Compiled by Kelsey Fox
Published April 2015

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Are you struggling to pay for graduate school, and do you find yourself looking for scholarships for master’s programs? We’ve created this article with you in mind.

Despite the challenges and stress of assessment tests, applications, homework, and research, the hardest part about deciding to pursue a master’s degree is often the question of how to pay for it. While most graduate schools accept financial aid in the form of federal student loans, you may have already accrued a hefty debt while paying for your undergraduate years. Master’s degree scholarships, grants, and fellowships require a little extra effort to achieve, but they can prove to be a career-changing benefit to any master’s student struggling to juggle coursework and research (not to mention maintaining a balanced diet of something other than ramen noodles).

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To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 100 great scholarships for master’s programs and master’s degree study. The scholarships are separated into subjects such as Arts, Classics, or STEM (among others), and include links to further information about applying to each one. Though they differ in things like general requirements, each of the following master’s degree scholarships have some things in common:

• All of these master’s scholarships are offered annually or bi-annually
• Each master’s scholarship offers monetary awards of at least $500, with most of them awarding amounts over $1,000
• Every scholarship for master’s degrees in this list is from a well-respected, large, and legitimate organization
• All of these are scholarships for master’s programs (though some may also accept applications from doctoral candidates, too)

Table of Contents

General
Arts
Business
Classics/Liberal Arts
Law and Social Studies
STEM

Master’s Degree Scholarship Listing: General


1. Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant — $5,000

The Lydia Donaldson Tutt-Jones Memorial Research Grant is awarded to graduate students interested in conducting research identifying attitudinal and behavioral contributors to African-American academic success. Successful applicants will be U.S. citizens attending a university or four-year college, and will present a research proposal that makes it clear their research focus is on high academic achievers. The application deadline is June 15.

2. Cornaro Scholarship — $5,000

The Cornaro Scholarship is a competitive award offered to honors graduates associated with the Kappa Gamma Pi sorority (affiliated with over 100 colleges and universities in the United States). The scholarship is based on a number of criteria, but successful applicants will effectively demonstrate how her life reflects the Kappa Gamma Pi motto of “Faith and Service.” Other considerations include the applicant’s values, volunteer work, leadership experience, high academic standards, and solid career aspirations. An online application and a letter of acceptance to an accredited graduate program are required. The application deadline varies year by year, so check the website for further details.

3. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program — $7,500

NCAA student athletes interested in attending a Master’s program can be nominated for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program during the academic year in which they complete their final season of eligibility for intercollegiate athletics. Students should have excelled both academically and athletically during their undergraduate career, and must intend to continue their academic work at an accredited graduate or professional school. The application deadline is continuous, and prospective students should check the website for further details.

4. National Women’s Studies Association Graduate Scholarship — $1,000

The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) awards an annual scholarship of $1,000 to a female student involved in the research or writing stages of a Master’s thesis in the interdisciplinary field of women’s studies. The proposed research project must be about women and should support the NWSA’s mission statement. Scholarship applicants are encouraged to educate themselves on and join the NWSA before applying. The annual application deadline is May 15.

5. American-Scandinavian Study in Scandinavia Fellowship — Varies

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers fellowships up to $23,000, and grants up to $5,000, to students pursuing research, degrees, or arts projects in Scandinavia. The awards, the number of which vary from year to year, will support students in the Scandinavian countries of their choice for up to one year. Successful applicants will have completed their undergraduate education by the start of their program, and will have well-defined projects that make a stay in Scandinavia essential. The annual application deadline is November 1.

6. Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Community Service Scholarship

This scholarship assists students intending to pursue careers in the rabbinate, Jewish education, or social work. The scholarship, which varies in amount, will support the student’s training at a recognized yeshiva, teacher training seminary, school of social work, or university. Though scholars can come from any country, priority will be given to those planning to serve in places other than the United States, Canada, or Israel. The annual application deadline is November 30.

7. Citizens Bank TruFit Good Citizen Scholarship — Varies

Each year, Citizens Bank awards scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 to deserving undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted into an accredited university. Unlike most other scholarships, the TruFit Good Citizen scholarship is specifically designed to reward those who are focused on giving back to their communities through volunteer programs. To apply for the scholarship, one must complete the online application along with an essay or video. The application deadline is April 30.

8. British Chevening Scholarships for International Students — Varies

Funded by Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the British Chevening Scholarships are awarded to students from around the world to study postgraduate (usually Master’s) courses at a university in the United Kingdom. Chevening Scholarships are specifically aimed at those who have been identified as leaders in fields such as politics, business, the media, civil society, religion, and academia. Around 1,500 Chevening scholarships are awarded annually, each of which covers tuition, a living allowance, and airfare to and from the UK. The annual application deadline is November 15.

9. Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships in Australia for International Students — Varies

The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards provide full financial support for international students to study or conduct research in Australia in pursuit of either a Masters (up to two years) or a PhD (up to four years) degree. The scholarships include travel and tuition allowances, health and travel insurance, and a monthly stipend. Successful applicants will have already been accepted to an Australian university. The annual application deadline is June 30.

10. Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program — Varies

The French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs initiated the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program to attract overseas talent to Masters courses at French universities. Though the scholarship itself does not cover tuition fees in France, award recipients do receive a monthly allowance of 1,200 euro, airfare to and from France, health insurance, some accommodation allowance, and various cultural experiences and side trips. Students holding an Eiffel Excellence Scholarship can choose to study Engineering, Economics, [Business] Management, Law, or Political Science. The annual application deadline is July 9.

11. Fulbright Foreign Student Program — Varies

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program is a prestigious scholarship program aimed at students interested in pursuing a Master’s (or PhD) degree abroad. The program provides funding for the entire duration of study or research, and funds tuition, textbooks, airfare, a living stipend, and health insurance. Eligibility varies widely from country to country, though successful applicants are usually from the top percentage of their undergraduate class. The application window stretches from February to October of each year.

