21 Sociology Scholarships For 2019-2020 [Apply Now]



21 Sociology Scholarships 2019 – 2020

Sociology Scholarships 2019

Ever wondered why individuals and societies are so varied?  Ever asked what social forces have shaped different existences?

The quest to understand society is very urgent and important, for if we cannot understand our social world, we are more likely to be overwhelmed by it.

We may also need to understand social processes if we want to influence them. The study of Sociology can help us to understand ourselves better since it examines how the social world influences the way we think, feel, and act.  It can also help with decision-making, both our own and that of larger organizations.

Sociology, though a nice discipline, but it is very obvious how costly it is to attend university or college today. But luckily, we have something like a scholarship to help students from low-income family achieve their academic dream.

We have put together for you, a list of 21 Sociology Scholarships for 2019-2020.

  1. ASA Minority Fellowship Program

With the objective and aim of supporting the training of sociologists in any sub-specialty area, the (ASA) American Sociological Association offers this scholarship award to the minority doctoral students who are enrolled in an accredited program of Ph.D. in Sociology degree.

Eligible candidates must be United States citizens or at least legal residents and must have completed one full academic year of graduate studies, exhibit academic excellence, and be aiming for a career in sociological research.

Recipients are granted an $18,000 stipend for 12 months to cover the costs of their doctoral training and research projects studying important societal issues.

Deadline:  January 31, 2019.

  1. Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarships

Deadline: April 30th, 2019

This Scholarship is being awarded each year for $5,000 to two (2) students pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in social work, sociology, education, public health, communications, or any related field to raise awareness of tobacco’s harmful impact each year through The American Legacy For Health Foundation.

Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens or at least permanent legal residents, and must attend an accredited American institution, and exhibit financial need.

The candidate must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, display evidence of community service activities in an underserved community setting, and also create a public message that conveys some cultural health messages geared towards at tobacco prevention.

2019 Applications are now being accepted for the Dr. Alma S. Adams Scholarship for outreach and health communications to help reduce tobacco use among priority populations.

All the students pursuing a course of study in public health, communications, social work, education, liberal arts are welcomed to apply.

The major purpose of the scholarship is to inspire and train future leaders. $5,000 amount will be awarded to the winning candidates.


It is important to meet the eligibility criteria before applying:

Only the students pursuing a course of study in public health, communications, social work, education, liberal arts will be considered eligible.

The applicant must have a Grade Point Average of at least 2.0 (C average) in the most recent academic year.

  1. Stanford Lyman Memorial Scholarship

This program is administered by the Mid-South Sociological Association (MSSA). This Scholarship award is being presented annually for $1,000 to a deserving Ph.D. candidate who is currently working on dissertation research related to sociological theory, race relations, symbolic interaction, law, or ethics.

Eligible applicants must at least be attending an accredited graduate school within the MSSA member states of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, or Virginia.

A candidate’s applications must include a brief letter of introduction, dissertation project proposal, letter of recommendation from a dissertation committee, and current curriculum vitae.

Eligibility requirements

Ph.D. candidate working on a dissertation in sociological theory, race relations, symbolic interaction, law, or ethics.

The applicant must be receiving the degree from an institution within the MSSA member states or from an institution which has active MSSA student/faculty memberships.


Each applicant must submit the following:

Letter of introduction which will include a brief discussion on how the applicant’s work reflects Stanford Lyman’s tradition within sociology and a

Description of a dissertation research project, such as a research proposal – approx 5 pages.

A letter of support from the applicant’s dissertation committee chair which evaluates the dissertation project.

A timetable for completion of the dissertation and degree, and

Current vitae.

Applications must be sent electronically

Deadline: August 10th, 2019

  1. Boren Awards for International Study

Deadline: February 5th, 2019

Through the National Security Education Program, the Boren Awards for International Study is granted annually to provide up to $20,000 to undergraduate students in the U. S who wishes to study abroad in Africa, Asia, Central or Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East to better understand global problems.

This is yet another wonderful platform and opportunity which Sociology students can maximize to study societal challenges, such as hunger, population growth, migration, sustainable development, global disease, economic competitiveness, environmental degradation, and on.

All applicants must a be United States citizen, and have graduated from high school, and must be matriculated in an accredited four-year institution in undergraduate studies.

Eligibility: You are eligible to apply for the Boren Scholarships if you are:

A high school graduate, or at least have earned a GED.

Matriculated at least in an undergraduate degree program located within the United States and accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Boren Scholars must ensure that they remain matriculated in their undergraduate programs. At least for the duration of the scholarship and may not graduate until the scholarship is complete.

Applying for a study abroad program that meets home institution standards in a country outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. The Boren Scholarships are not for study in the United States.

