Funding Study in America - scholarships

Finding funding for study in the US is a difficult process, but there are several funding bodies that will help with funding tuition fees, accommodation, travel and materials.

While fees in the US may be considerable higher than most countries, there are many funding sources for international students studying in the USA. Below are just a few:

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Fulbright awards are made to both undergraduate and postgraduate students who need funding to study in the US. Awards are only available for study at accredited US institutions.

Funding awards are made in a variety of subjects and fields, including:
  • Journalism
  • MBAs
  • Science and technology
  • Financial services
  • Law

Hood College International Merit Scholarship

This award recognises undergraduate international students for academic excellence during secondary school. The funding is to be used towards tuition and fees at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland.
International students are eligible for a scholarship of up to $18,000, with the amount going toward s funding for submission and fees.

Academic Scholarship Award with InTuition

The Academic Scholarship Award is aimed at students looking to study liberal arts or sport degrees at universities in the US. InTuition is partnered with 90 accredited institutions across the USA and offers a pre-screening process for students to aid their scholarship application.

The scholarship programmes on offer:

Each eligible participant will receive a scholarship report with a minimum of 9 Scholarship offers to the following scale: 
  • 2 offers where you will pay no more than $12,000 of the College costs
  • 3 offers where you will pay no more than $15,000 of the College costs
  • 4 offers where you will pay no more than $20,000 of the College costs
Applicants will be expected to pay a fee $2,600 for a programme of ten university scholarship offers. If you fail to get an offer your fee will be refunded.

George Washington University Freeman Fellowship Program for Asian Mid-career Pro

Three fellowships worth approximately $22,000 are available to Asian mid-career professionals from developing Asian nations to pursue the Master of International Policy and Practice degree programme.

Candidates must be a mid-career professional from a developing Asian nation with a B.A., plus either eight years of professional work experience or an advanced degree. A TOEFL score of 600 (250 on the computer-based test) is also required.

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarships for Developing Countries

Study in the US scholarships are available through the Aga Khan Foundation for students from developing countries who have no other means of funding study in the US.

Awards are available for students on Masters level courses, but also for those considering PhD applications. Scholarships are awarded on a 50/50 grant to loan basis.

Students from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Syria, Egypt, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Madagascar, France, Portugal, the UK, the US and Canada are eligible to apply.

AAUW International Fellowships

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Fellowships support one year of study in the United States at the Masters, PhD or Postdoctoral level.

Recipients are eligible for $18,000, $20,000 and $30,000 USD, which will cover living and educational expenses for the 12-month full-time study.