12. Clarendon Scholarships at University of Oxford — Varies

One of only two scholarships on this list that is limited to one university, the Clarendon Scholarships encompass a number of financial awards that can be used for Master’s programs at Oxford University in England. Each scholarship covers tuition and college fees in full, plus a generous grant for living expenses. Scholarships can be applied to any area of study, and international students who are accepted to an Oxford graduate program are automatically considered for a Clarendon Scholarship.

13. Gates Cambridge Scholarship — Varies

The second of two scholarships on this list that is limited to one university, the Gates Cambridge Scholarships are full-tuition awards for graduate study and research in any subject area at England’s University of Cambridge. The scholarships cover the cost of tuition at Cambridge, university fees, maintenance allowance, airfare to and from England, and a monthly stipend. Prospective students should apply to both University of Cambridge and the Gates Scholarship program at the same time, using one application packet. The annual application deadline is October 15.

Scholarships for Master’s Programs: Arts


14. Vercille Voss Graduate Student Scholarship — $2,000

The Vercille Voss scholarship is aimed at graduate students who are pursuing a Master’s degree in a field related to interior design. The application process for the $2,000 award includes a letter of recommendation, plus a short essay explaining future plans and goals, and why the award is deserved. Decisions are based upon the applicant’s undergraduate academic achievement, awards received, accomplishments, goals, and the letter of recommendation. Check the official website for the current year’s deadline.

15. Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship — Varies

The Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship is a monetary award ranging from $6,000 to $20,000 per year. The fellowship, aimed at graduate art students, will support a student in the United States or abroad. To be eligible, applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in architecture, art, dance, landscape architecture, music, theater, or urban planning, and should be interested in a graduate program in the arts. The annual application deadline is in the fall, though prospective applicants are encouraged to check the website for specific dates.

16. Frank Huntington Beebe Fund — $15,000

The Frank Huntington Beebe Fund offers an annual award of $15,000 to a gifted musician who wishes to pursue full-time advanced study and performance abroad. Successful applicants must be full-time graduate students who are studying music at a four-year college or university. In addition to academic merit, applicants must also demonstrate a solid base of musical accomplishment. The application deadline is December 15.

Scholarships for Master’s Programs: Business


17. Forte Fellows Program

With only 36.8% of MBAs being awarded to women in any given year, there are a number of scholarships, including the Forte Fellows Program, aimed only at women. To be eligible for the Forte Fellows Program, an applicant must be pursuing an MBA or EMBA at one of over 70 participating business schools, show exemplary leadership both inside and outside of the classroom, and demonstrate commitment to women and girls through mentoring or community development.

18. Richard A. Freund International Scholarship — $5,000

The Richard A. Freund International Scholarship is a one-time award for graduate study of the theory and application of quality control, quality assurance, quality improvement, total quality management, or applied math and sciences with an emphasis on quality. Successful applicants will have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.25. The scholarship can be used for costs of living and/or schooling in the recipient’s home country or abroad. The annual application deadline is April 1.

19. Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship — Varies

The Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship is an annual award sponsored by Zonta International. The scholarship is intended to help women succeed in business and is awarded to women pursuing a bachelor degree or master’s degree in business management. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $5,000, and can be used for tuition, books, or living expenses. Any female business student is eligible, and interested applicants should reach out to their local Zonta club for nomination.

20. Aegis Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship — Varies

The Aegis Alexander Graham Bell Scholarship is awarded to students who are interested in pursuing a Masters or MBA in Telecom studies. The scholarship, which awards an amount of up to $8,750, will cover all or part of the recipient’s tuition fees. Successful applicants will already possess an undergraduate degree in Communications.

Scholarships for Master’s Degrees: Classics / Liberal Arts


21. Olivia James Traveling Fellowship — $25,000

The Olivia James Traveling Fellowship is a $25,000 fellowship offered to one graduate student, PhD candidate, or recent PhD recipient per year. The Fellowship may be used to study classics, sculpture, architecture, history, or archaeology in the Mediterranean area (Greece, the Aegean Islands, Cyprus, Sicily, Southern Italy, Asia Minor, or Mesopotamia). The Fellowship is merit based, and eligible students must be studying Historic Preservation and Conservation, Architecture, History, Humanities, Art History, Archaeology, Classics, or Near and Middle East Studies. The application deadline is November 1.

22. Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship — $10,000

Each year, $10,000 is awarded to one pre- or post-doctoral fellowship for study at the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) at the American Academy in Rome (AAR). The fellowship will support the student’s tuition and living costs for a year of archaeology or classical studies. Following the fellowship tenure, the recipient is expected to report to the Chair of the AIA Fellowships Committee and the President of the AAR. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and should submit their applications directly to the American Academy in Rome by November 1.

23. Anna C. and Oliver C. Colburn Fellowship — $11,000

This annual award of $11,000 is given to support a current graduate student’s year of studies at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Greece. Recipients should be pursuing degrees in Archaeology, Classics, Historic Preservation and Conservation, History, Humanities, Architecture, or Art History. The successful applicant will be a permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada, enrolled in a North American university, and preference will be given to those students at the end of their Master’s programs and in the pre-doctoral stage. Prospective fellows should submit their application and apply concurrently to the American School for Senior Associate Membership by January 15.

24. American School of Classical Studies at Athens Summer Sessions Scholarships — $5,000

Each year, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens offers multiple scholarships up to $5,000 for participation in the ASCSA Summer Sessions. Each six-week session occurs in Greece, and is designed to acquaint students with the country and its antiquities. Eligible students must be studying a subject within the Classics (including Anthropology, Arts, Museum Studies, Philosophy, Religion/Theology, Humanities, etc.), and should be studying part-time at a university or four-year college. The application deadline is January 15.

25. Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship — Varies

The Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellowship is awarded each year to a graduate student of any nationality who will reside at the American Center of Oriental Research in Amman, Jordan for a period of one or two months. The fellow must participate in an archaeological project in Jordan, and therefore should be a student of Archaeology, Historic Preservation and Conservation, History, or Architecture. The award includes room and board in Jordan, plus a monthly stipend of $600. The application deadline is February 1.

26. Harriet and Leon Pomerance Fellowship — $5,000

This $5,000 scholarship is annually awarded to a student actively pursuing an advanced degree in Archaeology, Historic Preservation and Conservation, History, Architecture, or Art History. The award, which is sponsored by the Archaeological Institute of America, is designed to enable a student to work on an individual project of a scholarly nature related to Aegean Bronze Age Archaeology. Prospective fellows should apply by November 1.

27. International Fellowships in Jewish Studies — Varies

This fellowship program sponsored by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture is designed to assist well-qualified individuals with an independent scholarly, literary, or art project in a field of Jewish specialization. Successful applicants must be graduate students with an interest in Jewish culture. The funded project should have the potential to make a significant contribution to the understanding, preservation, enhancement, or transmission of Jewish culture. Applications must be received by October 15.

28. Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowships — $2,500

The Rose and Isidore Drench Memorial Fellowship is an award for graduate research in American Jewish history. The fellowship is for a period of one to three months, during which time the recipient will receive a stipend of $2,500. The fellow — who should be studying history, area/ethnic studies, or American studies — is expected to deliver a public lecture, and conduct some research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Library and Archives. The annual application deadline is January 1.

29. Kate B. and Hall J. Peterson Fellowships — Varies

These two separate fellowships are awarded to any postgraduate student (including those pursuing Master’s or PhD degrees) conducting scholarly research and writing in a field of American history and culture through 1876. Fellows are chosen based on the applicant’s scholarly qualifications, the importance of the project, and the relevance of the proposed topic. The fellowship can last for one to three months, during which time fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $1,850 (or $1,350 with housing in the American Antiquarian Society’s fellows’ residence). The application deadline is January 15.

30. The Legacy Fellowship — Varies

The Legacy Fellowship, sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society, is awarded to a postgraduate student (including those pursuing Master’s or PhD degrees) conducting scholarly research and writing in a field of American history and culture through 1876. Fellows are chosen based on the applicant’s scholarly qualifications, the importance of the project, and the relevance of the proposed topic to the society’s collection. The fellowship can last for one to three months, during which time fellows will receive a monthly stipend of $1,850 (or $1,350 with housing in the Society’s fellows’ residence). The application deadline is January 15.

31. American Antiquarian Society-Northeast Modern Language Association Fellowships — Varies

This fellowship, sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society, is awarded to a scholar conducting research and writing in the literary history of America and the Atlantic World in the 18th and 19th centuries. Fellows are chosen based on the applicant’s scholarly qualifications, the importance of the project, and the relevance of the proposed topic to the society’s collection. The fellowship lasts one month, during which time the fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $1,850 (or $1,350 with housing in the Society’s fellows’ residence). The application deadline is January 15.

32. American Antiquarian Society-American Society for 18th Century Studies Fellowship — Varies

The American Society for 18th Century Studies Fellowship, co-sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society and the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, is awarded to enable a scholar to spend an uninterrupted amount of time researching a topic related to 18th Century America. Fellows are chosen based on the applicant’s scholarly qualifications, the importance of the project, and the relevance of the proposed topic to the society’s collection. Preference is given to students at the doctorate or post-doctorate level. The application deadline is January 15.

33. Lapides Fellowship in Pre-1865 Juvenile Literature and Ephemera — Varies

This fellowship, sponsored by the American Antiquarian Society, is awarded to a scholar conducting research and writing on printed and manuscript material produced in America through 1865 for children and youth. Fellows are chosen based on the applicant’s scholarly qualifications, the importance of the project, and the relevance of the proposed topic to the society’s collection. The fellowship lasts one month, during which time the fellow will receive a monthly stipend of $1,850 (or $1,350 with housing in the Society’s fellows’ residence). Preference will be given to graduate students at the pre-doctoral level. The application deadline is January 15.

34. Vladimir and Pearl Heifitz Memorial Fellowship — $6,500

The Vladimir and Pearl Heifitz Memorial Fellowship is an award for graduate research in Eastern European Jewish music, art, and theater, and Yiddish literature. The fellowship is for a period of two to three months, during which time the recipient will receive a stipend of $6,500 to defray expenses. The fellow is expected to deliver a public lecture, and conduct some research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Library and Archives. The annual application deadline is January 1.

35. Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honor Society for Anthropology Scholarship Award — $5,000

This $5,000 scholarship, sponsored by the Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology, is given to encourage academically successful undergraduates to pursue graduate studies and work in Anthropology. Successful applicants will be part of a graduate program at a university, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and will have completed a short statement of future plans. The application deadline is March 1, though prospective applicants are encouraged to contact their university’s Lambda Alpha faculty sponsor.

36. Lou Hochberg Thesis and Dissertation Awards — $1,000

This one-time award of $1,000 is given as a prize to the best accepted essays addressing Wilhelm Reich’s sociological discoveries. Submitted essays must have already been submitted as a departmental thesis, dissertation, or as an essay submission as part of the standard academic coursework. Successful essays will be accurate and clearly written, and applicants should also submit a copy of their academic transcript. Applications are accepted continuously, and prospective applicants are encouraged to check the official website for further details.

