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It’s no secret that the US is one of the most expensive nations in which to pursue higher education, but don't let that put you off, as there are hundreds of opportunities to gain funding for your studies here.

As an international student, you won’t be eligible for funding intended specifically for US nationals. However, as US universities prioritize internationalization, the number of international scholarships to study in the US has grown. There are also some US universities that offer need-blind admission to international students.

Below is a selection of US scholarships for international students, some funded by the US government, some funded by private organizations and some funded by specific institutions. Good luck with your applications!

Government-funded US scholarships for international students

  •  – Perhaps the most popular government-funded US scholarships for international students, Fulbright offers scholarships for graduate students, young professionals and artists to study in the US for one year or more. Open to international students in all fields excluding medicine.
  •  – This is a non-degree scholarship program for international, experienced professionals wishing to undertake 10 months of academic study in the US. Although the funding doesn’t support degree qualifications, students are able to study and develop their knowledge at academic institutions across the nation.

Non-governmental US scholarships for international students

  •  – Abbey Road are offering US scholarships worth US$1,000 for language and art students, as well as US$500 fellowships for “summer enrichment” at institutions within the states.
  • – Fully-funded scholarships are available for students from eligible countries to study in the US or another host country at master’s level.
  •  – Scholarships to study in the US for non-residents and international students. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA (grade point average) and be enrolled on a program at an accredited university within Washington DCMaryland or Virginia. Worth US$1,000.
  •  – Awarded twice a year to passionate international students wishing to study in the US. Worth US$1,000.
  •  – A one-time scholarship worth US$1,000 open to current or prospective students in the US diagnosed with autism.

For Asian students:

  •  – Scholarships to study in the US within selected institutions, aimed at international students from the Asia-Pacific region.
  •  – An initiative run by Japan and the US, this commission offers grant programs to Japanese students wishing to study in the US (and vice versa).
  • – Scholarships for 11 exceptional Asian students to study in the US at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. Covers the full cost of tuition and student fees.

For female students: 

  •  – Fellowships offered by the American Association of University Women for female international students to study in the US.
  •  – US scholarships for female students of any age, ethnicity or nationality, to study at the Zaragoza Logistics Center at MIT.
  • – A scholarship offering $1,000 to a woman currently studying a sports-related degree at any US university.
  • More scholarships for minority female students are listed here.

For graduate students:

  •  – Scholarships to study in the US awarded to master’s degree students studying within one of Rotary’s Peace Centers (such as at Duke University or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill).

For students from developing countries:

  •  – Scholarships for postgraduate international students hailing from countries in Africa.
  • Scholarships for African students between the ages of 25 and 35 from sub-Saharan African countries, for them to study in the US and gain leadership and business skills.
  •  – Scholarships for African students to study in the US and Africa.
  • For more scholarships for students from developing regions, visit this listing.

University-specific US scholarships for international students

  •  – Undergraduate scholarships to study in the US at American University in Washington DC. Aimed at international students who are showing leadership potential.
  •  – Funding opportunity for high-achieving students with an interest in student community contribution.
  •  – Scholarships of no less than US$10,000 as well as a guaranteed $2,500 taxable stipend for a paid internship are available for first-year international applicants.
  •  – Funding opportunities for international students at Emory University. Students must demonstrate financial need.
  •  – Harvard offers a range of (very competitive) international scholarships for students from all over the globe.
  •  – Illinois State offers tuition waivers, merit awards and graduate assistantships to incoming international students.
  •  – Merit-based scholarship program for high-achieving international students.
  •  – Various grants and scholarships for international students to study in the US at MSU.
  •  – US scholarships to study at NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
  •  – Funding opportunities for international students of varying backgrounds and nationalities.
  •  – Various scholarships for international students starting their first year in Autumn 2017.
  •  – Two scholarships of differing amounts allocated to international full-time students at UM.
  •  – US scholarships to study at the University of Oregon, aimed at international students from around the world.
  •  – Tuition waiver for international students demonstrating financial need at the University of Wisconsin.

For further advice and funding opportunities, consider contacting the public affairs department at the US embassy in the capital city of your home country. Often an educational advisor will be on hand to provide you with funding resources and further scholarship information. You could also download our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad

This article was first published in August 2014. It was most recently updated in January 2018.

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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Could you please let me know about your school scores (GPA/or...) and the standardized test scores (SAT or ACT, if so) , and the extracurricular activites you submitted along with your other documents when you applied to Columbia University?

And, by the way, Columbia University offers 100% need-based financial aid, they also say that they are committed to meet 100% of demonstrated need.

I'd appreciate your help!
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Hi Yuthasak, the following scholarship links should be of interest to your daughter:

I'd also recommend she have a read of our guide on 'how to find scholarships to study abroad', as this includes advice on submitting excellent scholarship applications. Hope this is helpful. 

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Hi Oyinlola, I'd recommend checking the official websites of the US universities you're interested in, to find out what scholarships they have available for your course. You could also view our list of scholarships for African students and guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad

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Hi Esther, each scholarship link should provide full information on how to apply. You can get more advice on scholarship applications (for example, how to write a good scholarship essay) in our complete guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad

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