Social Sciences and Humanities Scholarships

Unless otherwise noted, the Office of Special Scholarship Programs at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) does not administer or sponsor the programs listed on its website. The content of these pages are merely a guide for current undergraduate and professional school students at UIC. For questions or contact information, please refer to the website that the short description is linked to.

Deadline varies or is not available:

Academcy of Television Arts & Sciences Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship - for current undergraduate and graduate students; have demonstrated commitment—through coursework or experience—to any combination of at least two of the following fields: early childhood education, child development/child psychology, film/television production, music or animation; student's ultimate goal must be working in children’s media.

American Political Science Association - searchable database for grants, fellowships and other resources for students in the political science discipline; undergraduate, graduate and doctoral-level funding

American Anthropological Association Resources for Undergraduate Students - list of awards, internships and competitions for undergraduate students studying anthropology

The Fund.org - theological education, African-American PhD and ThD students, minorities pursuing PhD's related to racial identity/racial issues

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Internship Programs - placements in print or broadcast journalism; policy studies; or media and film production

JFK Presidential Library Summer Internships - undergraduate and graduate students majoring in history, government, archival administration, library science, English, journalism, communications and other related disciplines

National Geographic Young Explorers Grants - funds for projects in research, conservation or exploration

Newhouse Fellowship - for graduate studies in newspaper journalism and one-year apprenticeship immediately following; for historically underrepresented minority groups

Pilot International Foundation Scholarships - for students interested in working with people with disabilities, brain disorders

Pilot International Becky Burrows Memorial Scholarship - for graduate or undergraduate students preparing for a second career, re-entering the job market or obtaining additional training in their current field; their career path must pertain to assisting those with brain-related disorders or brain-related disabilities

Pilot International Marie Newton Sepia Memorial Scholarship - for students studying at the master's or doctorate level who are preparing for a career helping children with brain-related disorders or brain-related disabilities

PolitiCorps - for college juniors, seniors and recent graduates; 10-week political organizing and leadership development workshop for those working for the greater public good

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Foundation Scholarships - multiple named awards for students pursuing communications, public relations and/or journalism; *please note: many require membership in the PRSSA, the student arm of the society*

Social Science Research Council Grants and Fellowships Database - awards for research in the social sciences, arts and humanities

Washington Center Internships - various fields, all majors, college upper-classmen and graduate students, positions for fall, spring and summer in Washington, DC, and abroad

August:

Harry Frank Guggenheim Research Grant - research grants to individuals for individual projects from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world

September:

October:

American Political Science Association Minority Fellowship Program - for pursuit of doctoral degrees in political science; African Americans, Asian Pacific Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship for Spring Semester - for graduating seniors, recent graduates or current graduate students able to work full-time for 6-9 months; individuals work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues in Washington, DC; especially encouraged to apply are candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy

Houtan Scholarship for Spring Semester - funding for graduate school based on the interest in and study of the Persian and Iranian culture, language and civilization; could include traveling during study

Javits Fellowship - (NOT BEING OFFERED THIS YEAR) one-year, renewable stipend for students in a social sciences, humanities, or the arts graduate program leading to the terminal degree in the field

National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program - research internships for rising or current graduate students in social sciences, health sciences, life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, law, and public health

Polikoff-Gautreaux Fellowship - for recent law school and public policy school graduates interested in developing skills, experiences and networking in public interest advocacy

Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship - for MBA graduates (and other programs) with work experience and a genuine interest in community and public affairs as well as Germany and Europe

November:

American Copy Editors Society Education Fund - for college juniors or seniors, graduate students and college graduates with a commitment to a career in copy editing; one (1) award of $2,500 and four (4) awards of $1,000 each

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship - provides Master's and Doctoral funding for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. to participate in educational and research programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawai‘i; areas of international study including politics, governance and security, economics, environmental change, population and health, education and Pacific islands development

Ford Foundation Fellowships - (CONTACT OSSP IF INTERESTED) meant to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students; Alaska Natives (Aleut, Eskimo and other Indigenous People of Alaska); African Americans; Mexican Americans or Chicanos(as); Native American Indians; Native Pacific Islanders (Hawaiian/Polynesian/Micronesian); and Puerto Ricans

Harvey Fellows Program - Christians; various fields; graduate work

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Journalism Internship Spring Program - for skilled writers and communicators passionate about liberty and who support individual rights and free markets to work in print, broadcast, or investigative journalsm or new media; eight-week internship with stiped and travel allowance; undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates from all majors are eligible