37. Vivian Lefsky Hort Memorial Fellowship — $6,500

The Vivian Lefsky Hort Memorial Fellowship is an award for graduate research in Eastern European Jewish music, art, and theater, and Yiddish literature. The fellowship is for a period of two to three months, during which time the recipient will receive a stipend of $6,500 to defray expenses. The fellow is expected to deliver a public lecture, and conduct some research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Library and Archives. The annual application deadline is January 1.

38. Archaeology of Portugal Fellowship — Varies

As its name suggests, the Archaeology of Portugal Fellowship supports projects pertaining to the archaeology of Portugal. Such projects can include, but are not limited to, research projects, colloquia, symposia, publication, and travel for research or academic meetings. At the conclusion of the project, fellows must submit a report to the Chair of the Archaeological Institute of America Fellowships Committee. Prospective fellows should submit their applications by the annual November 1 deadline.

39. Frances C. Allen Fellowship for Women of American Indian Heritage

The Frances C. Allen Fellowship supports women of American Indian heritage with research in a field directly related to the collection at the Newberry Research Library in Chicago. Fellowships are from one month to one year, during which time fellows are expected to spend a significant amount of time in residence at the Newberry library. Though the fellowship includes an official stipend of $2,500 a month, supplemental funding may be available on a case-by-case basis. The annual application deadline is January 15.

40. American School of Classical Studies at Athens — Study in Greece

Each year, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens makes available a number of one-time awards for study in Greece. Preference is given to students of literature/English, anthropology, archaeology, museum studies, near and Middle East studies, classics, history, philosophy, religion, humanities, architecture, or art history, who have completed at least one year of graduate school. Award amounts vary, though all chosen students are awarded for the entire nine-month program in Athens. The annual application deadline is January 15.

41. Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Visiting Scholar Programs

This program is focused on ensuring the development of a new generation of Holocaust scholars. The fellowships-in-residence are open to those working on their dissertation, post-doc researchers, and senior scholars. Scholars early in their career are encouraged to apply. The typical fellowship is 3-8 months and include a stipend.

42. The Reese Fellowship for American Bibliography and the History of the Book in the Americas — $3,000

Sponsored by The Bibliographical Society of America, the Reese Fellowship is an award to support any research work exploring the history of the book or print culture in the Western Hemisphere. Any academic, regardless of degree, is eligible, and applications should include a 1,000-word proposal, the applicant’s C.V., and two letters of recommendation written on official letterhead. At the end of the fellowship, the fellow is expected to write a brief report for the William Reese Company which funds the fellowship. The annual application deadline is December 1.

43. The Charles J. Tanenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography — $3,000

The Charles J. Tanenbaum Fellowship in Cartographical Bibliography, sponsored by The Bibliographical Society of America, is an award to support any projects dealing with aspects of the history, presentation, printing, design, distribution, and reception of cartographical documents from Renaissance times to the present. Any academic, regardless of degree, is eligible, and preference will be given to those whose projects emphasize 18th century cartography. Applications should include a 1,000-word proposal, the applicant’s C.V., and two letters of recommendation written on official letterhead. The annual application deadline is December 1.

44. The BSA-Mercantile Library Fellowship in North American Bibliography — $3,000

This fellowship in North American Bibliography, co-sponsored by The Bibliographical Society of America and the Mercantile Library, is an award to support scholarship in North American bibliography, including studies in the North American book trade, production and distribution of North American books, illustration and design, collecting and connoisseurship, and bibliographical history in general. Any academic, regardless of degree, is eligible, and applications should include a 1,000-word proposal, the applicant’s C.V., and two letters of recommendation written on official letterhead. The annual application deadline is December 1.

45. Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellowship — $6,500

The Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellowship is an award for graduate research in Eastern European Jewish music, art, and theater, and Yiddish literature. The fellowship is for a period of two to three months, during which time the recipient will receive a stipend of $6,500 to defray expenses. The fellow is expected to deliver a public lecture, and conduct some research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Library and Archives. The annual application deadline is January 1.

46. Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship — $4,000

The Samuel and Flora Weiss Research Fellowship is an award to support graduate research in Polish-Jewish history in the modern period, especially Jewish-Polish relations, the Holocaust period, and Jewish contributions to Polish literature and culture. The fellowship is for a period of two to three months, during which time the recipient will receive a stipend of $4,000 to defray expenses. The fellow is expected to deliver a public lecture, and conduct some research at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Library and Archives. The annual application deadline is January 1.

47. The Nadia Christensen Prize for Translation — $2,500

This unique prize is awarded for outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose written in a Nordic language by a Scandinavian author born after 1800. Prospective applicants should submit their translation (which should be no longer than 50 pages), along with a copy of the original work and a C.V. In addition to the $2,500 prize, winners will receive publication of their translation in Scandinavian Review and a commemorative bronze medallion. The annual entry deadline is June 1.

48. The Leif and Inger Sjöberg Award — $2,000

The Leif and Inger Sjoberg Award is a unique prize awarded for outstanding translations of poetry, fiction, drama, or literary prose written in a Nordic language by a Scandinavian author born after 1800. Prospective applicants should submit their translation (which should be no longer than 50 pages), along with a copy of the original work and a C.V. In addition to the $2,000 prize, winners will receive publication of their translation in Scandinavian Review and a commemorative bronze medallion. Eligible entrants for this prize will not have been previously published. The annual entry deadline is June 1.

49. Shirley Holden Helberg Biennial Grant — $1,000

Sponsored by the National League of American Pen Women Inc., this $1,000 grant is awarded to women ages 35 and older who are active in the fields of art, music, or writing. Applicants may apply to more than one category, and should submit copies of work, a short essay about her background, and a statement about the purpose of the grant. Check the website for additional information on each category. The application deadline is October 31 of odd-numbered years.

