student Research Grant)
Application Deadlines: Varies
Each year the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality awards two grants of $1,000 each to students who are doing sexuality research. The purpose of the research can be a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, but this is not a requirement. Applicants must be enrolled in a degree granting program and members of the SSSS. Deadlines for submission of applications are February 1st and June [...] More

Catching The Dream MESBEC Program
Application Deadlines: Varies
Formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund, Catching the Dream (CTD) was chartered in 1986 to help provide Indian tribes, Indian communities and tribal organizations with professionally trained and educated Native Americans. The MESBEC program is the oldest of CTD's programs providing scholarships for high-potential Native American students in Math, Engineering, Science, Business, [...] More

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers Scholarships
Application Deadlines: May 01, Annually
SHPE members who demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are encouraged to apply. Merit and need-based scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 will be awarded based on specific eligibility criteria listed in the application. Please note: We have transitioned to a 100% paperless application process via STARS Online. You will be [...] More

Islamic Scholarship Fund
Application Deadlines: April 06, Annually
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 [...] More

Army Staff Sgt. Special Agent Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship
Application Deadlines: January 31, Annually
Please read fully, and do not send postal mail, use our web form at the website for asking for more information and getting a quicker answer. Also, please review other scholarships we have on our website. The Army Staff Sgt. Richard S. Eaton Jr., Scholarship provides $1,000 in honor of Staff Sgt. Richard Eaton, a United States Army Counterintelligence Special Agent and Bronze Star recipient who [...] More

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

Ahadi Women in Science Scholarship
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Ahadi Women in Science Scholarship is an annual Scholarship to be awarded to a female graduating senior of any Monroe County high school who is entering any field of science. This is a $500 award. Applications must be submitted by the 15th day of January, April, July or October to the address below: The Community Foundation of Monroe County 111 East First Street Monroe, MI 48161 For more [...] More

Alaska Space Grant Program Fellowships
Application Deadlines: September 13, Annually
The Alaska Space Grant Program (ASGP), a participant in the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, invites applications from U. S. citizens for undergraduate student scholarships. These stipends are offered to students majoring in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) fields. Stipends available under this announcement are limited to students attending Alaska [...] More

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes for U.S. Graduate Students (EAPSI)
Application Deadlines: November 25, Annually
The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) provide U.S. graduate students in science and engineering: 1) first-hand research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; 2) an introduction to the science, science policy, and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and 3) an orientation to the society, culture and language. The primary [...] More

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship awards $10,000 to a graduate students for the coming academic year to support research and preparation of a paper on an aspect of wilderness. Proposals relating to climate change are strongly encouraged. Additional funding will be provided to pay travel expenses for the recipient to work with staff members of The Wilderness Society on this [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program
Application Deadlines: January 30, Annually
The goal of the EPP Undergraduate Scholars Program is to increase the number of students who undertake course work and graduate with degrees in targeted academic fields integral to NOAA's mission. This program targets students who have completed their sophomore year, attending minority serving institutions (MSIs), and have recently declared, or about to declare a major in atmospheric, oceanic, or [...] 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 on [...] More

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Center
Application Deadlines: October 29, Annually
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

Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
The Presbyterian Church-U.S.A. Student Opportunity Scholarships serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students in select majors (Education, Health Service/Science, Religious Studies, Sacred Music, Social Service/Science) by providing aid for the expenses of their third and fourth years of an undergraduate program. Preference in this program is extended to racial ethnic students in order to [...] More

TEACH Grant
Application Deadlines: Varies
The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant Program will provide grants of up to $4,000 per year to students who intend to teach in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves students from low-income families. In exchange for receiving a TEACH Grant, the student must teach for at least four academic years within eight calendar years of [...] More

University of Rochester FIRST Scholarship
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The University of Rochester, in partnership with "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology", will commit five $40,000 ($10,000 annual) awards to students enrolling as first-year students at the University of Rochester. Students who wish to qualify for the FIRST Robotics Scholarship must have competed on a FIRST team, and must submit a letter from their FIRST team coordinator. [...] More

WIFLE Scholarship
Application Deadlines: April 17, Annually
The WIFLE Foundation (WIFLE) is an organization whose goal is to achieve gender equity within federal law enforcement through the recruitment, retention and promotion of qualified women in law enforcement, and to develop an information-sharing and support network for all women in law enforcement. In July 2006, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics announced that as of [...] More

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