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Scholarships & Awards

The Department of Sociology is proud to sponsor various scholarships and prizes in recognition of the outstanding academic work produced by our undergraduate students. Scholarships support you during your academic career while research awards recognize cutting-edge academic research in the field of sociology. We encourage you to apply for either a scholarship or a research opportunity—or both—during your time as an undergraduate in sociology.

The Barbara Newsome Internship Award

The Barbara Newsome Award provides financial support for sociology undergraduates who engage in the community through unpaid internships related to their major. The award provides a $2,000 stipend for a minimum of 120 internship hours, and it is awarded three times a year.

Eligibility: You must be a declared sociology major in good academic standing and working a minimum of 120 internship hours.
Apply: See the CLA Undergraduate Internship Grant for more information and to apply.  We take applications 3 times a year.
Deadline: Applications are due the third Wednesday of spring or fall semester, and early June for the summer term. Fall applications for 2016 are are due by Wednesday, September 21st.

Sociology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

The Sociology Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award is for sociology majors in good academic standing who are completing their own research involving social sciences. This is an annual award for up to $500 toward books and tuition during the fall semester.

Eligibility: You must be a declared sociology major in good academic standing and completing original research involving social problems and/or solutions to social problems.
Apply: Submit the PDF iconapplforsurf2016.pdf to the Department of Sociology at 909 Social Sciences Building.
Deadline: Applications due by Monday, April 4th 2016.

Sociology Undergraduate Capstone Research Award

The Sociology Undergraduate Capstone Research Award provides funding for senior sociology majors who are conducting original research as part of their major project. Many sociology students would like to take advantage of an intensive research experience, but are often unable to do so without additional financial support. Through the generous support of an anonymous donor, the University of Minnesota Department of Sociology will be awarding up to three undergraduate research awards of up to $2,000.

Eligibility: You must be a declared sociology major, a senior in good academic standing, and enrolled for credit in SOC 4966W Major Project Seminar, SOC 4977V or 4978V Proseminar I or II, or an independent study arrangement under the supervision of a sociology faculty member (usually SOC 4094W Directed Research).
Apply: Submit the PDF iconcapstone_application_spring_2016.pdf to the Department of Sociology at 909 Social Sciences Building.
Deadline: Applications are due Feb. 1st, 2016 in 909 Social Sciences Building

Talle Family Scholarship

The Talle Family Scholarship is awarded to exceptional undergraduate students during their senior year. This award provides 10 students with an academic scholarship that covers the full cost of tuition and fees. You are encouraged to review the PDF iconsoc_talle_application_instructions_for_2016_award.pdf and nominate yourself.

Eligibility: You must be a declared sociology major and a senior in good academic standing.
Apply: Submit thePDF iconSoc Talle Application Instructions for 2016 Award.pdf to the Department of Sociology at 909 Social Sciences Building.
Deadline: Applications are due in January for the upcoming spring.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) supports research or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member. Financial awards of up to $1,700 are offered twice a year to full-time undergraduates. These grants provide students an excellent opportunity to receive a stipend for work on a research project of their own design.

Eligibility: You must be a declared sociology major, in good academic standing, and conducting research or a creative project in partnership with a faculty member.
Apply: Visit the UROP website or stop by their office in 233 Appleby Hall for more information.
Deadline: Visit the UROP website for details about upcoming deadlines.

Applications for Summer and Fall 2016 are due Februrary 29th, 2016.

University Honors Program

University Honors Program (UHP) has information and application materials for scholarships if you have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, even if you are not in the University Honors Program. These scholarships range from general scholarships for academic achievement to scholarships targeted to specific student populations: non-traditional students, new transfer students, minority students, and/or students with particular academic interests. The University Honors Program can also help you find information about national scholarships and can help you apply for these awards.

Eligibility: You must be a declared sociology major, and have a GPA of at least 3.5.
Apply: Visit the University Honors Website

Other Scholarship Resources

You should also consider applying for college-wide and university-wide awards and scholarships.

Scholarships and fellowships for minority students