50. Inter American Press Association Scholarship — $20,000

The Inter American Press Association Scholarship is an exchange program in which American graduate students of print journalism can study in Latin America. Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese is required, and preference is given to those of American Indian, Alaskan, Black, or Hispanic heritage. Applicants can be at any stage in their graduate career, but must have completed their undergraduate degree by the start of the exchange. The annual application deadline is January 15.

51. David H. Clift Scholarship — $3,000

Named for the former director of the American Library Association (ALA), the David H. Clift Scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing a Master’s degree in an ALA-accredited program. Eligible students will be working towards a MLS, MLIS, or MIS, but will not have completed more than 12 semester hours prior to June 1 of the year they are awarded. To apply, students should submit a personal statement, up to three references, and official academic transcripts from a bachelor degree. The annual application deadline is March 1.

Healthcare

52. Foster G. McGraw Graduate Student Scholarship — $5,000

The Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) awards this annual scholarship to students enrolled in their final year of a healthcare management program. Each year, the ACHE awards up to twenty $5,000 scholarships to assist students with tuition costs, student loans, and general expenses. Eligible students must be in their final year of graduate studies (MHA, MPH, MBA in Healthcare Administration or similar), and should demonstrate financial need. Applications are accepted each year between Jan. 1 and March 31, and winners are notified by July.

53. Albert W. Dent Graduate Student Scholarship — $5,000

This scholarship was established by the Foundation of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) in honor of Albert W. Dent, the first African-American Fellow of ACHE. Each year, a $5,000 scholarship is awarded to up to twenty minority students pursuing graduate studies in healthcare management. Eligible students should demonstrate financial need and be a considered a minority, as defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Applications are accepted from Jan. 1 to March 31, and winners are announced in July.

54. National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program — Varies

Sponsored by the Bureau of Health Professions, this federal scholarship is available each year to 100-200 students pursuing allopathic (MD) or osteopathic (DO) medicine, dentistry, family nurse practitioner, nurse midwifery, or physician assistant education. In exchange for the scholarship, usually amounting between $67,000 and $135,000, a two-year to four-year service commitment is required. The scholarship includes tuition, fees, monthly stipends, and payment for educational expenses.

55. ONS Foundation Research Grant — $25,000

This one-time grant of up to $25,000 is available to those who are actively involved in cancer patient care, education, or research. Successful applicants must be graduate students at a university or four-year college, and should be studying Nursing or Oncology. The award is meant to be used to support clinically focused research. The grant is available annually with required Letters of Intent due August 15 and applications due September 15 of each year.

56. Charles and Carol Spielberger Scholarship — $5,000

The American Psychological Foundation offers a number of scholarships each year, including the $5,000 Charles and Carol Spielberger Scholarship. The major criteria in selecting a recipient are related to the research proposal, which should include the context for the research, a clear research question, and a request for funds. The applicant’s background, previous publications, grades, and a letter of recommendation will also be considered. The annual application deadline is June 30.

57. Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship — $4,000

The Ronald D. Lunceford Scholarship is an annual $4,000 award sponsored by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Educational Foundation. The scholarship will provide financial support to a Master’s student from an ethnic population which is underrepresented in the world of marriage and family therapy. Successful applicants will be a graduate student at a university; a U.S. citizen of American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian/Pacific Islander, Black, or Hispanic heritage; and a student of therapy/rehabilitation, psychology, or social services. The annual deadline is December 31.

58. Medical Healthcare Association Scholarship — $5,000

Each year, the Medical Library Association (MLA) awards up to $5,000 to a student who shows excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in health sciences librarianship. Eligible applicants will either be entering a Master’s program or will have completed no more than one-half of the graduate program requirements at the time the scholarship is granted. To apply, students should submit the completed application, two letters of reference, and an official transcript. The annual application deadline is December 1.

59. Estelle Massey Osborne Scholarship — Varies

The Estelle Massey Osborne Scholarship is a yearly monetary award of between $2,500 and $10,000. To be eligible for the award, students must be a registered nurse of African-American descent, a member of a professional nursing association, and enrolled in or applying to a full-time Master’s degree program for nursing. Successful applicants will have competitive GRE or MAT scores, high academic achievement, and a statement of service to the profession. The annual application deadline is March 1.

Master’s Degree Scholarships: Law and Social Studies


60. The Rotary Foundation Global Grant Scholarships — Varies

Ranging from $30,000 to $400,000, Global Grant scholarships fund international graduate coursework or research for up to four years for students in fields such as peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy, and economic and community development. Eligible students should be at the graduate level and enrolled full-time in a university. Those interested should contact their local Rotary club for further information.

61. Littleton-Griswold Research Grant for U.S. Legal History Grant — $1,000

The American History Association offers a yearly grant of $1,000 for those intending research in History, Social Sciences, or Law/Legal Studies. The grant may be used for travel to a library or archive, or for microfilms, photographs, or photocopying. Successful applicants will be graduate students with specific research needs (the completion of a project or a segment thereof), and will be affiliated with the American Historical Association.

62. Theodore C. Sorensen Fellowship — $3,600

For graduate students studying Political Science or Journalism in Massachusetts, the Sorensen Fellowship is a $3,600 stipend intended to support the creation of a substantial work in the areas of domestic policy, political journalism, polling, press relations, or a related topic. The successful candidate will have access to original research in archival material from the collections of the John F. Kennedy Library with which to develop at least a portion of their work. The annual deadline is August 15.

