Professional Studies

"Professional studies" is a term used to classify academic programs which are applied or interdisciplinary in focus. The term can also be used for non-academic training for a specific profession.

Professional studies usually combine theory and practice-based professional learning, focusing on a body of knowledge that is more strictly delineated and canonical than non-professional studies. Students are trained to ensure expected standards and adequate service delivery in the best practice of a profession.

Professional studies may lead to academic degrees such as the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS), Master of Professional Studies (MPS), or Doctor of Professional Studies (DPS). A BPS is similar to a Bachelor of General Studies with a greater emphasis on practical and technical training (and a corresponding lower emphasis on liberal arts), and therefore of greater interest to mid-career students.[citation needed] MPS degrees are usually course-based with a report or project component rather than a research thesis. The US National Science Foundation considers a DPS to be equivalent to a PhD.

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Scholarships for Professional Studies Majors

Bullet name award deadline Link
 

AAAS Risk Policy Fellowship in Health, Safety and the Environment

American Association for the Advancement of Science

Up to $105,000 November 01, 2021 See Details
 

AAAS Risk Policy Fellowship in Health, Safety and the Environment

American Association for the Advancement of Science

award

Up to $105,000

deadline

November 01, 2021
See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

Up to $60,000 November 01, 2021 See Details
 

Churchill Scholarship

Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States

award

Up to $60,000

deadline

November 01, 2021
See Details
 

A. Verville Fellowship - National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian Institution - National Air and Space Museum

$50,000 December 01, 2021 See Details
 

A. Verville Fellowship - National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian Institution - National Air and Space Museum

award

$50,000

deadline

December 01, 2021
See Details
 

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

$39,000 October 29, 2021 See Details
 

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

award

$39,000

deadline

October 29, 2021
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Siebel Scholars Program

Siebel Scholars Foundation

$35,000 Varies See Details
 

Siebel Scholars Program

Siebel Scholars Foundation

award

$35,000

deadline

Varies
See Details
 

Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program

Cedars-Sinai

Up to $34,000 Varies See Details
 

Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Gifted Scholars Program

Cedars-Sinai

award

Up to $34,000

deadline

Varies
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Guggenheim Fellowship - National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian Institution - National Air and Space Museum

Up to $45,000 December 01, 2021 See Details
 

Guggenheim Fellowship - National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian Institution - National Air and Space Museum

award

Up to $45,000

deadline

December 01, 2021
See Details
 

PIRG Fellowship

National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups

$25,500 Varies See Details
 

PIRG Fellowship

National Association of State Public Interest Research Groups

award

$25,500

deadline

Varies
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Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship

American Architectural Foundation

$25,000 Varies See Details
 

Richard Morris Hunt Fellowship

American Architectural Foundation

award

$25,000

deadline

Varies
See Details
 

Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

$19,000 Varies See Details
 

Bess Heflin Fellowship

University of Texas at Austin, Office of Graduate Studies

award

$19,000

deadline

Varies
See Details