When you graduate from your undergraduate program, you have a number of choices available to you. Many people decide to enter the workforce and begin building their career before continuing on in pursuit of a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. For those students who have completed their undergraduate and master’s degree programs, when they are pursuing a Ph.D., student scholarships can be tremendously beneficial for a number of reasons.
Affording college today can be incredibly challenging. Many students take out loans to help pay for it and when they continue to advance their career through a master’s degree program and onto a Ph.D., it becomes clear that they need to work in order to survive. When you calculate the number of years it takes to acquire an undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, and a Ph.D., it’s approximately nine years. That’s an incredible amount of time to be devoted to one’s college education.
Those college students who are continuing to pursue their Ph.D., loans may be a viable resource, but that is just going to continue mounting the debt that they hold once they graduate. That’s why scholarships are so important for many reasons. When it comes to Ph.D. student scholarships, there are number of programs that are available to the average student, to minorities, women, and more, who are actively pursuing their Ph.D. Here are a few of them you might want to consider.
International Fellowship-American Association of University Women
This is available to graduate students who are in their first through their fifth year of graduate studies. That would include those who are pursuing a Master’s degree as well is their Ph.D.
The total amount of the scholarship award is $30,000. It is available to female international students who are pursuing a postgraduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States.
The determination on who receives this particular scholarship award is based on academic performance, professional potential, and the potential to make some type of improvement in the lives of women and girls in their home country. Preference for these awards are provided to women who are residing in their home countries at the time of the application.
For those women who may be eligible for this particular Ph.D. student scholarship and are interested in learning more, they should visit the website here.
College Scholarship Essay Competition
While this particular $1,000 scholarship award is available to high school seniors all the way through graduate students in their fifth year, which means Ph.D. students, the College Scholarship Essay Competition can be a great way to help supplement the cost of living, books and supplies, and tuition for a Ph.D. student.
In order to be considered for this particular scholarship, students need to submit a 500 worse word essay. For the deadline that falls on December 1, 2015, the topic is, “What steps could lawmakers take to strengthen current laws that are aimed at reducing distracted driving and what additional legal measures could be passed to make our roads safer?”
Any Ph.D. student who is interested in entering this particular essay competition for the chance to win a $1,000 scholarship award is directed to their website here.
William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
This particular scholarship awards $4,000 to the recipient. Applicants need to be actively enrolled full-time in college at an accredited four-year college or university in the United States and they must be either a college sophomore through graduate level, fifth year.
It’s provided by the Aspen Institute, the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students. It’s made available to minority undergraduate and graduate students, including Ph.D. students. In order to be qualified for this particular scholarship, the student must have a background in social sciences or humanities. They also need to possess exceptional writing and communication skills.
Those chosen as winners of this particular award will need to participate in an internship for 12 to 15 weeks during the summer at an office of the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC. Minority students, especially Ph.D. students, are encouraged to apply through their website here.
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
This scholarship amount can vary and the deadline also varies, but it’s available to graduate students only who are in their first year through their fifth year. This is a great scholarship for Ph.D. students. It is made available through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). There is a preference for female students and minorities who have a vested interest in independent research in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology.
In order to be eligible for this particular scholarship, applicants need to be a United States citizen who is currently pursuing a Master’s or doctoral level degree in Oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology. If the student is not currently actively enrolled in a graduate level program, they need to intend to do so in the near future.
Candidates also need to maintain a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 in order to be considered for this award. Those Ph.D. students who have a specific interest in studying fisheries and coastal ecosystems are given priority for this scholarship award. Also, coastal navigation, hazard response and management, and geological dynamics and biogeochemical cycles are also fields of studies that receive preference.
Any Ph.D. student who is interested in the scholarship should visit the website here for more details.