63. Abba P. Schwartz Research Fellowship — $3,100

The Abba P. Schwartz Research Fellowship is an annual research grant intended to support a scholar in the production of a substantial work in the areas of immigration, naturalization, or refugee policy. Applicants should be graduate students studying either Political Science or Social Sciences at a university in Massachusetts. The successful candidate will conduct all or some of his research from original archival materials from the collections of the John F. Kennedy Library. The annual application deadline is March 15.

64. Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship — $2,500

The Marjorie Kovler Research Fellowship is an annual research grant intended to support a scholar in the production of a substantial work in an area related to foreign intelligence and the presidency. Applicants should be graduate students studying either Political Science or History at a university in Massachusetts. The successful candidate will conduct all or some of his work from original archival materials from the collections of the John F. Kennedy Library. The annual application deadline is March 15.

65. United States-Indonesia Society Sumitro Fellowships — $10,000

The United States-Indonesia Society offers two Sumitro Fellowships per year in order to support individuals who wish to engage in field research on an economic or political economic topic in the region of Indonesia. Though preference is given to post-doctoral scholars and PhD candidates, graduate students are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be studying Political Science or Economics at an accredited university or four-year college. Check the official website for the application deadline of any given year.

66. CLAGS Fellowship Award — $2,000

Each year the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) awards a $2,000 fellowship award to a graduate student, academic, or independent scholar to support research on a thesis or book. The scholarship can be used for research, travel, or writing support for a project that contributes intellectually to the field of gay and lesbian studies. To apply, applicants should submit a cover letter along with the abstract for a thesis or book. All prospective fellows are encouraged to visit the CLAGS website to learn more about the Center and verify the application deadline for any given year.

67. Harry S. Truman Scholarship — $30,000

Up to 75 Harry S. Truman Scholarships are awarded each year to current undergraduate students who wish to attend professional or graduate school in order to pursue careers in government or the non-profit sector. In order to apply, students must be nominated by their undergraduate institution. Successful candidates will demonstrate leadership qualities, study Political Science or Public Policy full time, and be in their undergraduate junior or senior year. The annual application deadline is February 5.

68. National Women’s Studies Association Graduate Scholarship — $1,000

The National Women’s Studies Association Graduate Scholarship is an annual $1,000 scholarship awarded to female graduate students who are currently in the process of writing their Master’s thesis. The award can be used by the student to pay for tuition or research expenses. Successful applicants will demonstrate that their research advances the aims of the National Women’s Studies Association. The annual application deadline is May 15.

69. Robert C. Watson Award — $2,000

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) sponsors this annual scholarship that encourages students to submit articles on subjects relating to intellectual property. The $2,000 award is presented to the winner at the AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. in October. Successful applicants will submit a thoughtful article that contributes to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought. Applications and articles must be postmarked by June 30.

Scholarships for Master’s Degree Study: STEM Fields


70. Fannie and John Hertz Foundation Fellowship — Varies

Each year, the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation awards 15-30 students of various STEM subjects with a fellowship valued at $250,000. Approximately $35,000 is paid to each fellow annually to include tuition, a stipend, and other related expenses. The fellowship is renewable for up to five years. To be eligible for this merit-based fellowship, one must be a full-time graduate student at a university or four-year college, and a U.S. citizen. The annual deadline for applications is October 31.

71. Health Professions Education Scholarship Program — Varies

Sponsored by the state of California, the Health Professions Education Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students currently enrolled in California graduate programs. Applicable programs include Nurse Midwives, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Dentist, Dental Hygienists, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistant. If awarded, scholarship recipients may receive up to $50,000 a year for school, but must also agree to twenty-four months of full-time, direct patient care at a qualified facility in an underserved area of California after graduation.

72. Kerry Graduate Scholarship — $3,000

The Kerry Graduate Scholarship is one of the many annual Feeding Tomorrow Scholarships sponsored by The Foundation of the Institute of Food Technologists. The $3,000 scholarship, of which three are awarded each year, will support Masters of Science students currently pursuing any food science related degree. To be eligible for this award. applicants must be a full-time Master’s student with a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Prospective applicants should check the official website for details regarding the application deadline of any given year.

73. SWCS Kenneth E. Grant Research Scholarship — Varies

The Soil and Water Conservation Society’s (SWCS) Kenneth E. Grant Research Scholarship is a $300 to $500 annual award given to support Master’s-level research on a conservation topic related to the SWCS mission of fostering and sustaining the science of soil, water, and related natural resources. Eligible applicants must be affiliated with an accredited graduate program, and preference is given to members of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. Those interested should check the website for the application deadline of any given year.

74. International Foundation for Ethical Research Fellowship in Alternatives in Ethical Research — Varies

The Ethical Research Fellowship is awarded to graduate students and other scientists whose projects enhance involvement of the study of or use of alternatives to animals in scientific research. The purpose of the fellowship is to encourage the replacement of animals in research, product testing, and education. To be eligible for the scholarship, which ranges from $10,000 to $15,000, students must be enrolled in a Master’s program for fields such as Applied Sciences, Behavioral Science, Biology, Neurobiology, Humanities, Social Sciences, or Technology. Check the website for information regarding the application deadline.

75. The Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research in Astrobiology — Varies

This grant, sponsored by the American Philosophical Society, is available to graduate students (as well as doctoral, postdoctoral, and junior scientists) who are interested in field studies for their theses or other purposes. To apply, students must be enrolled in an accredited graduate program, and should be studying Earth Science, Meteorology/Atmospheric Science, Biology, Environmental Science, or Natural Sciences. The annual application deadline is February 1.

76. Robert E. Uhrig Graduate Scholarship — $4,000

The Robert E. Uhrig Graduate Scholarship, sponsored by the American Nuclear Society, is a $4,000 annual award given to a full-time graduate student of nuclear engineering. Successful applicants will be in pursuit of research into the technical aspects of Nuclear Plan Instrumentation, Controls, and Human-Machine Interface Technologies in the context of nuclear power and engineering. Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the American Nuclear Society website for further information about the organization, Robert E. Uhrig, and application deadlines.

