Black women have been marginalized for centuries, and yet we still make up a large portion of the population. Historically, black women were unable to receive an education or pursue careers in many fields. Fortunately, today’s climate is changing and becoming more inclusive—especially with regard to higher education programs and scholarships for black women! Here’s a look at some of the best PhD scholarships available to minority students:
1. American Association of University Women-International Fellowships
This fellowship is awarded to minority women in the U.S. who are enrolled in a PhD program and are members of AAUW. Candidates must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., and applications for the AAUW International Fellowships for Minority Women Doctoral Students may be submitted between September 1 and December 31 each year (the application period is closed).
2. Susan A. Stratton Scholarship for Minority Graduate Students
The Susan A. Stratton Scholarship for Minority Graduate Students is a major scholarship program administered by the USGS that provides financial support to minority graduate students in the sciences. The scholarship was established in 1997 by then-Senator Tom Daschle as part of his efforts to increase diversity in the sciences.
It’s open only to women who have completed their undergraduate degrees and are enrolled full-time in doctoral programs at any accredited university or college within the United States or Puerto Rico. You must also be a U.S citizen or national, Alaska Native, American Indian/Alaska Native (Native American), African American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander (Native Hawaiian).
3. National Medical Fellowships
National Medical Fellowships is an organization that provides scholarships to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the health professions. The scholarship program is open to all applicants, but the program specifically targets students that are members of underrepresented minority groups.
The scholarship covers tuition and fees, a monthly stipend, and annual travel allowance.
4. United Negro College Fund-Merck Science Initiative
The United Negro College Fund-Merck Science Initiative Scholarship is a program that gives minority students pursuing their master’s degree a chance to receive $10,000. The scholarship is open to all minority students who have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and are enrolled in an accredited graduate program at any accredited university in the United States. Candidates must be US citizens or permanent residents, and they cannot have previously held any other UNCF scholarships.
5. The Pacific Life Foundation Medical Education Scholarships for Minority Students
Pacific Life Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides funding for medical education scholarships for minority students. The organization also supports community outreach programs and educational programs.
The scholarship program provides financial assistance to African American, Latino and Native American students in their pursuit of medical careers.
In order to be eligible you must:
- Be admitted into a graduate or professional school
- Be accepted as a full-time student at an accredited U.S. college or university (2 year undergraduate schools are not eligible)
- Plan on enrolling in a participating teaching hospital/health system serving low income patients who have no insurance or Medicaid coverage through their own state’s program
6. American Indian Graduate Center
Do you want to study law, business, or public health? Are you a member of an American Indian tribe? If so, then consider applying for the American Indian Graduate Center’s scholarship program. The AIGC offers one $15,000 scholarship each year to Native American students who are interested in pursuing graduate-level studies at accredited colleges and universities.
The application deadline is December 15th (or the next business day if it falls on a Saturday). To apply for this scholarship:
- Go to [the AIGC website](https://www.d2lconnect.com/aigc/)
- Click “Apply Now” at the top right corner of their homepage
- Select which award(s) you would like to apply for
7. Jeanne E. Bray Memorial Scholarship
- Scholarship is open to students in the fields of education, engineering and physical sciences.
- It is for women of color (African American, Hispanic/Latino American and Native American).
- It is for women who are entering their second year of study at an accredited four-year college or university.
8. Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting Doctoral Fellowships
- This scholarship is for women studying accounting.
- This scholarship is for doctoral students.
- This scholarship is for minority students.
- This scholarship is for women.
- This scholarship is for African American women and/or Hispanic American women who are pursuing a doctorate in accounting at an accredited college or university in the United States.
9. Gates Millennium Scholars Program
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program is one of the most prestigious scholarships for African American women. It’s a scholarship that’s open to students who are from low-income households, and if you’re an African American, American Indian or Alaskan Native student; Hispanic or Latino student; Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) student; or Native Hawaiian/Native Pacific Islander (NHPI) student.
10. Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation
Who is eligible to apply?
The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation awards up to $30,000 each year in scholarships and graduate school funding to students who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and are pursuing a master’s degree or PhD in public service fields that would benefit from their skills and background (e.g., education policy). In addition, applicants must be U.S.-born citizens or permanent residents.
These scholarships offer a lot of financial support and guidance to black women doctoral students.
As a black woman who is pursuing her academic career, you might be wondering how to pay for your education. If you’re considering applying for scholarships, here are some organizations that offer financial support and guidance to black women doctoral students:
If you are looking for a doctoral scholarship, we hope that this list has given you some ideas. Remember the most important thing is to do your research and find out which scholarship best fits your needs. Good luck!