  1. NFRW National Pathfinder Scholarships

Deadline: June 2019

Initially founded in the year 1985 in honor of the First Lady Nancy Regan’s efforts to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.

The National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW) offers this National Pathfinder Scholarships annually for $2,500 apiece to female students seeking to obtain a degree in sociology, social work, psychology, pharmacology, counseling, or a related field.

For a woman to be eligible, she must have attained at least sophomore-level standing, attend an accredited United States college and must be enrolled full-time in a bachelor’s or master’s program, and wishes to build a career focused managing addictions.

A candidate’s Application must be accompanied by three (3) letters of recommendation, official college transcripts, a professional photograph, and a one-page typed personal essay.

The three annual scholarships of $2,500 help to provide financial assistance and support to women seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors, as well as students enrolled in a master’s degree program, are all eligible to apply for the scholarship.

However, recent high school graduates and undergraduate freshmen are not eligible. Applicants can only apply for one (1) scholarship per year. Scholarship winners can not reapply.

  1. Rieger Thesis/Dissertation Scholarship

Deadline: February 21st, 2019

First established in the year 2012, the Rieger Thesis/Dissertation Scholarship was designed to provide $1,000 annually in honor of an accomplished sociologist, Jon Rieger, who was one of the founders of the International Visual Sociology Association (IVSA) in the year 1980 and studied the image of rural residents across the U.S. Midwest.

This scholarship is primarily focused on encouraging outstanding graduate students over their master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research in the visual sociology discipline. Together with the scholarship funding, the recipients are given a certificate of merit from IVSA and also, the opportunity to publish their work on the website.

Funding Type: Tuition- Award

Process: Nomination

Eligibility Category:

All Graduate Students.

Students must be: graduate students enrolled in UA Online programs are not eligible and cannot be nominated for this program.

Enrolled for one (1) to six (6) units of 900-level units ONLY for the term of award (note: units through UA Online cannot be covered),

Within two (2) years of degree completion, and must maintain at least a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.

  1. Minoru Yasui Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st, 2019

This program is in honor of a civil rights advocate who challenged the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during WWII.

This  Scholarship is awarded each year for $2,000 by the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) for college students who intend studying sociology, law, or education.

Eligible candidates must be active members of the JACL, and also must be of Japanese descent.

The candidate must attend an accredited U.S. institution full-time, and showcase a strong interest in human rights.

Candidates must submit proof of JACL membership, one (1) letter of recommendation, official college transcripts, a brief personal statement, and two copies of the completed application.

Amount of the Scholarship:

Minimum: $1000

Maximum: $5000

Application Deadline: 1-Apr 2019

Requirements: The candidate must be a member of JACL. Selection is always based upon the personal statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, work experience, and community involvement. However, Preference is given to applicants interested in human and civil rights.


  • Master’s level study
  • Doctoral level study

  1. Alpha Kappa Delta Undergraduate Student Paper Award (AKDUSPA)

Deadline: March 1st, 2019

With value ranging from $100 to $1,000, the Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society hosts an annual Undergraduate Student Paper Competition to provide multiple awards to current student members who are enrolled in an approved bachelor’s degree program for sociology in the U. S.

Qualified participants must submit at least, a maximum 35-page single-authored scholarly essay exploring any aspect of a sociological topic.

Along with the scholarship, recipients equally receive travel expenses to attend the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) and the chance to publish their work in the “Sociological Inquiry.”

Each year, the Alpha Kappa Delta hosts and sponsors an undergraduate student paper competition.

Recipients can win cash prizes and travel money to attend the American Sociological Association annual conference.

The first place winners are able to have their papers published in Sociological Inquiry should they decide to submit them.


The First Place Winner gets $500 and up to $1,000 in travel expenses to the 2019 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

The first place winners stand the chance to be published in the Sociological Inquiry journal if authors choose to submit them.

If submitted for publication, members of the Editorial Board of Sociological Inquiry will assist with the editing.

If published in the journal, the paper will list or mentions the institution the author attended when the paper was written.

The Second Place Winner gets $250 and up to $1,000 in travel expenses to the 2019 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

The Third Place Winner gets $100 and up to $1,000 in travel expenses to the 2019 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Applications Deadline: March 1, 2019

  1. Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

Deadline: October 1st, 2019 and April 1st, 2019

Since the year 1987, the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship has been a highly competitive national program that provides recent college graduates the opportunity to spend six (6) to nine (9)  months in Washington, DC as junior staff members before continuing to graduate school.

Eligible candidates must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution, and must a be U.S. citizens or at least foreign nationals and must be considering a career working on international peace issues, and must also display experience with public interest activism or advocacy.

The scholarship recipients will receive $2,700 per month with a $1,000 scholarship in exchange for working full time at one of the 27 participating governmental organizations.

