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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.

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.

AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability

  • Application Deadline: 11/15/2018
  • Amount: $999
  • The AAHD Frederick J. Krause Scholarship on Health and Disability is awarded annually to a deserving student with a disability who is pursuing undergraduate/graduate studies (must be at least enrolled as a junior in college) in an accredited university who is pursuing studies related to the health and disability, to include, but not limited to public health, health promotion, disability studies, [...] More

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

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2019
  • Amount: $700
  • The Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nickol Scholarship Fund was established in 2003 in memory of Mr. Rose and in honor of Eva. Barnes was a 1951 graduate of Albuquerque High School and a 1957 graduate of West Point. Eva is a longtime New Mexico resident. The fund will award a scholarship to an Albuquerque High School graduate pursuing a bachelor's degree in one of the STEM majors: Science, [...] More

ACF Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/16/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • This fund 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. Scholarships will be awarded to Albuquerque metro area high school graduating seniors (includes Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance Counties). Scholarships are payable over four years.

    Additional [...] More

Alaska Space Grant Program Undergraduate Fellowship

  • Application Deadline: 9/15/2018
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Undergraduate Research Fellowships of up to $5,000 will be awarded through a competitive process. Fellowships are open to new and continuing students to support research projects fostering the vision of NASA by encouraging career goals in STEM disciplines, strengthening the nation's STEM workforce and engaging Americans in NASA's mission. Students receiving awards in past competitions may apply [...] More

ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest

  • Application Deadline: 7/1/2018
  • Amount: $250
  • This annual essay competition was established in 1998 to honor Lincoln vet George Watt, a writer and lifelong activist central to the creation of ALBA. Students from anywhere in the world 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 the 1920s and 1930s, or the lifetime histories and [...] More

Boston University Robert Noyce Scholarship Programs

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Boston University is excited to announce the Noyce Scholarship Program in Mathematics, a new initiative to prepare middle school and high school mathematics teachers. With funding from the National Science Foundation and the School of Education and in collaboration with six local school districts and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Noyce Program will train up to 13 graduate students [...] More

Catching The Dream Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: Varies
  • Catching the Dream seeks to address this deficiency. Our high-priority areas of study are math, engineering, science, business, education, and computers. These fields of study are critical to the future of Indian people and the nation, and Native Americans are very underrepresented in these fields.

    Catching the Dream is a national Native American education and scholarship center.
    Our strategy [...] More

Cleveland State University Robert J. Noyce Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $25,000
  • Full tuition fellowships awarded to highly qualified applicants committed to addressing social justice and change in Urban School and Communities.

    Scholarship Eligibility Requirements:
    -Be enrolled in the Master of Urban Secondary Teachers MUST program specializing in Math
    -Commit to teaching in either Biology and Earth Science, Biology and Chemistry, Chemistry and Physics, Physics and [...] More

Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications

  • Application Deadline: 4/30/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • Wouldn't a scholarship help you breathe a little easier? Truth Initiative is offering college and graduate students a chance to earn the "Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for Outreach and Health Communications to Reduce Tobacco Use Among Priority Populations." The annual scholarship competition empowers and supports students eager to help Truth Initiative achieve a generation for whom tobacco use is [...] More

Elms College STEM Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • The Elms College ElmSTEM program, supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, awards scholarship funds to students who major in STEM fields and attend Elms College full-time. In order to apply, you must be a prospective full-time, first-year student at Elms College; be a prospective major in biology, computer information technology, chemistry, or mathematics, except for clinical [...] More

EPP Undergraduate Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2019
  • Amount: $45,000
  • 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

Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 1/31/2019
  • Amount: $9,500
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to: (1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve [...] More

ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/8/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships were established to encourage minority students to pursue college degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. The scholarship program was created in 2010 by Dr. Bernard Harris, a former astronaut, physician, and businessman, and ExxonMobil to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing careers in [...] More

FLASH International Code Council Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Amount: $1,500
  • The International Code Council (ICC) Scholarship is available to master and doctorate students performing research in any one of the following areas:

