Scholarships in the USA

Scholarships in the USA

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Study Info CentreTue Oct 19 2021

The USA is one of the most expensive nations in the world to pursue higher education. No doubt there!

The fee structure depending upon your preferred course of study can be painstakingly high. But don’t let that put you off.

With the rise in international students pursuing higher education in America, US Universities often prioritize internationalization. 

As a result, dozens of government and non-governmental institutions offer various scholarships and grants to domestic and international students(specifically).

Below is the list of scholarships in the USA for international students- some funded by the US Government, some by private institutions and some by different institutions to aid interested students based on merit, needs and other qualifications. 

US Government Scholarships for International Students

The American Government offers very few scholarships to International Students. Some of the most famous higher education scholarship programs are the Foreign Fulbright student program and the Humphrey fellowship program. 

Foreign Fulbright Student Program 

The Fulbright Programs are a full scholarship program for international students in the USA to pursue higher education in the USA. These scholarships are only offered for masters and PhD degrees. Further, it is also awarded to any non-degree postgraduate studies. This scholarship program covers full tuition, full accommodation, a living stipend, airfare and health insurance. 

Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program is a part of the Fulbright program that provides scholarships to experienced professionals with leadership potential from designated countries worldwide. Applicants are selected based on their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector. This program covers all expenses. However, under fellowships grants, you don’t get to choose your university. Instead, you are assigned the appropriate host institution as per your skills and interests.

Non- Governmental US Scholarships for International Students

Most of the government funding in America is reserved for domestic students. However, to compensate for very few government scholarships, there are a lot of colleges and universities and private institutions offering an extensive range of scholarships for international students in the USA.

Some of them are listed below:

The Next Gen Scholarship

The Next Gen Scholarship program is aimed at the international students willing to study in Mayland, Washington/Virginia. The scholarships grant for higher education amounts to $1,000. To be eligible for this program, the applicant must have a minimum grade point average(GPA) of 3.0.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship 

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship is an international scholarship for all overseas students studying any subject at 57 participating colleges or universities in the USA.

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit an essay or video to demonstrate their interest and initiative in promoting intercultural learning and exchange.

Civil Society Leadership Awards

Civil Society Leadership Awards is fully funded scholarships for Master’s level students from eligible countries to study in the US or another host country.

David P. Shapiro Autism Scholarship 

A scholarship worth US$1,000  is provided to current or prospective students in the US diagnosed with autism.

Preply Scholarship 

This scholarship is open to all students — domestic and international, and at any study level aged between 16 and 35. 

To enter, students must submit a 500-word essay related to online education, multilingualism, and professional development.

Three winners are selected and will receive an award of up to $2,000.

For Asian students:

East-West Center Scholarships and Fellowships 

It offers scholarships to study in the US within selected institutions. This scholarship is aimed at international students from the Asia-Pacific region.

Japan-United States Friendship Commission 

It is an initiative run by Japan and the US to offer grant programs to Japanese students willing to study in the US and vice versa.

Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program 

This scholarship is offered to 11 exceptional Asian students to study in the US at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. It covers the total tuition cost and student fees.

For Australian students:

Fulbright Program 

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission provides scholarships to Australian citizens in all study levels. Awarded students pursue research or study at a U.S. institution, participate in an academic and cultural exchange, experience life abroad and share their knowledge and experience with their communities in Australia.

For female students: 

AAUW International Fellowships 

This fellowship is offered by the American Association of University Women for female international students to study in the US.

Bat and Ball Game Women’s Sports Scholarship 

This scholarship offers $1,000 to a woman studying a sports-related degree at any US university.

MIT-Zaragoza Women in Logistics and SCM Scholarship 

It is a US scholarship for female students of any age, ethnicity or nationality. It enables students to study at the Zaragoza Logistics Center at MIT.

For graduates:

Rotary Peace Fellowships 

Rotary Peace Fellowship scholarships are awarded to the master’s degree students studying in one of Rotary’s Peace Centers, such as at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill or Duke University.

For students from developing countries:

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme 

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme is a scholarship provision for postgraduate international students from selected developing countries without any source of financial help to pursue graduate studies.

 It generally prioritizes requests for Master’s level studies. However, PhD programmes are also considered for grants in the case of outstanding students with high recommendations from their professors. 

Applications for short-term courses as well as from students who have already started their course of study will not be considered. 

This scholarship comprises of 50% grant and a   50% loan.

The foundation accepts applications from the students of the following countries:

  • Bangladesh
  • India
  • Pakistan
  • Afghanistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Syria
  • Egypt
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Madagascar
  • Mozambique

Local Scholarship Committees will interview applicants about their financial situation, academic performance, extra-curricular achievements and career plans.

The annual Scholarship Selection takes place in late June or early July.  All the applicants are notified of the outcome of their application shortly thereafter.

MasterCard Foundation Scholarships 

It is a scholarship provision for African students to study in the US and Africa.

USA colleges and Universities offering Scholarships to International Students

Some of the Scholarships provided by different universities and colleges in the USA for international students are listed below:

Institute

Scholarship

Amount

Eligibility

Terms

The University of Texas at Arlington

Merit Scholarship for Nepalese Students in the USA

Full Tuition Waiver

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

Morehead State University

International Student Merit 

Scholarships in the USA for Nepalese students

Full Tuition Waiver

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

University of South Dakota

International Student Merit Scholarships in the USA

Full Tuition Waiver

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

University of New Mexico

International Student Merit Scholarship

Full Tuition Waiver

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

South Dakota State University

International Student Merit Scholarships in the USA

Full Tuition Waiver

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

Miami University

International Student Merit Scholarships in the USA

Full Tuition Waiver

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

McNeese State University

International Student Merit Scholarship

Full Tuition Waiver

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

University of Kansas

International Student Merit Scholarships in the USA for Nepalese students

Full Tuition Waiver

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

Oklahoma City University

International Student Merit Scholarship

Full Tuition Waiver

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

Yale University

Yale University Scholarship

USD 50,000 - USD 70,000 per year (subject to conditions)

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

Stanford University 

Stanford University Scholarships

Full Tuition Waiver, travelling allowance, Living allowance and academic expenses

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

University of Vermont

International Student Merit Scholarship

Full Tuition Waiver

Highly Competitive CGPA, IELTS/TOEFL & SAT/ACT Scores

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.

Amherst College

Amherst College Scholarships

self-help(employment) and Gift aid(scholarships and grants)

Need-based

Once awarded, the scholarship is extended for the whole program as long as the GPA is maintained as per University Policy.