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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.

AWMF & Loreen Arbus Foundation Focus on Disability Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
Our mission is to utilize the media to create positive change. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation supports educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the media and allied fields.

This journalist scholarship program consists of one scholarship, made payable directly to the winning student's educational institute. The [...] More

Mary Lily Research Grants
Application Deadlines: January 29, Annually
The Mary Lily Research Grants are for research using the collections held by the Sallie Bingham Center. Grant money may be used for travel to the Duke University's Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, costs of copying pertinent archival resources, and living expenses while pursuing research here. We strongly encourage applicants to speak with the public services librarian [...] More

MIT Inspire Competition
Application Deadlines:
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 [...] More

Noet Humanities Scholarship
Application Deadlines: March 31, Annually
The Noet Humanities Research Library offers a $500 scholarship and entry takes just a minute: enter your phone and email address in the form to the right, and then earn extra entries by filling out the rest of the steps. No need for personal statements, résumés, or letters of recommendation - just a minute's work for the chance to win big. To enter, you must be currently enrolled in an [...] More

NWSA Graduate Scholarship Award
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
NWSA will award $1,000 to a student who, in the coming fall, 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 be on women and must enhance the NWSA mission. Applicants must be members of NWSA at the time of [...] More

NWSA Lesbian Caucus Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
The purpose of the annual NWSA Lesbian Caucus Award is to provide a $500 research award in recognition of a Master’s Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation research project that resonates with the mission of NWSA and the goals of the Lesbian Caucus.

Graduate students embarking on this phase of their academic career are encouraged to submit an award application packet. Membership in NWSA is encouraged [...] More

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies
Application Deadlines: January 04, Annually
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference) is offering a limited number of fellowships for Ph.D. and postdoctoral candidates conducting research on the Holocaust.

The Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies aims to strengthen Shoah studies and Holocaust memory throughout the world. Our mission is to support the advanced study of the [...] More

Western Civilization Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 16, Annually
The ISI Western Civilization Fellowship is designed to address our culture’s loss of memory by supporting at the graduate level the study of the institutions, values, and history of the West.

The Western Civilization Fellowship is granted to current graduate students with a research interest in and dedication to the Western tradition. Applicants must be:
-Members of the Intercollegiate [...] More

Last Edited: December 2015

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