Looking for a way to fund your college education? The information on this page should be of some assistance to you. You will note that we have included opportunities for
undergraduate students, and
general funding opportunities
Some of the funding opportunities are through discipline-based organizations or what are called "professional" associations. If you miss the deadline, you will have to wait for the next round the following year. Those listed below will give you an idea of what to expect for next year's competition. you should keep an eye out for additional announcements for opportunities other than those listed here. You might be surprised at how many competitions have very few applicants.
American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Race, Gender, and Class Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award
This award is for the best paper in the field of race, gender, and class written by a graduate student. Eligible papers must be unpublished, sole-authored, and must have been written while the author was enrolled as a graduate student in 2012, 2013, or 2014. Papers will be accepted from authors who are currently enrolled or who hold their terminal MA or PhD degree. Eligible papers must be no more than 25 pages (double-spaced not counting references) in length and the references must follow the ASA StyleGuide reference format. Nominations may be submitted by the author or by others. To nominate a paper, please send an electronic copy of the paper and a letter of nomination not exceeding two pages that states why the paper makes a significant contribution to the field of race, gender, and class. The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2015. Please send nomination letter and electronic copy of the paper to Chair of the Graduate Student Paper Award Committee: Claudia López,email@example.com, University of California, Santa Cruz
American Sociological Association (ASA) Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities James
E. Blackwell Graduate Student Paper Award
This award recognizes the best graduate student paper (authored by one or more graduate students) that focuses on the relation between or issues relevant to socially divided racial and ethnic groups. Eligible papers should make an important theoretical, methodological, or empirical contribution in the field of Race/Racism/Race Relations Studies. Race critical or innovative scholarship are encouraged, as well as scholarship that focuses on the welfare of all, rather than the promotion of any one particular group of color's social or political interests. Papers (with a maximum length of 25 pages, double-spaced, not including references) submitted for this award must be entirely student-authored and written while the author was a graduate student. Current graduate students and those who have completed their degree no earlier than January 2014 are eligible. Self-nominations and nominations by faculty advisors or other faculty members are welcome. The paper and nomination letter should be submitted in electronic form attached to an email including the student's name, address, telephone number, email address and/or fax number, institutional affiliation, graduate student status (i.e., year in the program and expected date of MA or PhD). Please email a copy of the paper and nomination letter to the Committee Chair only firstname.lastname@example.org
National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES) Phillip G. Davies Graduate Student Paper Award
Phillips G. Davies Graduate Student Paper Award The Phillips G. Davies Graduate Student Paper Award is an annual award paper competition, named for the late Phillips G. Davies in 1999 to commemorate the long‐term contributions of Dr. Davies to the interdisciplinary field of Ethnic Studies as well as to the National Association for Ethnic Studies. Phillips G. Davies, was part Welsh, graduated from Marquette University in 1946 and held advanced degrees from Northwestern University. He taught in the English department at Iowa State University in Ames beginning in 1954. Although he published also articles on literary subjects, his later publications were translations of accounts about Welsh settlements, mostly in the Middle West of the United States. These appeared in the journals of several state historical societies.
Paper and Submission Requirements 1. Student must currently be enrolled in school; 2. Only papers accepted for the current year NAES Annual Conference are eligible for this award; 3. 10—15 pages including work cited references; 4. MLA or APA format, 12 point font, double‐spaced, 1" margins; 5. A demonstration of originality, creativity, and a contribution to the field of Ethnic Studies; 6. Papers written for class requirements are welcomed if consistent with NAES conference theme; 7. Co‐authored papers will not be accepted. Paper along with the author’s contact information must be received on or before MARCH 1, 2015.
Award Details Each recipient will receive: • A complimentary meal at the Awards Luncheon awarded at the National Association for Ethnic Studies Annual Conference • A complimentary one‐year NAES student membership • A framed certificate from NAES • A $200 honorarium, awarded at the National Association for Ethnic Studies Annual Conference • Review for possible publication in the Ethnic Studies Review (Phillip G. Davies Graduate Student Paper Award recipients are the only students eligible for this distinction) NAES reserves the right not to make any awards in any given year if no papers meet expectations for quality.
For more information, please contact: Dr. Joon Kim, Co-Chair NAES Awards Committee JKim@ethnicstudies.org Dr. Natchee Barnd, Co-Chair NAES Awards Committee NBarnd@ethnicstudies.org
Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Racial and Ethnic Minorities DivisionOutstanding Graduate Student Paper Award
The Racial and Ethnic Minorities Division invites graduate student papers that cover any aspect within the field of race and ethnic relations to be submitted for consideration for our Graduate Student Paper Award. To be eligible, a paper must have been written in 2014, and may not have been accepted for publication or currently under review. Authors are required to submit their papers through the annual meeting Call for Papers process as a condition for consideration for the award. Each paper may only be submitted to one SSSP Division Graduate Student Paper Award for consideration.
