The College of Social Science administers several scholarships for undergraduate students through the generous support of Social Science alumni and friends. Review the list of scholarships offered through the College, and be sure to check with your major for additional scholarship opportunities.
Scholarship applications are now online!
The Dean’s Assistantship provides exceptional College of Social Science students with support to conduct advanced mentored research projects. Research projects must make a substantial contribution to scholarship. Candidates for the Dean’s Assistantship are nominated by their department or school. Students must have a faculty sponsor. Each department or school follows its own nomination procedures and forwards the names and completed applications of one or more candidates to the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs. Selection of the final recipients is made by the Associate Dean in consultation with the College Scholarship Committee.
Designed to provide undergraduates with an opportunity to work closely with faculty on major research projects, usually as part of the faculty member’s own scholarly enterprises. Faculty submit request for project funding and nominate student researchers. Access the application form through the link below.
Encourages and challenges outstanding students by providing opportunities to practice social and behavioral science through innovative research with a faculty mentor. Must be an undergraduate major in the College of Social Science, with a minimum of 87 semester credits completed prior to commencement of the award (not prior to selection), high academic achievement, and focused career goals. Candidates are nominated by faculty, chairs and directors, or the Associate Dean for Academic & Student Affairs.
Benefits talented students who will enhance program diversity and reinforce the record of commitment by the College of Social Science for educating students who are representative of our larger society. Must be freshmen, sophomore, or junior with a primary major in the College of Social Science.
Benefits worthy and capable students in the College of Social Science who have unusual financial need but may not normally be qualified for financial aid. Preference is given to students from single parent households who, without this award, would have difficulty attending MSU. Must be freshmen, sophomore, or junior majors in the College of Social Science.
Benefits worthy and capable students in the College of Social Science majoring in either the Department of Political Science or in Interdisciplinary Studies. Must be preparing for careers in public policy or public administration in government, non-profit or public interest association, or private sector organizations that deal with the interrelationship between private enterprise and public policy. Must show evidence of intellectual maturity and a well-rounded undergraduate education.
This award honors the memory and outstanding achievements of Ruth Simms Hamilton, a prominent sociology professor and faculty member of the African Studies Center, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for Advanced Study of International Development. She was an early pioneer of research concerning the African Diaspora.
Scholarships will be awarded each year to outstanding sociology majors at Michigan State University.
Submissions for this award are due March 1 each year. Each submission will include a brief personal essay (1-2 pages) and a resume of career and academic achivements.
The following study abroad scholarships are accessible through the links below:
The following study away scholarships are accessible through the links below:
A. J. Harris II Field Experience Scholarship (Interdisciplinary Studies Major)