    -The effectiveness of building codes against natural disasters
    -Education/outreach research focused on building codes
    -Research into the incentives and impediments for building code adoption/enforcement

    Eligibility:
    -Must possess a [...] More

Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 3/14/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Fontana Transport Inc. Scholars Program is open to underrepresented, low-income and first-generation college-bound students. Students must be pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time in transportation, math, science, engineering, architecture, environmental design, PreMed, psychology, Spanish language/literature. The applicant does not have to be a U.S. citizen but must have a minimum 3.5 [...] More

Furman University Furman Scholars Program

  • Application Deadline: 6/1/2018
  • Amount: $20,000
  • The Furman Scholars program seeks to honor high school juniors who exhibit strong academic potential, demonstrate leadership potential, and show significant involvement in extracurricular activities and community service. High school guidance counselors nominate current juniors to participate in the program. Students selected as Furman Scholars are eligible to receive at least $7,500 in [...] More

Gloria Barron Wilderness Society Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2019
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Graduate students meeting the eligibility requirements noted below may apply directly to The Wilderness Society.

    Eligibility:
    -Be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in North America
    -Have strong academic qualifications
    -Have academic and/or career goals focused on making a significant positive difference in the long-term protection of wilderness in the United States. Graduate [...] More

ISF National Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 3/21/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • The Islamic Scholarship Fund (ISF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity founded in 2009 whose mission is to address the under-representation of American Muslims in the fields and occupations that influence public opinion and make public policy. Our belief is that fostering education and improving Muslim representation in all walks of life including media and politics will lead to full integration and [...] More

James M. & Erma T. Freemont Scholarship Program

  • Application Deadline: 2/3/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • The Freemont Foundation Scholarship Program is available to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, qualified recipients will become Freemont Scholars.

    Eligibility:
    - Must be a graduating high school senior (must plan on attending a HBCU) or an undergraduate students (must currently attend a HBCU); graduate students [...] More

JASC-Nielsen STEM Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/2/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • In recognition of the community's achievements and its enduring values, Nielsen supports the next generation of Asian American leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) with these two scholarships.

    Eligibility:
    -Applicant must be either a high school senior or currently enrolled as a student in a college or university
    -Area of college study must be in either [...] More

Jesse L. Jackson-Fellows Toyota Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/1/2019
  • Amount: $25,000
  • The Jesse Jackson Fellows-Toyota Scholarship is a renewable scholarship that awards up to $25,000 dollars annually to deserving African-American college sophomores. Students who are interested in applying for the scholarship must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, be a business or STEM (Science, technology, engineering and/or math) major that can be applied to the automotive industry, [...] More

Marcus Raper Zimmerman Fund

  • Application Deadline: 8/15/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • The purpose of the fund is to provide post-secondary scholarship assistance to handicapped individuals, or to those persons preparing themselves to work with the handicapped. The scholarship may provide a non-renewable award for students who will pursue a first-time, two- or four-year degree, certificate, or diploma from accredited post-secondary
    institutions. Scholarships will be applied to the [...] More

MIT Inspire Competition

  • Application Deadline: 11/30/2018
  • Amount: Varies
  • MIT INSPIRE is the first national research competition for high school students in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. The competition is organized by MIT undergraduates. Participating high school students, as individuals or teams of two will submit research reports in one of 13 fields, such as history, economics, or philosophy. Approximately 100 finalists with the most exceptional reports [...] More

National Space Club Keynote Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 12/2/2018
  • Amount: $10,000
  • Provided to a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate student with definite plans to pursue a career in the science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) fields.

