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It is little 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.

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.

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

  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program – Perhaps the most popular of 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.
  • Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program – 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

For Asian students:

For female students: 

For graduate students:

  • Rotary Peace Fellowships – 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:

University-specific US scholarships for international students

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.

This article was first published in August 2014. It was updated in December 2015 and again in December 2016.

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a 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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Hi I'm Marylee Albances from Philippines I really need your support of my financial studies, please help me how to get scholarships in order to study Law, I want to become a lawyer someday. Thank You and God Bless.

Hi Marylee, please take a look at our list of law school scholarships around the world, which includes options to study in the US. :)

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Hello, I've been accepted to Colorado State University for a bachelors degree in Applied Computing Technology, I'm scheduled to start in the fall semester - July 2017, however I'm not able to fund my studies and will need a scholarship. Please I need some information on scholarships offered to international students, I'm from the Caribbean. I'm in dire need start up financing in order to process immigration documents. Thank you.

Hello, if you haven't already, it's worth checking Colorado State University's official website for details on the scholarships and other funding opportunties they have available - they should have a fees and financial aid calculator which will give you a rough idea of how much your course costs and what funding you could be eligible for. You might also be interested in applying for the QS Undergraduate Scholarship, which awards up to US$10,000 to one student to study at a QS-ranked university. Hope this was helpful. 

Hey, I'm Kylvin from Ghana. I've been admitted into one of the Universities in US at La Sierrn University but before they send me the I-20 from I'll have to pay the first semester tuition. I'll like to know if you can help me in anyway to get a scholarship because I start in the Spring semester and time is kinda running out for me. Thank you.

Hello, I would like to apply for as many scholarships, in order to help me with my university tuition and expenses in United States. I am a resident at United Kingdom, however, I hold a Lithuanian passport. Therefore, some funding organisations in United Kingdom will only fund those students that hold a British passport.
Could you please be so kind and provide me with some scholarships that I will be able to apply to. However, I have already applied for Fulbright Scholarship and I am now just waiting on a response from this organisation.

Kindest Regards
Rimante N.

Dear Sir or Madam,
I would like to know how to apply and enroll at University in Canada or USA . My name is Azamat. I’m study at state expense in Sank-Peterburg. I am Tajik citizen. I study in this University first year, majoring in software engineering. I want to continue studies in applied mathematics and computer Science for the bachelor's degree. I want to know the next information.
1. What are the rules and conditions for admission to University in Canada or USA or go to university again?
2. What do I need to do in my situation?
3. Should I pass the academic difference and prepare for passing in community college? I ask you tell me about this question in detail.
4. When does academic year start? Is it possible to join the studies at your college in the second semester (in winter)?
5. What are the important dates and terms have you for admission and accept?

I look forward to hearing from you,
Yours faithfully,
Azamat Yusupov.

Hi Azamat, you can find the answers to most of your questions in our guides on studying in the US and Canada. :)

Hello, I am HAMMAD NAZIR from Pakistan , I am currently doing bachelors in mechnical engineering tech from a local public university. But I have a keen desire to do masters in one of the top universities of USA, UK OR CANADA... but i need to know about the test required to apply as a international student.... plz explain me those types of test .. ☺ I also wanna know about any schorlarship or financial aid in universities like MIT, HARVARD OR STANFORD ......... THX

Hi,I am Manuja from Sri Lanka.I like to study computer science or engineering either in
USA or in Canada.But since I have financial issues,I want to find a full or partial paid scholarship.Can someone help me on this?

Hi Manuja, I've replied to your comment here. :)

Hi, my name is Glenys from South Africa and I wish to study film either in the US or Uk but I need help with finding Full or partial paid scholarships

Hi, I am Piyush Jain from India and is currently studying Master in Civil Engineering from the US. I would like to know if, there are some scholarship provided to the Indian students who are already in the states. If yes, How can I get them and what all documents will be required.
Thank You

hi piyush, I'd like to enquire about certain things.

Hi Piyush, please take a look at our lists of scholarships for engineering students and scholarships for Indian students - each external link should take you to full information on how to apply and what documents are needed. Good luck! 

Hi I'm Shohag from Bangladesh.
I have been completed Diploma in Engineering in 2013 obtained CGPA:3.41 out of 4. Now I would like to apply for Bsc in Engineering in Mechanical in USA with full scholarship. without scholarship my family will not able to bear my educational expenses, so I badly need this. How can I get it, Can you help me about this..???