Deadline Information

  • Fall 2019 Fellowship: Monday, January 7th, 2019
  • Application Procedure :
  • A complete application must contain the following materials:
  • A cover sheet (not a cover letter) with your telephone number, email address, semester you are applying for, contact information for references, list of participating organizations you would like to work for (5-6), and specific information regarding you found out about the fellowship.
  • A full curriculum vitae (CV)
  • An essay – personal) (limit 1,000 words).
  • A policy/opinion essays (limit 1,000 words)

  1. SUEZ Corporate Scholars Program


The UNCF Corporate Scholars program provides selected candidates with a paid internship at a SUEZ for-profit facility. The UNCF  provides a $5,000 scholarship for the academic year, paid for by the SUEZ Foundation.

The internships will be offered at various locations which include but not limited to: Paramus, New Jersey; West Nyack, New York; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, TX, Delaware; Richmond, VA; Nassau, NY; West Basin, CA and Pasadena.

Each candidate is expected to go through the company’s FOR profit hiring process and will be expected to present to key Project/Department staff a final report and/or PowerPoint presentation of their internship experience.

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: January 30th, 2019

Competitive?: Yes

Essays required?: Yes


  • Candidate must attend a four (4) year accredited university/college-Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • An applicant or candidate must be a College sophomore or college junior at the time of application.

Major in Accounting, Business Administration, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Science, English, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science(s), Health & Safety (Select Environmental Science), Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Political Science, Pre-law or Sociology.

For more information or to apply, please kindly visit the scholarship provider’s website.

  1. Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education Scholarship


The Evalee C. Schwarz Charitable Trust for Education was designed under the Will of Evalee C. Schwarz with the sole aim and objective of providing loans that are interest-free to especially undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance and some significant financial need.

Amount: $15,000

Deadline: April 9, 2019

Competitive?: Yes

Essay required?: Yes


  • Must be a U.S. citizen at the time of applicants must qualify for financial need in the form of government grants.
  • Every Applicant must have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of at least $5,815 or less as it appears on their FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR)-.
  • The candidate must be enrolled in a school in the state in which the student resides. (possible exceptions apply).
  • All standardized test scores must be in the top 15% of nationwide.
  • The candidate must not be seeking a law degree.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

  1. Arizona Public Service Navajo Scholars Program for Tribal Colleges

Amount–  $6,000

Deadline–May 31, 2019

Competitive— Yes

Essay required–Yes


All Native American/Alaska Native undergraduate students attending tribal colleges and universities are both eligible to apply for the American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship Program and the American Indian College Fund TCU Scholarship Program.

The general eligibility requirements for both scholarships include:

  • United States citizenship
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited tribal college or university.
  • Must be registered as a member of a federal or state recognized tribe, or at least a descendant of one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member (Alaska Natives may also use Native Corporation membership).
  • Submission of a completed online application: Some extra eligibility for the Arizona Public Service Navajo Scholars Program:
  • Must be a Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior in college with a minimum 2.8 GPA.
  • Must be Students at Diné College, Navajo Technical College or Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute and Majoring in science, engineering, technology or math (or any related field), Navajo Nation tribal member and membership in any Shiprock Agency Chapter Interest in interning or working for Arizona Public Service.

  1. Study and Internship Program (SIP) in Germany – UAS7

Deadline: February 04, 2019

Competitive— Yes

Essay required–Yes


Normally, an Internship would typically last 5-6 months, but UAS7 research internships run from 2-6 months, which may even be dependent on the specifications of the project description.

Recipients of this award would receive a full tuition waiver for both semesters (however, enrollment is also required during the internship to maintain residency in Germany) and some significant benefits provided to exchange students at the host UAS. Successful SIP applicants are also eligible for a UAS7 Travel Scholarship.

A  candidate or an applicant must be a full-time sophomore or at least a junior in good academic standing and currently enrolled in an undergraduate program at an accredited United States or Canadian college/university and in a field represented on UAS7 campuses.

A competitive applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and must also possess language skills commensurate to their proposed course of study and internship in Germany with and with strong support from academic and study abroad advisors, and a well-reasoned study plan and statement of motivation.

For more information or how to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website

  1. Saginaw Social Service Club – Norman D. Osborne Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 09, 2018

Competitive— Yes

Essay required— Yes


The Saginaw Social Service Club was established in the year 1936 and provides this scholarship in memory of Norman Osborne.

The  Club’s primary obligations and goals are to promote social work, the exchange of ideas and information over social questions, and also, the development of professional relationships to enhance the public service.


  •  A candidate must have a minimum of 3.0 GPA. *Must be a Saginaw County resident.
  • Must be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a human service field.
  • Must be at least a college sophomore at the time of application.
  • Part or full-time enrollment are all welcome.