Merage Fellowship - (NOT BEING OFFERED THIS YEAR) (UIC STUDENTS APPLY THROUGH OSSP ONLY)for graduating college seniors who are immigrants, funding to pursue your American Dream at either graduate or professional school or for another relevant pursuit

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship - funding for graduating college seniors or first-year graduate students pursuing doctoral degrees in physical and life sciences, mathematics, engineering, and social sciences

Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship - for current, undergraduate juniors or rising seniors interested in exploring careers in public service, international affairs; receive stipend to attend Junior Summer Institute and $5,000 towards graduate degree

Soros Fellowship - for graduating college seniors or first-year graduate or professional school students who are immigrants or first-generation Americans, funding for graduate or professional study

Truman Scholarship - (UIC STUDENTS APPLY THROUGH OSSP ONLY) for current undergraduate students who demonstrate achievement in leadership, academics and public service who want a career related to public service

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency STAR Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study - supports master's and doctoral students in environmental studies; students can pursue degrees in traditionally recognized environmental disciplines as well as other fields such as social anthropology, urban and regional planning, and decision sciences; up to $37,000 per year in support

December:

Carnegie Endowment Junior Fellows Program - (UIC STUDENTS APPLY THROUGH OSSP ONLY) international affairs, one year research fellowship in Washington, DC at the Carnegie Endowment

Institute for Humane Studies Fellowships - scholarships for undergraduate or graduate study up to $12,000 for students interested in exploring the principles, practices, and institutions necessary for a free society

NSEP Boren Scholarship - (UIC STUDENTS APPLY THROUGH OSSP ONLY) for current undergraduate students pursuing a study abroad program outside of Western Europe, Australia or New Zealand who are studying a language and a topic critical to national security

Puffin Foundation Grants - for emerging artists in the fields of art, film, music, theater, photography, and public interest whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Undergraduate Fellowships - for undergraduate sophomores pursuing environmental studies (can be from a variety of different fields); receive support for junior and senior years, as well as a summer internship with EPA between junior and senior year; up to $17,000 per year and $7,500 in internship support

Wallace Stegner Fellowship | Stanford Creative Writing Program - offers 10, two-year fellowships -- five in fiction, five in poetry; writers are considered artists intent on honing their craft; tution, health insurance, and $26,000 living stipend per year

January:

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowships Program - minority students with a dedication to a career in mental health research or services relevant to ethnic and racial minority groups

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowships Program - supports the development and training of sociologists of color in mental illness and disorders and related co-morbidities (i.e. alcohol and drug abuse)

Coro Fellows Program - for post-undergraduate young professionals, internships in public affairs

DAAD-Journalism Summer Internship Program - for students with German language ability, interning in German media in Berlin

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship for Fall Semester - for graduating seniors, recent graduates or current graduate students able to work full-time for 6-9 months; individuals work with nonprofit, public-interest organizations addressing peace and security issues in Washington, DC; especially encouraged to apply are candidates with a strong interest in these issues who have prior experience with public-interest activism or advocacy

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Charles G. Koch Summer Fellows Program - paid public policy internship for 8 weeks and two weeks of policy seminars in Washington, DC; state policy track as well as federal policy track; for undergraduates, recent college graduates and graduate students

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Journalism Internship Summer Program - for skilled writers and communicators passionate about liberty and who support individual rights and free markets to work in print, broadcast, or investigative journalsm or new media; eight-week internship with stiped and travel allowance; undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates from all majors are eligible

Kay Kongcope Scholarship | National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association - for tuition assistance to an LGBT student of color who plans a career in journalism and is committed to furthering NLGJA’s mission of fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community

Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship | National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association - for high school seniors, undergraduates and recent graduates accepted at graduate school; planning to pursue a career in journalism, be able to demonstrate their passion and commitment to the profession and be a current NLGJA member or Student Member; the award provides up to $5,000 in tuition funding

NCAA Jim McKay Scholarship Program - two scholarships of $10,000 each awarded to one male and one female college student-athlete in recognition for outstanding academic achievement and potential to make a major contribution in the sports communication industry

Rangel International Affairs Fellowship - for graduating seniors going on to graduate programs in international affairs or relations, planning on career in the Foreign Service

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award - a $10,000 stipend for a graduating senior to pursue a public service project anywhere in the world for one year before proceeding to graduate school or a career

February:

Daughters of the American Revolution Enid Hall Griswold Memorial Scholarship - one-time award of $1,000 for college juniors or seniors majoring in political science, history, goverment or economics

