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Humanities and Social Science Fellowships

Alpha Lambda Delta Graduate Fellowships
Each year National Alpha Lambda Delta awards one $7,500 fellowship, seven $5,000 fellowships and fifteen $3,000 fellowships. These fellowships have been established to help qualified members obtain graduate or professional degrees. Candidates will be considered on the basis of merit. Any initiated member of Alpha Lambda Delta who has maintained the cumulative average of Alpha Lambda Delta initiation standard (i.e., 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent) until graduation is eligible to apply. Selection will be based on academic records, recommendations submitted, the applicant's stated purpose, and campus and community.

American Council of Learned Societies
The American Council of Learned Societies provides a series of fellowships and grants for study in the humanities and related social sciences, including language study programs in several countries.

Bibliographical Society of America Fellowship Program
Short-term fellowship program supporting bibliographical inquiry as well as research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history.

Council of Independent Colleges American Graduate Fellowships
Two fellowships annually of up to $50,000 each will be available to students from eligible institutions who enroll in doctoral programs at any of 23 leading independent research universities in the United States, Great Britain, and Ireland. Eligible fields of study include history, philosophy, literature and languages, and fine arts.

El Pomar Foundation Fellowship
El Pomar is a general-purpose foundation that supports Colorado nonprofit organizations involved in health, human services, education, arts and humanities, and civic and community initiative. The El Pomar Fellowship brings together highly qualified college graduates with diverse backgrounds and interests. Fellows spend two years developing and honing their leadership skills in a dynamic, active, hands-on program designed to provide them with a 360-degree view of the nonprofit world.

Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program
The program, based in New York City, provides undergraduates who have demonstrated superb research and writing skills in the field of American history with an opportunity to engage in discussions with eminent scholars and in primary-source research. The program provides 15 scholarships that include a six-week, all-expenses-paid, scholarly research program, including a stipend of $2,400, along with room, board, and travel expenses for a six-week program in New York City. Scholars conduct primary-source research to prepare historical materials for publication. Up to 50 runners-up will be named Finalists and invited to an all-expenses-paid, one-week program.

International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships
Up to 50 fellowships to support social scientists and humanists conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world.

Jacob K Javits Fellowship Program
Administered by the U.S. Department of Education, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program assists students who have demonstrated superior ability and achievement, exceptional promise, and financial need to pursue graduate programs leading to a doctoral degree or Master of Fine Arts (MFA). The Department awards fellowships in selected fields in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.Eligible applicants must be planning to enter graduate school the following year, or be in their first year of graduate study. In addition, they must be eligible to receive a federal grant, loan, or work assistance. Awards are made for one year, and are renewable up to four years. The approximate value of the scholarship is $27,000 per year.

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation
The James Madison Memorial Fellowship offers scholarships to students looking to pursue a Master's degree focused on American history, government or social studies and must be working toward a career in teaching one of these subjects on the secondary school level.

Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies
Nationals of IMF Asian member countries interested in studying for their doctorates in economics in order to work in an international financial institution (such as the IMF or the World Bank) or in their home administrations.

National Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund was founded in 1975 to help Hispanic-American college students complete their education. The scholarships are available on a competitive basis for community college, four-year college, and graduate students of Hispanic heritage. Awards generally range from $1000 to $3,000. To be eligible you must: be of Hispanic heritage (one parent must be fully Hispanic or both parents must be half Hispanic); be a U.S. Citizen or a permanent resident; have earned at least 15 undergraduate college credits in the U.S. or Puerto Rico with a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale; attend an accredited U.S. college full-time.

National Science Foundation, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
The National Science Foundation, Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences offers funding for undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral work in a range of disciplines.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
The purpose of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life, and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.
In addition to demonstrated capacity to undertake advanced academic work, a successful candidate will meet these criteria:
creativity, originality, and initiative, demonstrated in any area of life;
accomplishment, activity that requires drive and sustained effort;
commitment to the values expressed in the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which includes activity in support of human rights and the rule of law, in opposition to unwarranted encroachment on personal liberty, and in advancing the responsibilities of citizenship in a free society.
Eligible applicants are those with green cards, naturalized citizens, or who have two parents who are naturalized citizens. Fellows may pursue a graduate degree in any professional field (law, medicine, social work) or scholarly discipline, and in the fine and performing arts.

The Petrie New York City Teacher Fellowship Program
The Petrie Fellowship Program will support 20 of the nation's most outstanding and accomplished college graduates as they pursue master's degrees at Teachers College, Columbia University and prepare for careers as New York City K-12 teachers. Awards are based on academic accomplishments, financial need, demonstrated potential for leadership, and a commitment to service and a career as an urban teacher. The fellowships of $50,000 will cover the full cost of tuition and fees with any remainder applicable to living expenses. Fellows must commit to teaching in New York City's public schools for at least five years after graduation. Applications are due January 15 and are available at the website.

Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Graduate and Undergraduate
The Pickering Graduate Fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the second year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel. Graduate-level Fellows receive stipends during participation in one domestic summer internship between the first and second year of graduate school, and one summer overseas internship following the second year of graduate school. Guidance from a Foreign Service Officer is provided during graduate school. Fellows must meet Department of State Foreign Service entry requirements. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer . Candidates who do not successfully complete the Program and Foreign Service entry requirements may be subject to a reimbursement obligation to the Department of State.

The Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship award includes tuition, room, board, and mandatory fees during the junior and senior years of college and during the first year of graduate study with reimbursement for books and one round-trip travel. The Fellow must commit to pursuing a graduate degree in international studies at one of the graduate schools identified by the WWNFF. Participating graduate schools provide financial support in the second year of graduate study based on need. Fellows meet annually in Washington, DC for a program orientation. Program components include: Attendance is required between the junior and senior years of college at one of five graduate schools of public policy and international affairs. Graduate-level Fellows receive stipends during participation in one overseas and one domestic internship within the United States Department of State. By graduation, college course work must be completed in the following or the equivalent: English Composition, Western Civilization, U.S. Political Systems, Principles of Economics, U.S. History, Modern Non-Western History, Comparative Politics, International Trade or World Finance or Economic Development, and Geography. Guidance from a Foreign Service Officer during the graduate school segment of the program. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of four and one half years service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.

SHEAR/Mellon Undergraduate Fellowship Program
Founded in 2005, the program is dedicated to providing talented, motivated undergraduate scholars the opportunity to pursue original primary source research in some of the finest archival collections relevant to early American history.
Ten highly competitive fellowships are awarded annually to rising seniors preparing to undertake thesis projects at liberal arts colleges. Undergraduate fellows receive generous stipends, housing for the duration of the seminar, and reimbursement for travel expenses to Philadelphia to fund three weeks of intensive seminar sessions in historiography and critique and individual archival research.