Social Sciences: College Scholarships
Graduate Fellowships, Postdoctoral Research Awards for Students

Anthropology, Communication Studies, Criminology, Economics, Geography, History, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Social Studies, Sociology

K-12 College Graduate Postgrad

Brookings Institution — Research Programs


The Legis Congressional Fellowship

Oct 26
Immerse yourself in legislative activity, brief members of Congress, plan and take part in committee hearings and more. You will return to your organization with a clear understanding of congressional policymaking, enhanced political acumen and an enduring network of valuable contacts on Capitol Hill.

Echoing Green — Fellowship Programs


The Global Fellowship

Oct 30
The Global Fellowship is for smart leaders who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions that may work best for their communities. Any emerging social entrepreneur from any part of the world working to disrupt the status quo may apply.
High School Seniors Internships and Summer Jobs Biomedical Internships International Study Abroad
Hispanics, Latinos Nationally Coveted Teachers College & Graduate School
Minorities Engineers & Computer Sci. Medical School Ethnic Groups & Studies
Minority Health High School Students Public Health Library Studies & History
Women Biology & Environmental Sci. Cancer Research Media Communications
African Americans Physical Sciences & Math Nurses Free Scholarships
Native Americans Social Sciences Arts & Humanities Updates

School of Advanced Research


Resident Scholars Fellowships

Nov 5
Nine-month Resident Scholar Fellowships are awarded to scholars who have completed their research and analysis in the social sciences, humanities, and Native arts and who need time to reflect, debate, and write. Two-month Summer Scholar Fellowships are awarded to scholars in the social sciences, humanities, and Native arts to pursue research or writing projects.

Social Science Research Council — Fellowships and Prizes


International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships (IDRF)

Nov 7
The program is open to graduate students in the humanities and social sciences - regardless of citizenship - enrolled in doctoral programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research outside of the United States.


Current and upcoming opportunities to apply for SSRC fellowships and grants.

Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships — USA and International Programs


USA Program

Jun 13
The USA program provides overseas exposure of 4-5 weeks designed to enhance Fellows' professional and personal growth, develop new contacts, and promote the exchange of ideas and international understanding. Fellows have meetings with leaders in their field, as well as cultural site visits and hospitality by local citizens.

International Fellowships

Multi Nation, Single Region, and Common Interest programs offer a unique opportunity for emerging leaders aged 32-45 with a record of achievement and high potential for further advancements to broaden their horizons through the exchange of perspectives with U.S. leaders.

Leo Baeck Institute — Fellowships


David Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship

Nov 14
The fellowship provides financial assistance to scholars whose research projects are connected with the writings of Professor David Baumgardt or his scholarly interests, including Ethics, Wissenschaft des Judentums and the Modern Intellectual History of German-speaking Jewry.

United States Institute of Peace — Grants and Fellowships

Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace: Peace Scholar Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Dec 12
Awards nonresidential Peace Scholar Dissertation Scholarships to students at U.S. universities who are writing doctoral dissertations on topics related to peace, conflict, and international security.

Jennings Randolph Program for International Peace: Senior Fellowships for Scholars, Policymakers, Journalists, and Other Professionals

Provides scholars, policy analysts, policymakers, and other experts with opportunities to spend time in residence at the Institute, reflecting and writing on pressing international peace and security challenges.

Additional Fellowship Opportunities

Each year USIP offers a limited number of additional fellowship opportunities focusing on specific issue areas and/or conflict zones outstanding scholars, policymakers and other professionals who work in areas that advance our understanding of issues central to USIP's mandate.



Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship — up to $96,000

Dec 21
The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $93,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service.

National Institute of Justice — Fellowship Programs


Graduate Research Fellowships

Mar 12
Provides assistance to universities for dissertation research support to outstanding doctoral students undertaking independent research on issues related to crime and justice.

W.E.B. du Bois Fellowships

Dec 24
Places particular emphasis on crime, violence and the administration of justice in diverse cultural contexts within the United States.

Visiting Fellowships

Offers criminal justice professionals and researchers a unique opportunity to participate in research addressing criminal justice issues relevant to the work of NIJ and public policy.

Association of American Geographers — Grants and Awards Programs


Dissertation Research Grants

Dec 31
You are eligible to apply if you have been an AAG member for at least one year at the time you submit your application, you do not have a doctorate at the time of the award, and you will have completed all Ph.D. requirements except the dissertation by the end of the semester or term following approval of your award.

Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research — Available Fellowships


Resident Scholars

Jan 12
Each resident scholar engages in an independent rhythm of reflection and writing, discernment and conversation. Bringing together diverse traditions, cultures, disciplines, and projects, the participants form a scholarly and prayerful community.

The Washington Center, Internships


Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Jan 12
The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Stanford University, Center for International Security and Cooperation — Fellowships and Funding

Pre/Postdoctoral Fellowships Related to Peace and International Security

Jan 16
Pre- and post-doctoral scholars, junior faculty, policy practitioners, and, in special cases, mid-career professionals in journalism, law, the military, government, or international organizations, either from the U.S. or abroad. Scholars in the natural sciences and engineering, and related fields who are pursuing significant science-based research and are interested in using their technical knowledge to do policy-relevant research in international security.

