Scholarships For International Students In USA

Are you considering undertaking postgraduate studies in America as an international student?

International postgraduate students in the US are uniquely placed as there are many postgraduate scholarships available to apply for from lots of different organisations. So how do you tap into this indispensable resource?

Are you attending a public or private university?

In the US, public universities will consider any student who is not resident already in the state the university is based in to be an ‘out-of-state’ student regardless of whether they come from outside of the US or not. Private universities often charge the same tuition fees for all students and they often have policies that mean they do not want to turn away any academically able student because of financial difficulties. For international students, this means you may not see a huge difference in the amount of funding you are searching for in scholarships when attending a public or private institution. 

Check your university for scholarships 

There are often scholarships at the university, regardless of where the student is travelling from, to apply for. Some universities in the US often check every student for some scholarships to assist with tuition fees on acceptance of the place on the course. Universities publish lists of scholarships that students can apply for online and university departments will do the same. This is often where most students start their search for scholarships.

Where do you come from?

Some countries will sponsor students to study certain subjects and train for some professions in the US. These scholarships are usually dependent on returning home after the course has ended. Many organisations also sponsor students to attend university abroad. For example, Indian students can apply for the Inlaks Study Abroad Scholarships for training in Engineering, Medicine, Public Health, Computer Science, Business Studies and Fashion for study in the US. For students from Africa, there are lots of scholarships available for study abroad, so if you are eligible research this on the internet. 

Types of Scholarships

Let’s take a look at the different types of scholarship available.

Government Scholarships: The US Government offers some scholarships for students from developing countries.

University Scholarships: These are scholarships offered directly by the institution to all students and usually include international students. 

Merit Scholarships: These are for students who have excelled in some area of their subject area and are usually open to all students. 

Part Scholarships:This is a one-off payment awarded for excellence or need. 

Financial Scholarships: Most universities offer scholarships for those students in financial need. These are usually, but not always, offered to domestic students. 

Country-based Scholarships: These are usually scholarships that are aimed at students coming from developing countries. 

Private Scholarships: This is when private individuals or businesses offer scholarships often targeting minority groups or those international students coming from developing countries. 

Scholarships For International Students 

Fulbright Commission: This is for UK citizens who have at least a 2:1 for their undergraduate degree and awards cover items such as tuition fees and sickness and accident cover. They also help with visa applications and offer support to students while they study in the USA. 

PEO International Peace Scholarship: Offers students up to $12,500, this is an American association of women that is headquartered in Des Moines and offers female international students scholarships based on need.

American Association of University Women: This is an association that promotes education and training for women in the USA. They offer female international students up to $30,000 to help with their postgraduate studies.

Civil Leadership Awards: A fully funded scholarship is awarded to successful international students from a select group of developing countries coming to the USA to study a masters level course in a certain number of subject areas. 

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship: International students from a group of developing countries can apply for an award that is 50% scholarship and 50% loan to cover the cost of their postgraduate studies in the USA. 

Where International Students in the US came from in 2016-17

Let's take a look at what countries the international students in the United States come from.


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adane Aug. 2, 2019, 9:22 a.m.

how can I get the address of free scholarship institutions? thanks

Akram Karimi ( Maral) Aug. 7, 2019, 8:36 p.m.

Hello, I am Akram Karimi an Iranian Girl, in 2018 I have approved in Florida University in SFRC department for PhD in Ecotourism Sustainable Development . Unfortunately, to reason I did not Have scholarship of University or Department , American Embassy in United Arab Emirates did not gave me VISA . Now I am in Iran and I am in post pone. Until now I did not found scholarship or Fund and I am busy for searching Fund or Scholarship for my PhD .
I will be appreciate , if it is possible please advise, how I could find or receive scholarship for start PhD in Florida University.
Best Regards,

Charlotte King Aug. 21, 2019, 5:37 p.m.

Hi Akram - I think you will need to arrange your student visa before you will be able to study your PhD at Florida University. Once you have sorted this out and have been offered a place you will be eligible to apply for one of out Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 - here's the URL you need >
Good luck - Charlotte

Charlotte King Aug. 21, 2019, 5:38 p.m.

Hi Adane,
Here is a link to an informative article about Scholarships in the USA >
Good luck - Charlotte

Dr Soliman Aug. 26, 2019, 11:18 p.m.