Papers may be empirical or theoretical. Papers must be single authored by the student. Papers must not exceed 25 pages, including notes, tables, and references. Papers should be accompanied by a cover letter specifying their submission as consideration for the graduate student paper competition to the Chair of the 2015 DREM Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award Committee, Dr. Whitney Laster Pirtle ( email@example.com ). Nominations must be received no later than January 31, 2015.
The winner will be announced in early summer 2015. The winner will be recognized at the SSSP Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 22, 2015 and will receive a plaque of recognition, a $150 honorarium, complimentary SSSP student membership ($30) and conference registration ($60).
Deadline: January 31, 2015.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) Scholarship
2015-2016 Fellowship Program Dates: August 2015 - May 2016
Please visit http://www.chci.org/fellowships/page/chci-graduate-fellowship-program for more information.
CHCI Scholarship Program Mission
The mission of CHCI Scholarship Program is to provide critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education.
CHCI Scholarship Program Description
CHCI's scholarship opportunities are afforded to Latino students in the United States who have a history of performing public service-oriented activities in their communities and who demonstrate a desire to continue their civic engagement in the future. There is no GPA or academic major requirement. Students with excellent leadership potential are encouraged to apply.
CHCI scholarships provide recipients with a one time scholarship of:
- $1,000 community college or AA/AS granting institution
- $2,500 4-year academic institution
- $5,000 graduate-level institution
Scholarship awards are intended to provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.
In an effort to ensure the progress of scholarship recipients and encourage completion of the post-secondary program, each scholarship award is divided over the number of years required for graduation. (i.e. a $2,500 scholarship for a college freshman will be distributed in four equal installments of $625 a year).
Students continue to receive annual disbursements as long as they maintain good academic standing. CHCI manages the disbursement of the scholarships; an annual check is sent directly to recipients.
- Full-time enrollment in a United States Department of Education accredited community college, four-year university, or graduate/professional program during the period for which scholarship is requested
- Demonstrated financial need
- Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
- Strong writing skills
- U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency
Graduate Fellowship Program Deadline: February 13, 2015
American Sociological Association Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities Joe Feagin Distinguished Undergraduate Paper Award*
This award recognizes the best undergraduate student paper that focuses specifically on the relation between or issues relevant to socially defined racial and ethnic groups, uses an integrative race, class, gender analysis, and/or makes an important theoretical, methodological, or empirical contribution in the field of Race/Racism/Race Relations Studies. We encourage race critical or innovative scholarship as well as scholarship that focuses on and contributes to the welfare of all, rather than the promotion of any one particular group of color’s social or political interests. Papers (with a maximum length of 25 pages) submitted for this award must be entirely student-authored and written when the author was an undergraduate student. Current undergraduate students and those who have completed their undergraduate degree no earlier than January 2014 are eligible. Self nominations and nominations by faculty advisors or other faculty members are welcome. Three copies of the paper should be submitted with a cover letter indicating the student’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail address and/or fax number, institutional affiliation, undergraduate student status (i.e. year in the program and expected date of undergraduate degree). The award includes $200. Please email a copy of the paper and nomination letter to the Committee Chair only: Verna M. Keith
Chair, Verna M. Keith, Texas A&M University
Wendy Marie Laybourn, University of Maryland, College Park
Dawne Mouzon, Rutgers University
Cynthia Cready, University of North Texas
Devon Gross, University of Connecticut
Tina Park, Brown University
The Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Scholarship
Deadline: March 6, 2015, 5:00 p.m. EST
Named after committed planners and long-standing PBCD members, The Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Fellowship is designed to foster an increased interest in the profession of urban planning among Black students. The goal of the fellowship is to encourage the pursuit and achievement of the growing number of Black graduate students entering the urban planning profession. The goal is to create a critical mass of Black planning professionals who support one another, and provide new perspectives on issues facing the communities that they serve.
The $1,500 fellowship is available to Black undergraduate students who have been accepted in an urban planning program for graduate studies and Black graduate students majoring in urban planning or a related field (environmental studies, geography, urban studies, urban policy etc.) Current graduate students may not be in the final semester of their programs. Undergraduate students applying to graduate planning programs must show proof of acceptance and intent to enroll if awarded the fellowship. Students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities are especially encouraged to apply. The applicant should be in good academic standing and active member of their community. The $1,500 fellowship will be awarded to the student to cover costs associated with the pursuit of their studies, and will be paid over a three month period during the summer.
Download and complete the fellowship application.