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) — Fellowships

Multi-Country Research Fellowship

Jan 24
The Council of American Overseas Research Centers Multi-Country Research Fellowship Program supports advanced regional or trans-regional research in the humanities, social sciences, or allied natural sciences for U.S. doctoral candidates and scholars who have already earned their Ph.D. Preference will be given to candidates examining comparative and/or cross-regional research. Scholars must carry out research in two or more countries outside the United States, at least one of which hosts a participating American overseas research center.



The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs

Jan 9
Applicants may include individuals who have recently completed their undergraduate or graduate degrees, as well as those with several years of work experience. Coro Fellows are diverse, talented individuals committed to positive change in their communities throughout their lives and careers. They are emerging innovators in business, policy and government who demonstrate exceptional leadership through their accomplishments, curiosity and civic involvement. Fellows are brought together by a common interest in creative leadership and civic engagement, and building strong connections that will support them as they drive impact in their cities and organizations.

George Mason University, Institute for Humane Studies — Scholarships and Grants

The IHS PhD Scholarship: $1,500 for doctoral students

Feb 28
IHS awards the IHS PhD Scholarships each year to promising students dedicated to developing, teaching, and applying the principles of a free society. The PhD Scholarship is intended for first-time participants in any IHS program.

Graduate Fellowships in Humane Studies

Humane Studies Fellowships are awarded to graduate students and outstanding undergraduates embarking on liberty-advancing careers in ideas. The fellowships support study in a variety of fields, including economics, philosophy, law, political science, history, and sociology.

Summer Graduate Research Fellowships in Research and Writing

The Summer Graduate Research Fellowship is a non-residential research and writing program that provides an opportunity to refine and complete a publishable scholarly article or thesis chapter that engages ideas within the classical liberal tradition.

Internships and Job Opportunities

Participate in an intensive public policy internship at an organization focused on state, federal, or single-issue policies. The journalism program offers paid internships in print, broadcast, new media, and investigative journalism at daily newspapers, major media outlets, and state policy think tanks across the country.

National Research Council (NRC) — Research Associateship Programs

Postdoctoral Research Associateship Programs for Scientists and Engineers Tenable at U.S. Laboratories and NASA Research Centers

Nov 1
May 1
Aug 1

The mission of the NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) is to promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U. S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.

Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Center for Nonproliferation Studies — Nonproliferation Education


Middlebury Institute Merit Scholarships — $4,000 to $16,000 per year

Feb 1
Nov 1

Both U.S. and international students are eligible for Middlebury Institute Merit Scholarships. All admitted students are considered for merit scholarships, if you submit your application by one of our priority scholarship deadlines. No additional application materials are required.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation


Dissertation Fellowships to Increase Understanding of the Causes, Manifestations, and Control of Violence, Aggression, and Dominance

Feb 1
These fellowships are designed to contribute to the support of the doctoral candidate to enable him or her to complete the thesis in a timely manner and are only appropriate for students approaching the final year of their Ph.D. work.

The Carter Center — Get Involved

Internships in International Relations for Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors, Graduate Students, and Recent Graduates

Mar 1
Jun 15
Oct 15

Carter Center interns come from around the world and make vital contributions to the Center's work. In turn, the Center provides a substantive learning experience that serves as a basis for interns to explore their career options and to attain professional skills.

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues — Fellowships

The James Marshall Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Mar 1
The Marshall Fellowship is open to post-doctoral scientists from any discipline relevant to the psychological study of social issues. Applicants must hold a PhD or PsyD before the start of the fellowship and be a member of SPSSI. Candidates must demonstrate interest or involvement in the application of social science to social issues and policies, have a sound scientific background, and demonstrate sensitivity toward policy issues. Candidates should be interested in and knowledgeable about at least one current social issue such as homelessness, violence, adolescent pregnancy, child abuse, etc.

Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship

Mar 15
Provides an opportunity for a graduate student of color to work on public policy issues in Washington, DC. Applicants must be currently enrolled and in good standing in an accredited graduate program in psychology or a related field. In addition they must be members of an ethnic minority group (including, but not limited to, African American, Alaskan Native, American Indian, Asian American, Hispanic, and Pacific Islander) and/or have demonstrated a commitment to a career with a focus on ethnic minority issues. Applicants should not have completed their graduate program by the time they begin the fellowship.

Applied Social Issues Internship

Apr 25
Undergraduate seniors (rising seniors included), graduate students, and first-year post doctorates in psychology, applied social science, and related disciplines are eligible to apply. Applicant must be a SPSSI member. To encourage research that is conducted in cooperation with a community or government organization, public interest group or other not-for-profit entity that will benefit directly from the project.

