Scholarships for Philosophy Majors

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Considering majoring in philosophy while attending college? Currently a philosophy major? You may qualify for a number of scholarships. These are just a few that are open to your educational and career path.

Davidson Fellows Scholarship

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship offers three awards every year: $50,000, $25,000, and $10,000. One of the largest scholarships in the world and extremely prestigious, those who win this award are invited to Washington D.C. for Congressional meetings and a reception. 286 people have won the award, with prizes totaling over $6.7 million.

This scholarship is only open to students who are 18 years and younger and are exceedingly exceptional. Applicants must have completed a significant piece of work prior to applying. In addition to philosophy, other majors or subjects included are technology, science, math, literature, music, engineering, and other outside the box subjects.

Applications are due by February 14, 2018.

MIT Inspire Competition

Even if you are attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (or MIT) next fall, you may not be aware that you may qualify for the MIT Inspire Competition. Organized by MIT undergraduates and judged by graduate students, MIT faculty, and research scientists, the award is open to high school students. You can enter alone or with a partner. 100 finalists will be invited to the campus where they will show their work and compete for the 100 awards. The public also gets involved by voting on their favorite piece.

The scholarship is open to a number of subjects in arts, humanities, and social sciences and more specifically 13 fields from history to philosophy.

You must submit your intent to participate by November 30th 2017. Other due dates for the abstract and research report can be found on the scholarship’s website, where you can also find past winners.

Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowships

If you are considering obtaining a Ph.D. or Th.D in philosophy, you may be excited to hear about the Charlotte W. Newcombe Dissertation Fellowships. With 21 awards available, $25,000 is on the line for winners and since 1981, there have been over 1,200 recipients.

To apply, you must currently be in graduate school and be in the writing stage of your dissertation. The dissertation must be completed between April and August of the following year. The Fellowship asks for topics in religious studies or ethics, such as ethical implications of foreign policies and similar subjects.

The deadline for the first stage of the award this year is November 15th. Even if you are not currently a graduate student, you may want to keep this one in mind for future reference.

These are only three scholarships that are open to philosophy and related majors. Make sure you’re doing due diligence when searching for more! Start with online scholarship databases but also talk to your high school guidance office and future potential colleges for other options that may be available to you. You may be pleasantly surprised and find the perfect scholarship, as if it was tailored for you!

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