Scholarships for International Students

Most scholarships and awards available for study in the United States are primarily for US citizens. However, there are still some opportunities for international students. As an international student, you should focus your search on universities and colleges that are actively seeking students such as yourself. Many of these institutions offer scholarships to international students as part of their efforts to attract a diverse range of individuals to their campus. In addition to opportunities with specific college and universities, there are various contests and awards that may also be available to you because they are open to all individuals and are not restricted to US citizens.

Use the following list of awards and resources to help you with your search for financial aid to study in the United States. Please contact each organization to confirm deadlines and eligibility criteria. Under no circumstances should you use this listing as the sole resource for your scholarship search. There may be other scholarships available to you based on your background and specific interests. The provision of the following short list of scholarships is meant only to give you a jump-start on your scholarship search. Read the chapters, “Research: Discovering Hidden Treasures” and “Scholarships for International Students & Study Abroad Funding for U. S. Students” in Winning Scholarships for College for more on scholarship search strategies. The appendix of Winning Scholarships for College also highlights scholarships and awards for international students using special icons. In addition, don’t forget to use the free web based scholarship search engines listed in Free Scholarship Searches. You may find additional opportunities with some or all of them.

To get information about the scholarships and awards listed below, visit the linked web sites or refer to the appendix of Winning Scholarships for College for more information.

Scholarship/Award Scholarship Amount Deadline Administrator/Sponsor
American Association of University Women International Fellowships Up to $30,000 depending upon type of fellowship December 1 American Association of University Women
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans Varies November 1 Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

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