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Confession: I was mildly obsessed with Wonder Woman as a child. Sure, her truth lasso and invisible jet were pretty snazzy but even at an early age, it was her strength, attitude and overall approach to life that appealed to me the most. Five minutes into my first college class in the women’s studies department, it became so clear to me: This had to have been Diana Prince’s major!

The beauty of women’s studies is the preparation it gives its majors – not just women, mind you! – to numerous career opportunities. Students in these classes learn about everything from gender to history to sociology and often go on to work in fields including politics, social work, business and economics. These bright futures, however, can’t be achieved without the proper educational funding – something many students struggle to obtain – but it’s becoming easier with the growing list of women's studies scholarships, grants and fellowships available.

Where would one find such ways to pay for school, you ask? Check with your school first: Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Appalachian State, Weber State and the Institute for Women's Studies and Services at the Metropolitan State College of Denver all offer university-based women's studies scholarships to their students. Professional organizations – the National Women’s Studies Association and the National Organization for Women, for example – offer financial aid assistance as well as internship opportunities that allow majors to gain hands-on experience in their intended concentrations.

Scholarships.com, of course, has a wealth of women's studies scholarship opportunities in its database, as well as essay scholarships and scholarships specifically for women. We’ve listed a few women's studies scholarships below but to find more, perform a free scholarship search today.

NWSA Graduate Scholarship

  • Application Deadline: 3/31/2021
  • Amount: $1,000
  • NWSA will award a student who, in the fall of the year of the award, will be engaged in the research or writing stages of a Master's Thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women's studies. The research project must enhance the NWSA mission. This opportunity is open to current NWSA invididual members. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/7/2021
  • Amount: $500
  • The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a research award in recognition of a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation research project in areas of Lesbian, Queer, and LGBT Studies that resonates with the mission of NWSA. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] 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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