    Eligibility:
    -Must be a U.S. citizen
    -The scholarship is open to seniors in high school through graduate students
    -The applicant must have the intention of pursuing a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an [...] More

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $44,000
  • 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

Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development

  • Application Deadline: 5/31/2018
  • Amount: $45,000
  • The Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development is open to undergraduate and graduate students from accredited universities across the United States. Students must be enrolled full-time for the academic term in which the competition takes place. Projects may be undertaken individually or in a group of no more than three students under the supervision of an Advising Professor. If in a group, [...] More

Parkinson's Disease Foundation Summer Student Fellowship Program

  • Application Deadline: 1/26/2019
  • Amount: $4,000
  • PDF's Summer Fellowship Program is used to support students - from advanced undergraduates to medical students - in their pursuit of Parkinson's-related summer research projects. The goal of the Summer Fellowship is to cultivate an early interest in Fellows into the cause and possible treatments for Parkinson's disease. Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the [...] More

Presbyterian Student Opportunity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 5/15/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • The Student Opportunity Scholarship program serves Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) college students by providing need-based aid for sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are full-time, first-degree students attending accredited institutions in the United States. Student Opportunity Scholarship applicants will explore who God created them to be in a series of essay questions intended for students to [...] More

Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 12/15/2018
  • Amount: $60,000
  • Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarships are open to high school seniors and college freshmen, sophomores, and juniors who will graduate or have graduated from high school in one of the following Middle Tennessee counties: Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Clay, Coffee, Cumberland, Davidson, Dekalb, Dickson, Fentress, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Jackson, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, [...] More

SHPE Professional Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 4/15/2019
  • Amount: $2,000
  • SHPE will provide $2,000 to applicants who are employed full-time in the U.S. or Puerto Rico in a technical career field and enrolled at least half-time (6 hours) in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degree program and maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the academic year. Applicant must be pursuing a first master's or doctoral degree. Applicant must be a paid SHPE member in good [...] More

Study & Internship Program (SIP) in Germany - UAS7

  • Application Deadline: 2/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • Internships typically last 5-6 months, but UAS7 research internships may run from 2-6 months, depending on the specifications of the project description. Recipients will receive a full tuition waiver for both semesters (enrollment is also required during the internship to maintain residency in Germany) and the benefits provided to exchange students at the host UAS. Successful SIP applicants are [...] More

TEACH Grant

  • Application Deadline: Varies
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The TEACH Grant Program provides grants to students who are completing or plan to complete course work needed to begin a career in teaching.

    To receive a TEACH Grant, you must:
    -Meet the basic eligibility criteria for the federal student aid programs
    -Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
    -Be enrolled as an undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, or graduate student at a [...] More

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund College Scholarships

  • Application Deadline: 4/2/2019
  • Amount: $5,000
  • HSF/ General College Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage in obtaining a college degree. Scholarships are available on a competitive basis to graduating high school seniors, community college transfer students, undergraduate students and graduate students. Applicants must be of Hispanic heritage and have a minimum of 3.0 GPA for high school students. A minimum of 2.5 [...] More

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago Academic Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/1/2019
  • Amount: $8,000
  • Educational scholarship funds from grants administered by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago are available for Jewish college and graduate students. Approximately $500,000 is available each year for full-time students, predominantly those legally domiciled in the metropolitan Chicago area, who are identified as having promise for significant contributions in their chosen careers. [...] More

TKE Carrol C. Hall Memorial Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/15/2019
  • Amount: Varies
  • A leader in the formation of the TKE Educational Foundation, Carrol C. Hall served as a member of its Board of Directors. Frater Hall was initiated a Teke at Iota Chapter at Eureka College. He was the recipient of the Order of the Golden Eagle Award in 1987. The Directors of the Foundation established this scholarship through the Hall estate in recognition of dedication to TKE during his lifetime [...] More

Universities Space Research Association (USRA) Scholarship Awards

  • Application Deadline: 8/9/2018
  • Amount: $4,000
  • The USRA Scholarship Awards provide college scholarship awards to students who have shown a career interest in space science research, aeronautics-related sciences, or space science education. To be considered, applicants must be full-time undergraduate students attending a four-year accredited college or university that offers courses leading to a degree in science or engineering. Applicants [...] More

Washington State Opportunity Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 2/28/2019
  • Amount: $7,500
  • 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. [...] More

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