- Application Requirements
- Fellowship Application
- Personal Statement
- Proof of enrollment in graduate planning program or letter of acceptance to graduate planning program
- One Letter of Recommendation
- Academic Transcript (Unofficial)
The fellowship will begin on June 1, 2015 and end on or before August 28, 2015. The $1,500 fellowship will be paid directly to the student in installments of $500 per month for three consecutive months during the time of service. The fellow shall work to complete a service project as defined by the members of the Executive Committee. Fellowship project examples could include but may not be limited to conference planning, conducting policy research, and coordination of special division related projects. The fellowship project will be tailored in coordination with the award recipient and PBCD.
Fellowship Application (pdf)
Examples of personal statements and letters of recommendation (pdf)
A review committee comprised of members of the division shall review applications and select a recipient. The Fellow will be teamed with a PBCD member(s) to guide them through their project. Upon completion, the Fellow will present their research at a future National Planning Conference!
All materials must be received by the PBCD Vice Chairperson of Programs, via e-mail by 11:59 p.m. EST, March 6, 2015 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject line of the e-mail must include the following: "PBCD Fellowship Application"
For more information, contact PBCD Vice Chairperson of Programs email@example.com.
GENERAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Looking for money to help pay for your education? These links are to various funding sites for students. Please click on the website links for more information.
1) BELL Labs Fellowships for Underrepresented Minorities http://www.bell-labs.com/fellowships/CRFP/info.html
2) Student Inventors Scholarships http://www.invent.org/collegiatehttp://www.invent.org/collegiate/
3) Student Video Scholarships http://www.christophers.org/vidcon2k.html
4) Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarships http://www.coca-colascholars.org/programs.html
5) Holocaust Remembrance Scholarships http://holocaust.hklaw.com/
6) Ayn Rand Essay Scholarships http://www.aynrand.org/contests/
7) Brand Essay Competition
8) Gates Millennlum Scholarships (major)
9) Xerox Scholarships for Students
10) Sports Scholarships and Internships
11) National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ) http://www.nabj.org/html/studentsvcs.html
12) Saul T. Wilson Scholarships (Veterinary) http://www.aphis.usda.gov/mb/mrphr/jobs/stw.html
13) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund
14) FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid scholarships) http://www.finaid.org/
15) Presidential Freedom Scholarships
16) Microsoft Scholarship Program
17) WiredScholar Free Scholarship Search http://www.wiredscholar.com/paying/scholarship_search/pay_scholarship_search.jsp
18) Hope Scholarships &Lifetime Credits http://www.ed.gov/inits/hope/
19) William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Students
20) Multiple List of Minority Scholarships http://gehon.ir.miami.edu/financial-assistance/Scholarship/black.html
21) Guaranteed Scholarships http://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com/
22) BOEING scholarships http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/educationrelations/scholarships
23) Easley National Scholarship Program http://www.naas.org/senior.htm
24) Maryland Artists Scholarships http://www.maef.org/
26) Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship (for AA students in South Florida) http://www.jackituckfield.org/
27) Historically Black College & University Scholarships http://www.iesabroad.org/info/hbcu.htm
28) Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Students http://www.beanactuary.org/minority/scholarships.htm
29) International Students Scholarships &Aid Help http://www.iefa.org/
30) College Board Scholarship Search http://cbweb10p.collegeboard.org/fundfinder/html/fundfind01.html
31) Burger King Scholarship Program http://www.bkscholars.csfa.org/
32) Siemens Westinghouse Competition http://www.siemens-foundationorg/
33) GE and LuLac Scholarship Fund http://www.lulac.org/Programs/Scholar.html
34) CollegeNet 's Scholarship Database http://mach25.collegenet.com/cgi-bin/M25/index
35) Union Sponsored Scholarships and Aid http://www.aflcioorg/scholarships/scholar.htm
36) Federal Scholarships &Aid Gateways 25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excel
37) Scholarship &Financial Aid Help http://www.blackexcel.org/fin-sch.htm
38) Scholarship Links (Ed Finance Group) http://www.efg.net/link_scholarship.htm
39) FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form &Info) http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
40) Aid &Resources For Re-Entry Students http://www.back2college.com/
41) Scholarships and Fellowships http://www.osc.cuny.edu/sep/links.h tml
42) Scholarships for Study in Paralegal Studies http://www.paralegals.org/Choice/2000west.htm
43) HBCU Packard Sit Abroad Scholarships (for study around the world)http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/packard_nomination.html
44) Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunities http://ccmi.uchicago.edu/schl1.html
45) INROADS internships http://www.inroads.org/
46) ACT-SO bEURoeOlympics of the Mind 'A Scholarships'
47) Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarships
48) ScienceNet Scholarship Listing http://www.sciencenet.emory.edu/undergrad/scholarships.html
49) Graduate Fellowships For Minorities Nationwide
50) RHODES SCHOLARSHIPS AT OXFORD http://www.rhodesscholar.org/info.html
51) The Roothbert Scholarship Fund http://www.roothbertfund.org/schol