77. Paul A. Greebler Scholarship — $3,500

The Paul A. Greebler Scholarship, sponsored by the American Nuclear Society, is a $3,500 annual award given to a student pursuing graduate studies in the field of Nuclear Science. Successful applicants will be in pursuit of research in the area of nuclear reactor physics or radiation transport. Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the American Nuclear Society website for further information about the organization, Paul A. Greebler, and application deadlines.

78. Allan F. Henry Scholarship — $3,500

The Allan F. Henry Scholarship, sponsored by the American Nuclear Society, is a $3,500 annual award given to a student pursuing graduate studies in the field of Nuclear Science. Successful applicants will be in pursuit of research in the area of nuclear reactor physics or radiation transport. Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the American Nuclear Society website for further information about the organization, Allan F. Henry, and application deadlines.

79. Saul Levine Memorial Scholarship — $3,000

The Saul Levine Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the American Nuclear Society’s Nuclear Installations Safety Division, is a $3,000 annual award given to a student pursuing a Master’s degree in Nuclear Science, Nuclear Engineering, or another nuclear-related field. Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the American Nuclear Society website for further information about the organization, Saul Levine, and application deadlines.

80. John Randall Scholarship — $3,000

The John Randall Scholarship, sponsored by the American Nuclear Society, is a $3,000 annual award given to a student pursuing a Master’s degree in the areas of science and engineering. Successful applicants will be in pursuit of research specifically related to the nuclear fuel cycle and radioactive waste management. Those interested are encouraged to view the American Nuclear Society website for further information about the organization, John Randall, and application deadlines.

81. James F. Schumar Scholarship — $3,000

The James F. Schumar Scholarship, sponsored by the American Nuclear Society, is a $3,000 annual award given to a student pursuing graduate studies in the field of Nuclear Science. Successful applicants will be in pursuit of research related to material science and technology for nuclear applications. Those interested are encouraged to view the American Nuclear Society website for further information about the organization, James A. Schumar, and application deadlines.

82. Nuclear Criticality Safety Pioneers Scholarship — Varies

Each year, the American Nuclear Society’s Nuclear Criticality Safety Division awards this scholarship in recognition of the many “pioneers” who have made major contributions to nuclear criticality safety. The scholarship is offered to one graduate student per year who is interested in nuclear safety, and who wishes to conduct research on topics such as computer code development for neutron transport calculations, critical or subcritical experiments, and neutron cross section evaluation. The criteria considered include an applicant’s contributions to the American Nuclear Society, financial need, professional accomplishments and/or career objectives, and academic performance. Check the website for details regarding the application deadline.

83. Decommissioning, Decontamination and Reutilization Scholarship — Varies

The American Nuclear Society’s Decommissioning, Decontamination, and Reutilization Division awards this scholarship to one graduate student per year who is interested in aspects of nuclear engineering consistent with the goals of the division, and who wishes to conduct research on topics such as decommissioning or managing radioactive waste, restoring the environment, or related areas of nuclear engineering. Prospective applicants should be enrolled in a graduate engineering program, and should submit a description of both long-term and short-term professional objectives.

84. John and Muriel Landis Scholarship — $5,000

The John and Muriel Landis Scholarship is awarded annually to eight graduate students with greater-than-average financial need. Successful applicants will be planning a career in nuclear science, nuclear engineering, or a nuclear-related field, and will be enrolled in a Nuclear Science graduate program. Though recipients of this scholarship are required to be attending a college or university located in the United States, it is not required that they be U.S. citizens. Prospective applicants are encouraged to view the American Nuclear Society website for further information, including application deadlines.

85. Sarah Bradley Tyson Memorial Fellowship — $1,000

The Sarah Bradley Tyson Memorial Fellowship is an annual $1,000 scholarship sponsored by the Women’s National Farm and Garden Association. The fellowship may be used for Master’s degree study in subjects related to agriculture and horticulture at an accredited college or university within the United States. To apply, candidates should submit
an academic transcript, a statement of her plan of study, personal recommendations, any papers written on the area of interest, a health certification, and a recent photograph. The annual application deadline is April 15.

86. Julia Kiene Fellowship in Electrical Energy — $2,000

The Julia Kiene Fellowship in Electrical Energy is an annual grant sponsored by the Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals. To be eligible for the award, applicants must be female and pursuing a Master’s degree in any area of electrical energy. Selection for the fellowship is based upon academic performance, character, financial need, and a willingness to continue a career in a field related to electrical energy. The annual application deadline is March 1.

87. Lyle Mamer Fellowship — $1,000

The Lyle Mamer Fellowship awards $1,000 annually to support students pursuing graduate work related to the utility industry. Candidates may be studying Business/Consumer Services, Communications, Computer Science/Data Processing, Electrical Engineering, or Energy and Power Engineering, but must include a statement explaining how their field is related to the utility industry. Selection for the fellowship is based upon academic performance, character, financial need, and a willingness to continue a career in utilities. The application deadline is May 1.

88. Arthur S. Tuttle Memorial Scholarship — $2,000

The American Society of Civil Engineers offers this annual scholarship to students pursuing a graduate degree in Civil Engineering. The $2,000 scholarship can be used towards tuition or research necessities. Prospective applicants should submit academic transcripts, a personal essay explaining their desire to become a civil engineer, letters of recommendation, and a detailed annual budget listing expenses related to education. Selection is based upon the applicant’s personal essay and career goals, academic performance, potential for development, and personal character. The annual application deadline is February 10.

