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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 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

Western Civilization Fellowship
Application Deadlines: January 14, Annually
The ISI Western Civilization Fellowship awards each recipient $20,000 for graduate work related to Western Civilization studies. Two of these graduate fellowships are awarded annually. The ISI Western Civilization Fellowship Program 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. For more [...] More

Mary Lily Research Grants
Application Deadlines: January 30, 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. The maximum award per applicant is $1,000. We strongly encourage applicants to [...] 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

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