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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: May 01, 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

Lesbian Caucus Award
Application Deadlines:
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

Mary Lily Research Grants
Application Deadlines: January 31, 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: November 30, Annually
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

NWSA Graduate Scholarship
Application Deadlines: May 15, Annually
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 [...] More

The Saul Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies
Application Deadlines: January 03, Annually
The Kagan Fellowship in Advanced Shoah Studies welcomes applications from Ph.D. and post-doc candidates from around the world for funding for the September through the following August academic year.

Ph.D. Requirements:
-Be enrolled and good standing in a Ph.D. program that supports the study of the Holocaust
-Study/have studies a language of Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union [...] More

Last Edited: December 2015

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