For more information or how to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

  1. Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: February 29, 2018


Essay required– Yes


The Charles L. Hebner Memorial Scholarship was designed and established in honor of the former Speaker of the State House of Representatives.

The scholarship can always be renewed so long as recipients maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA.


  • A candidate must be a legal resident of Delaware and must be a United States citizen or at least an eligible non-citizen.
  • Must be a High school senior who ranks in the upper half of class and has a combined score of 1000 on the SAT and enrolled full time at the University of Delaware or Delaware State University and majoring in the humanities or social sciences.
  • Preference is always given to political science majors.
  • The candidate must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior to the application deadline.
  • Essay (1,000 to 1,200 words on one of the following topics):
  • *With the continuing economic challenges facing the United States and the international community, what strategies would you as a person implement to ensure that the next generation will be able to afford a college degree, find some rewarding employment, and save for tomorrow? *Every generation is different from the previous generation in some important ways. Explain how your generation is different from that of your parents? Use a specific reason and some examples to explain your answer.
  • If you could design or invent something new, what product would you develop? Use specific details to explain why this invention would be needed.

For more information or how to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

  1. ALBA George Watt Memorial Essay Contest

Amount: $250

Deadline: Mid July

Competitive— Yes

Essay required— Yes


This annual essay competition was established in the year 1998 to honor Lincoln vet George Watt, a writer, and lifelong activist central to the creation of ALBA.

Students from virtually all part the world are invited to write and submit an essay chapter about any aspect of the Spanish Civil War they choose to, the global political or cultural struggles against fascism in the years the 1920s and 1930s.

Or the lifetime histories and contributions of the international volunteers who fought in support of the Spanish Republic from the years 1936 to 1938. The essay work or thesis will be judged on the basis of originality, quality of research, and the effectiveness of argument or presentation.

The prize is awarded in three (3) categories:

  1. pre-collegiate

2. undergraduate and

3. graduate studies.

Undergraduate award: the essay work must be between 2,000 and 10,500 words. submissions may be made in Spanish or English.

The Submission must have been produced to fulfill an undergraduate course or degree requirement.

Graduate award:-Submissions must be made between 3,500 and 12,500 words.

Submissions may be made in Spanish or English. The Applicant must currently be registered as a graduate student and as such, work must be related to graduate studies.

For more information or how to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.

  1. The Beinecke Scholarship Program

Amount: $34,000

Deadline: February 17, 2019


Essay required–Yes


The Beinecke Scholarship Program is known all over the world for awarding each scholar $4,000  prior to their entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending a graduate school. There are no preferences or geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship.

An applicant must be a college junior pursuing a bachelor’s degree and plan to enter a master’s or doctoral program in the arts, humanities or social sciences.

However, Students in the social sciences who plan to pursue graduate study in neuroscience cannot apply.

Nominations are being made by the college or university. Candidates should contact their campus liaison for information.

For more information or how to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website

  1. Islamic Scholarship Fund

With the primary aim and mission of increasing Muslim American representation in professions that influence public policy or opinion, the Islamic Scholarship Fund was created to award $2,000 to $5,000 to people who practice the Muslim faith and who are also currently earning a degree in film, media studies, sociology, communication, public policy, journalism, writing, law, criminal justice, international relations, non-profit management, religious studies, or anthropology.

For an applicant to be qualified, he or she must be active members of the Muslim community and attend an accredited United States institution. The candidate must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and must have United States citizenship or permanent residency and have attained at least sophomore status, and submit two (2) letters of recommendation.




April 09, 2019


The number of awards being offered varies annually and is always dependent on the number of qualified applicants. Last year, 11 awards were awarded.

  1. ISF-MSA West Scholarship

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: April 02, 2019

Competitive— Yes

Essay required–Yes


The ISF offers many joint scholarships to Muslim Student/University Alumni groups that share its common mission and vision. The ISF is honored to work with the MSA-West to host the ISF-MSA West Scholarship.


An applicant attending an accredited MSA West member university in the United States and attended the MSA West Conference.

The candidate must be majoring in an ISF supported field of study and maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Candidates must be a citizen or at least a permanent resident of the United States. Must be an undergraduate (sophomore/junior/senior) or of graduate standing including Ph.D.

For more information or how to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website

  1. J.W. Saxe Memorial Scholarship

Deadline: April 1st, 2019

Annually, the J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund bestows one or more scholarships for up to $2,000 apiece to undergraduate or graduate students in accredited United States universities who are seeking support for an unpaid or low paying internship related to public service.

Eligible students must have some level of significant unmet financial need, demonstrating a clear commitment to domestic or international public service, and must exhibit strong integrity.

Interested sociology majors must submit a completed application with their resume, two (2) letters of reference from faculty members or public service professionals, and a 1,000-word essay addressing their career aspirations.



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