89. O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship in Structural Engineering — $5,000

The O.H. Ammann Research Fellowship in Structural Engineering is an annual award given for the purpose of encouraging innovation in the field of structural design and construction. The successful applicant will be a graduate student at a college or university, affiliated through membership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, and studying Construction Engineering, Construction Management, or Civil Engineering. Prospective applicants are encouraged to check the official website for details regarding the application and deadlines.

90. Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship — Varies

The Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship is open to women in their second year of graduate studies, in hopes that it will encourage them to go further and pursue a PhD. To be considered for this prestigious award, prospective applicants must be nominated by their university. Successful applicants will be studying Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics, or Bioinformatics/Information Science, and should submit a personal C.V. and two letters of recommendation. Interested students are encouraged to view the official website for deadline details and scholarships FAQs.

91. Chrysalis Scholarship — Varies

The Chrysalis Scholarship provides financial support for female graduate students whose education has been significantly interrupted by life circumstances. The scholarship, amounts of which vary on a case-by-case basis, is intended to cover costs associated with completion of a Master’s thesis. Successful candidates will be enrolled in a college or university studying Earth Science, Meteorology/Atmospheric Science, Archaeology, Environmental Science, Museum Studies, Geography, Natural Sciences, Hydrology, Oceanography, or Physical Sciences. The annual application deadline is March 31.

92. Society of Women Engineers Scholarship Program — Varies

Funded by the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), these scholarships provide assistance to women pursuing graduate degrees in Engineering, Engineering Technology, or Computer Science. There are a number of awards available, each ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Many of these scholarships are also aimed directly at women who have had interruptions in their education. Prospective applicants should check the website for further information regarding application deadlines.

93. American Water Works Association Academic Achievement Award — Varies

The Academic Achievement Award is sponsored by the American Water Works Association in order to encourage the academic excellence of those interested in pursuing careers or PhD research relevant to the water supply industry. Prospective applicants must submit their Master’s thesis in order to be eligible for the award. A first place winner will be awarded $3,000, while a second place winner will receive $1,500. The annual deadline for submission of a thesis is October 1.

94. Thomas R. Camp Scholarship — $5,000

The Thomas R. Camp Scholarship is an annual award sponsored by the American Water Works Association. This master’s degree scholarship is awarded to outstanding students pursuing master’s degrees, and conducting applied research on a topic related to drinking water. Applicants are judged based on the relevance of their chosen topic and the potential for leadership in the field of drinking water. Interested applicants should check the official website for further information and for application deadlines.

95. Carollo Engineers Scholarship — $10,000

The Carollo Engineers Scholarship is an annual award sponsored by the American Water Works Association. It is awarded to one outstanding student pursuing a master’s degree and conducting applied research on a topic related to water energy, wastewater, or water use. Applicants are judged based on the relevance of their chosen topic and the potential for leadership in the field of water. Interested applicants should check the official website for further information and for application deadlines.

96. Larson Aquatic Research Support Scholarship — $5,000

The Larson Aquatic Research Support Scholarship is an annual award sponsored by the American Water Works Association. It is a master’s degree scholarship awarded to one outstanding master’s student interested in the fields of corrosion control, treatment and distribution of domestic and industrial water supplies, aquatic chemistry, and environmental chemistry. Applicants are judged based on the relevance of their chosen topic and the potential for leadership in the field of water. Interested applicants should check the official website for further information and for application deadlines.

97. Holly A. Cornell Scholarship — $7,500

This program will appeal to those looking for master’s degree scholarships for women and those looking for master’s degree scholarships for minorities. The Holly A. Cornell Scholarship is an annual award sponsored by the American Water Works Association. It is awarded to support talented female and/or minority masters’ students who are pursuing degrees and research in the field of water supply and treatment. Applicants are judged based on the relevance of their chosen research and the potential for leadership in the field of water. Interested applicants should check the official website for further information and for application deadlines.

98. Hazen and Sawyer Scholarship — $5,000

The Hazen and Sawyer Scholarship is an annual award sponsored by the American Water Works Association. It is awarded to support a student seeking a master’s degree in the field of water science. Applicants are judged based on their potential to provide leadership in applied research and consulting in the drinking water field. The scholarship recipient will also be provided with travel assistance to the American Water Works Association’s annual conference. Interested applicants should check the official website for further information and for application deadlines.

99. National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowship — $16,000

The National Physical Science Consortium (NPSC) Fellowship is a unique program open to any American student of physical science. Intended to increase the number of graduates in fields such as astronomy, chemistry, geoscience, physics, and engineering, the scholarship amount is $16,000. Successful applicants will have at least a 3.0 grade point average, and will be enrolled in a graduate program at one of the NPSC’s many member institutions.

100. AT&T Labs Research Fellowship — Varies

This program will appeal to individuals looking for master’s degree scholarships for minorities. The AT&T Labs Research Fellowship aims to assist minority groups that are underrepresented in technological fields. Those chosen for this fellowship will receive a full-tuition scholarship; expenses for books, fees, and approved travel; a monthly stipend for living expenses; money to conduct research; and all travel expenses for one approved scientific conference per year. Successful applicants will be of African-American, Hispanic, or Native American descent who are enrolled in or planning to enroll in a graduate program for computer science, mathematics, electrical engineering, or industrial engineering.

Paul W. Rodgers Scholarship for Great Lakes Research — $2,000

The Paul W. Rogers Scholarship is an annual $2,000 master’s degree scholarship given to a student who is interested in pursuing a future career in research, conservation, education, communication, management, or other knowledge-base activity pertaining to the Great Lakes. Eligible students should be attending an accredited college or university for Earth Science, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Natural Science, Natural Resources, Hydrology, or Education. Interested students are encouraged to check the official website for further details regarding the application process. The annual deadline to apply is March 1.

This concludes our rundown of 100 great programs for master’s degree scholarship.