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

K12 College Graduate Postgrad
Nationally Coveted College—Graduate School Study Abroad Biomedical Internships
Hispanics—Latinos High School Seniors Teachers Summer Internships
Minorities Engineers—Computer Sci. Medical School Ethnic Groups
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
CDC Fellowships DOE Internships Most Popular NSF Fellowships

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation


The Harry Frank Guggenheim Emerging Scholar Awards (formerly the Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowships) recognize promising graduate-student researchers in their final year of writing a doctoral dissertation examining a salient aspect of violence.

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.

National Research Council (NRC) — Research Associateship Programs

National Research Council (NRC) — Postdoctoral Research Associateship Programs for Scientists and Engineers Tenable at U.S. Laboratories and NASA Research Centers

Aug 1
Nov 1
Feb 1
May 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.

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues — Fellowships

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues — The James Marshall Public Policy Postdoctoral Fellowship

Jan 3
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

Feb 1
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.

Dalmas A. Taylor Memorial Summer Minority Policy Fellowship — Applied Social Issues Internship

Mar 15
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.

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


Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey — Middlebury Institute Merit Scholarships — $4,000 to $16,000 per year

Feb 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.

Mathematica Policy Research


Mathematica Policy Research — Summer Fellowships: Pursuing Self-Directed, Issues-Oriented Research

Feb 16
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.

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

George Mason University — The Institute for Humane Studies 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.

George Mason University — 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.

Stand Together Fellowships


Koch Internship Program

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.

The Carter Center — Get Involved

The Carter Center —Internships in International Relations for Undergraduate Juniors and Seniors, Graduate Students, and Recent Graduates

Mar 1
Jun 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.

National Institute of Justice — Fellowship Programs


National Institute of Justice - Graduate Research Fellowship Program in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Social and Behavioral Sciences

Apr 17
NIJ's Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF) program supports doctoral students engaged in research that advances NIJ's mission. The Graduate Research Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (GRF-STEM) track is open to doctoral students in STEM fields of study, which include the following disciplines, among others: Anthropology (Physical); Biology; Chemistry; Cognitive Science; Computer Science; Geoscience; Geographical Information Systems (GIS); Information Sciences; Materials Science; Mathematics; Pathology; Physics; Engineering.

National Institute of Justice — W.E.B. du Bois Fellowships

Apr 10
Places particular emphasis on crime, violence and the administration of justice in diverse cultural contexts within the United States.

National Institute of Justice — 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.

Rotary Foundation — Create a Scholarship


Rotary Foundation — Peace Fellowships

May 15
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.

Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies


Duke-UNC Rotary Center for International Studies — Rotary World Peace Scholarships for Graduate Studies in World Peace and Resolution of Conflicts

May 31
A strong commitment to international understanding and peace demonstrated through professional and academic achievements and personal and community service activities is required.

The Impact Fund


The Impact Fund — Equal Justice Litigation Fellowships

Jul 25
The Impact Fund sponsors one Fellow to join the Impact Fund legal team to assist in the organization's current docket of cases and to help develop potential new cases and amicus work related to civil rights and social justice.

Obama Foundation


The Obama Foundation Leaders USA

Feb 3
The Obama Foundation Leaders USA program is a six-month, non-residential leadership development program that seeks to inspire, empower, and connect emerging leaders across the country. Together, Leaders will accelerate positive and lasting change in their communities with a focus on strengthening institutions across sectors toward a more inclusive, participatory democracy.

The Voyager Scholarship — The Obama-Chesky Scholarship for Public Service

Mar 22
Applicants must: Plan to enroll full-time in their junior year of study at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States in Fall 2023. Eligible students are: Finishing sophomore year in Spring 2023. Applicants should be considered “juniors” based on the total number of earned credits at their institution by Fall 2023. Or transferring from a two-year to a four-year college for their 2023-2024 junior academic year

Obama Foundation Fellowships

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.

American Psychological Association — Scholarships, Grants, and Awards


American Psychological Association — 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.

Skadden Fellowship Foundation


Skadden Fellowship Foundation — Skadden Fellowships for Graduating Law Students

Sep 16
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.

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships


Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowships

Sep 21
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.

U.S. Department of State


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


Council for a Livable World — Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowships

Jan 21, Oct 3
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.

Echoing Green — Fellowship Programs


Echoing Green — The Echoing Green Fellowship

Nov 2
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.

National Academy of Social Insurance — Student Opportunities


National Academy of Social Insurance — John Heinz Dissertation Award — $2,500.00

Oct 21
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.

Brookings Institution — Research Programs


Brookings Institution — The Legis Congressional Fellowship

Oct 25
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.



USAID — Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship — up to $104,000

Oct 26
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.

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research

Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research - Professional Development International Fellowships (Predoctoral, Postdoctoral and Library Residency)

Nov 1
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.

School of Advanced Research


School of Advanced Research — Resident Scholars Fellowships

Nov 4
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


Social Science Research Council — International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships (IDRF)

Nov 4
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.

Social Science Research Council — Fellowships

Leo Baeck Institute — Fellowships


Leo Baeck Institute — 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.
Current and upcoming opportunities to apply for SSRC fellowships and grants.

Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships — USA and International Programs


Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships — Women's Leadership Program (WLP)

Nov 14
The Women's Leadership Program (WLP) will promote women in leadership roles across all industries and sectors by providing strong networking and professional development opportunities. WLP participants will make a commitment to mentor and empower women in their countries and regions to advance the next generation of emerging women leaders.

Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships — 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.

Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships — 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.

United States Institute of Peace — Grants and Fellowships

United States Institute of Peace — 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.

United States Institute of Peace — 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.

United States Institute of Peace — 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.

Association of American Geographers — Grants and Awards Programs


Association of American Geographers — 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


Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research — 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.

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

Stanford University — 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

Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) — Multi-Country Research Fellowship

Nov 16
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.



Coro — The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs

Jan 8
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.

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


U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) — Cultural Anthropology Program — Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (CA-DDRIG)

Aug 15
Jan 15
Supports doctoral research aimed at understanding patterns, causes and consequences of human social and cultural variation, including research that has implications for confronting anthropogenic problems.

U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) — Biological Anthropology: Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Jul 20 — Jul 31
Jan 20 — Jan 31

Supports doctoral research including field, laboratory and computational research on human and nonhuman primate adaptation, variation and evolution to advance knowledge about human origins and the dynamics between biology and culture.

American Political Science Association — For Students


American Political Science Association — APSA Grants & Fellowships

APSA sponsors several programs to support individual research and training endeavors.
Nationally Coveted College—Graduate School Study Abroad Biomedical Internships
Hispanics—Latinos High School Seniors Teachers Summer Internships
Minorities Engineers—Computer Sci. Medical School Ethnic Groups
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
CDC Fellowships DOE Internships Most Popular NSF Fellowships

For questions or comments, please send e-mail to Paco Tomei.
Copyright © 1998-2024 Francisco (Paco) A Tomei Torres .
I created this site on 1998-04-22 and revised it on 2024-07-04.
Privacy Policy