Mathematica Policy Research


Summer Fellowships: Pursuing Self-Directed, Issues-Oriented Research

Mar 14
The program supports independent, self-directed research on economic or social problems that affect minority groups and individuals with disabilities. Students enrolled in a master's or Ph.D. program in public policy or a social science. Minority students and students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Open Society Foundations — Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships

Graduate Scholarships at Central European University

Jan 31
CEU brings together students and faculty from some 100 countries to exchange ideas in an open and dynamic community in the heart of Europe. Listed among the top 100 universities worldwide by Quacquarelli Symonds in a variety of subjects, CEU offers world-class master's and doctoral programs in English to address the key issues of the 21st century. Besides interdisciplinary courses taught by an outstanding faculty, the university boasts a highly research-intensive learning environment and a remarkable student/faculty ratio of eight-to-one. CEU is accredited in the United States and Hungary, and is supported by the Open Society Foundations.

Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies


Rotary World Peace Scholarships for Graduate Studies in World Peace and Resolution of Conflicts

Jul 1
A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities is required.

Rotary Foundation — Create a Scholarship


Peace Fellowships

May 31
Rotary Peace Fellows are leaders promoting national and international cooperation, peace, and the successful resolution of conflict throughout their lives, in their careers, and through service activities. Fellows can earn either a master's degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a related field, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) — Find Funding


Biological Anthropology: Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Jan 24
Jul 20

The Biological Anthropology Program supports multifaceted research to advance scientific knowledge of human biology and ecology, including understanding of our evolutionary history and mechanisms that have shaped human and nonhuman primate biological diversity. Supported research focuses on living and fossil forms of both human and nonhuman primates, addressing time scales ranging from the short-term to evolutionary, encompassing multiple levels of analysis (e.g., molecular, organismal, population, ecosystem), conducted in field, laboratory, captive, and computational research environments, and often incorporating interactions between human biology and culture.

Cultural Anthropology: Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Jan 15
The primary objective of the Cultural Anthropology Program is to support basic scientific research on the causes, consequences, and complexities of human social and cultural variability. Anthropological research spans a wide gamut, and contemporary cultural anthropology is an arena in which diverse research traditions and methodologies are valid.

American Psychological Association — Scholarships, Grants, and Awards


Doctoral Dissertation Awards

Sep 1
Applicants must be graduate students of psychology in good standing with their university, at a regionally accredited university or college located in the United States or Canada. Applicants must be enrolled full-time or working on their dissertation research for an equivalent of full-time enrollment regardless of actual registration status.

National Academy of Social Insurance — Student Opportunities


John Heinz Dissertation Award — $2,500.00

Sep 15
The award is designed to attract talented individuals to the field of social insurance and encourage the development of new administrators, scholars, and other professionals.

Obama Foundation


Obama Foundation Fellowship

Sep 18
The Obama Foundation Fellowship program seeks to support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation. The two-year, non-residential Fellowship will offer hands-on training, resources, and leadership development. Fellows will also participate in four multi-day gatherings where they will collaborate with each other, connect with potential partners, and collectively push their work forward. Throughout the program, each Fellow will pursue a personalized plan to leverage Fellowship resources to take their work to the next level.

Skadden Fellowship Foundation


Skadden Fellowships for Graduating Law Students

Sep 18
Funding for graduating law students who wish to devote their professional lives to providing legal services to the poor (including the working poor), the elderly, the homeless and the disabled, as well as those deprived of their civil or human rights.

U.S. Department of State


Humphrey Fellowships for Mid-Level Professionals from Designated Countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Eurasia

Oct 1
A year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development or political transition.

Council for a Livable World


Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowships

Oct 1
A highly-competitive national fellowship program that provides college graduates with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security.

American Political Science Association — For Students


APSA Grants & Fellowships

APSA sponsors several programs to support individual research and training endeavors.

Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund


Carol H. Pitchersky Development Fellowship

The Fellowship program identifies and supports persons of color who are U.S. citizens with at least an undergraduate degree, who are aspiring development professionals, have demonstrated a commitment to social justice, and wish to advance their careers in nonprofit fundraising.

Population Council — Fellowships


Biomedical Fellowships

The Population Council offers pre- and postdoctoral biomedical fellowships for advanced study in basic and translational reproductive sciences and HIV and AIDS. Fellows train in the laboratories of the Council's Center for Biomedical Research located on the campus of The Rockefeller University in New York City.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Professional Development International Fellowships (Predoctoral, Postdoctoral and Library Residency)

The Foundation has a variety of grant programs for anthropological research and scholarship that are open to applicants irrespective of nationality or country of residence.

High School Seniors Internships and Summer Jobs Biomedical Internships International Study Abroad
Hispanics, Latinos Nationally Coveted Teachers College & Graduate School
Minorities Engineers & Computer Sci. Medical School Ethnic Groups & Studies
Minority Health High School Students Public Health Library Studies & History
Women Biology & Environmental Sci. Cancer Research Media Communications
African Americans Physical Sciences & Math Nurses Free Scholarships
Native Americans Social Sciences Arts & Humanities Updates

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