I'm from Egypt , I seek about scholarship in USA to study graphic design.
what I do to get a scholaship?
thank you .

Luis Aug. 27, 2019, 11:52 a.m.

Hello I'm ugochukwu Luis from Nigeria. Please am looking for a fully funded scholarship programs for food and science tech masters degree program program in US. Pls kindly help with info.

Abel okwoyo Sept. 1, 2019, 6:52 p.m.

Wish to study masters in animal health full scholarship in USA...please help me achieve the dream.thanks

Charlotte King Sept. 2, 2019, 7:46 p.m.

Here is another an article on funding and scholarships in the United States that may be able to provide you with some more assistance in this >
Good luck!

Kudzai Dzimwe Sept. 24, 2019, 9:09 p.m.

Dear sir/ madam

I am Kudzai from Mizambique, can you please help me with a scholarship to get a degree.

Charlotte King Oct. 3, 2019, 1:25 p.m.

Hi Kuzai – Once you have been offered a place on a postgraduate program you will be eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 >
You may also find certain universities will offer scholarships/bursaries to people from your country/doing your chosen subject – so I recommend you have a look online and see what’s on offer.
Good luck! Charlotte

Peter inyani James Dec. 5, 2019, 5:18 a.m.

Hello am Peter from South Sudan can you please help me with scholarship i want to study electronic engineering

Belay Zerga Dec. 7, 2019, 7:42 p.m.

Dear Sir/Madam, l hope you are feeling great. I am Belay Zerga a PhD candidate at Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. I have finished the course work and proposal defense successfully. I have also finished data collection. Would you please help me with regards to the dissertation write-up completion short term stay fully funded scholarship grant to persue soil laboratory analysis? Thank you very much in advance for your time and help.

Kind regards!

Nelly faith Yama Dec. 8, 2019, 6:56 a.m.

My name is Nellyfaith, am from Nigeria.
Please i want a scholarship to study accounting.

M EbadUllah Dec. 8, 2019, 12:53 p.m.

Hey I am Ebadullah from Pakistan , i want the fully funded scholarship for studying abroad , please guide me how can I persue it. Thank you

Charlotte Dec. 9, 2019, 1:25 p.m.

Hi Peter If you have been offered a place on a postgraduate program in Electronic Engineering anywhere in the world you can apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 each >
Here is some further information about available STEM bursaries for postgraduate study in the UK >
Good luck.

Charlotte Dec. 9, 2019, 1:25 p.m.

Hi Belay – If you get offered a place on the PhD you will be eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 each >

Charlotte Dec. 9, 2019, 1:26 p.m.

Hi Nelly –If you get offered a place on a postgraduate Accounting program you will be eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 each >

Charlotte Dec. 9, 2019, 1:27 p.m.

Hi M EbadUllah – You are probably best researching funding opportunities online from the country that you are going to study at. You should also check with your chosen universities as they may have some relevant scholarships for you. Finally, once you have a place on a PG program anywhere in the world you will be eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 each >

Jerome IGA from uganda Jan. 20, 2020, 6:26 p.m.

Is it possible to get a PhD scholarship in education? I have Masters of education from mbarara university of science and technology

Charlotte King Jan. 21, 2020, 8:04 p.m.

Hi Jerome – this link has a list of al the PhDs in Education currently available to study in the UK >
If any of them appeal to you I suggest you check the fees & funding sections of the institution's website and see what funding is available. And don't forget that once you have been accepted on a Phd program you will be eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 >
Good luck!

Getachew Kindu Feb. 14, 2020, 12:29 p.m.

I have been accepted by Brandies University (USA) for graduate studies program (2020) for MA in Sustainable International Development at Heller School of Social Policy and Management. I am looking for a financial aid or grant to cover the costs such as tuition fee(40%) , house rent, food, books and other related costs .I would be very grateful if you have an award program that enables a person to make his dream come true. Hoping to hear you soon.


Charlotte King Feb. 17, 2020, 7:36 a.m.

Congratulations – that sounds like a very interesting postgraduate course. You are now eligible to apply for one of our Postgrad Solutions Study Bursaries worth £500 towards your tuition fees >
Good luck!

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