Fred Rogers Memorial Scholarship - for undergraduate and graduate students with a demonstrated commitment (through coursework and/or experience) to children's education and a future career in children's media

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program - competitive scholarships to exceptional undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to biomedical, behavioral, and social science research careers at the NIH

National Museum of the American Indian Internship Program - museum studies, 10-week internship in Maryland, New York City or Washington, DC, for all undergraduate, graduate or recently-graduated students

Paul D. Doolen Graduate Scholarship for the Study of Aging - (FOR UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS STUDENTS ONLY) scholarships of up to $5,000 each may be awarded to two graduate students in their second year of study, or beyond, whose principal scholarly interest is in the field of aging; one student will be chosen from the biological-biomedical sciences and the other from the behavioral-social sciences

Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship - for undergraduate seniors planning to attend a graduate program in international relations and want a career in the Foreign Service

Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship - for undergraduate juniors planning a career in the Foreign Service, funding to support senior year and first year of graduate work in international affairs

Rangel Summer Enrichment Program - six-week program focusing on current events and international affairs; for undergraduates, held at Howard University in Washington, DC

Udall Scholarship - (UIC STUDENTS APPLY THROUGH OSSP ONLY) for current undergraduate students studying environmental science, public policy or Native American Indian health policy

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Management Studies Fellowship Projects - funding to perform environmentally-based projects related to undergraduate and graduate students' majors

March:

Anna Sobol Levy Foundation Fellowship - for graduating seniors, recent graduates and current graduate students; U.S. citizens under the age of 30; have studied military studies, economic geography, international relations, political science or history; interested in career goals in the armed services, diplomatic corps, international relations, or government or public service; for one year of study at the Rothberg International School of Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel

Epilepsy Foundation Behavioral Sciences Student Fellowship - stipend of $3,000 to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing careers in epilepsy in either research or practice settings; appropriate fields include sociology, social work, psychology, anthropology, nursing, economics, vocational rehabilitation, counseling, political science, and others relevant to epilepsy research or practice

IIPP Fellowship - undergraduate sophomores interested in international relations, public policy and language training; African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American Indian, Native Pacific Islander, and Alaskan Native students

James Madison Scholarship - for graduating seniors in college or current teaching professionals planning to obtain their master's degree in social science or history education

JW Saxe Prize - award for undergraduate or graduate students for supplemental funding in taking a low-pay or no-pay public service internship or position

Manatt Fellowship - for conducting research in democracy-building; U.S. or international graduate students pursuing degrees in international relations, political science, public administration or other related areas; graduate institution must be in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, or Wisconsin

National Association of Black Journalist Scholarships - must be a student member of NABJ; for journalism majors or those pursuing careers in journalism

Phi Alpha Theta Undergraduate Student Scholarship - for students inducted into PAT, entering the fall of their senior year in college majoring in modern European history, 1815 to the present; one award of $1,000

The Radio Television Digital News Association Scholarship Program - must have sophomore standing or higher; be a full-time, enrolled undergraduate or graduate student pursuing any major, and have the intent to pursue a career in electronic journalism; may only apply for one scholarship at a time

April:

Islamic Scholarship Fund - awards for Muslim students studying social sciences, humanities and law, and are active in their communities

Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans John Fischetti Scholarship - (CHICAGO AREA RESIDENTS ONLY) for males who are full Italian or 50% Italian ancestry; undergraduates in journalism or communication; college students accepted into graduate school in either of these areas; or high school seniors who have been accepted into college with the intent of establishing a major in journalism or media communications; one award of $2,000

McKelvie Scholarship - for undergraduate juniors and seniors or graduate students whose career plans include public service positions within state or federal government

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June:

Houtan Scholarship for Fall Semester - funding for graduate school based on the interest in and study of the Persian and Iranian culture, language and civilization; could include traveling during study

TCAdvance Scholarship - for Turkish American students (high school seniors, current undergraduate or graduate students) who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents; demonstrate leadership in the Turkish American community; and are pursuing law, public policy, public affairs, political science, international relations, communications, journalism or public relations

July:

The Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) Journalism Internship Fall Program - for skilled writers and communicators passionate about liberty and who support individual rights and free markets to work in print, broadcast, or investigative journalsm or new media; eight-week internship with stiped and travel allowance; undergraduates, graduate students, and recent graduates from all majors are eligible

Women in Defense HORIZONS Scholarship - for female undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of fields, ultimately interested in a career related to defense and national security