Hi Shohag, our article on 'International scholarships for engineering students' includes many options to study in the US, so hopefully you could find the right scholarship among those. You could also try browsing the official websites of the US universities you're interested in - all US universities are legally obligated to have a fees and funding calculator on their websites, enabling you to get a rough idea of the costs of your intended course and what financial aid you may be able to apply for. Hope this helps!

Hi, i am Jesse from Nigeria, i am an undergraduate student, i attend federal government college warri, and i want to study economist in London or any where in the USA without lots of expenses and with a scholarship ?

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Hi Ghita, a good place to find scholarships is the official website of the university in question, as they often offer their own scholarships. You should also let your chosen university know if you're relying on funding in order to be able to study. 

Hi, Tamona Brown from Jamaica. My cousin and I both got accepted to Johnson and Wales University however I'll be attening the Charlotte campus to persure my dream in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management while my cousin will be attending the Rhode Island campus to persure her dream in Health Sciences, however we don't have enough funds to complete the full four years. Could you please assist us in finding some scholarships?

Hi Tamona, I'd advise having a look at the information provided by your university on the scholarships and other funding opportunities they have available. You should also let them know of your financial situation. 

Hi, I'm Maria and I'm a marine biologist from Colombia. I'm looking for a scholarship to study my master degree in USA, I've already been admitted in a university but with my financial situation is impossible for me to pay that amazing opportunity, where can I search for financial aid for latinamerican students? Thank you very much

Hi Maria, please take a look at our list of scholarships for hispanic students. Good luck!

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Hi I have A Levels and O Levels, I fled to US as my country is having civil war. My asylum status is still pending and I cannot apply for federal aid. Which university provide full scholarship or financial aid to asylum pending case? I am intending to major in architecture. Thank you

Hi Nathaniel, many US universities offer scholarships for students who have been granted asylum into the US, so I'm afraid you'll need to wait until your asylum is accepted. We have a list of architecture scholarships here which includes options in the US. Hope this helps, and best of luck! 

I am a British citizen living in London with admission to study a masters in law in the US this August. Any advice on where I can find scholarships I am eligible for or tuition fee support?

Hi Lucy, please take a look at our list of scholarships for UK students, which includes scholarships to study in the US. I'd also advise checking with your US university to see if they offer any scholarships for international students. Hope this helps! 

Hi, my name is Angela and I'm going into my freshman year of college this year in America. I am a US citizen but I've studied in India for the past 8 years. Is there any scholarships for my particular situation?

hi, I'm rhea and I want to study international relations in the US on full scholarship. pls help with a few details

Hi ,I am Prerana form Indai i finished my jr college .Can I get a part paid scholarship? I want to learn BMS form USA University .

Hi Prerana, I don't see why not! As well as the scholarships listed above, we also have a list of scholarships to study business and management, with a section on the US. For more advice on how to find a scholarship, you might like to download our guide. :) 

Hi) Please help me. I'm from Russia and I'm finishing my school soon. Can I get full or part-paid scholarship? I want to learn design, architecture or music.

Hi Ilya, please take a look at our list of art and design scholarships and architecture scholarships. :)

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Hi Sabrina, Just a quick question, I want to study Big Data/Data Science in a university in British Colombia - Canada or in the US. Do you know any scholarship-granting organizations for that branch of science, knowing that I'm from Egypt?

Thanks

hi, i'm Aditi! i am studying in 12 grade. i want to do economics as my higher studies from US. but i'm confused about which college/course is perfect for me there. next year after completing my 12 grade i'm planning to do economics from US. my financial status are also aren't that much good to afford all these things. so can you suggest me that how much i have to score in my 12 grade so that i will get that scholarship and admission on that university too! and what are the things that have required to get the scholarship?

Hi Aditi! To help you find the right college/course, please take a look at our rankings by subject for economics, with the results narrowed down by country to see US universities. If you're applying for a merit-based scholarship, you can find the requirements (including what grade you need to have achieved) on the official websites of the scholarship providers. We have more information about applying to scholarships in our FAQ. Hope this helps! 

hi, I am Thouba from India.
Can I get some links for scholarships to international students for master(post grad) studies in USA,
Thank you.

I want to join in bachelor of medicine in USA. So can you help me to find scholarship.Thanks

Hi Malachi, please take a look at our list of medical scholarships around the world, which includes scholarships to study in the US. 

I am pursuing B.Sc(Hons) Statistics from Delhi University. I want to do a Masters in Statistics/ Operational Research or Business Analytics. But I need a scholarship to do it from the best of the schools abroad. Please guide me.

i want mbbs scholarship .. kindly guide me in this regard

Hi Arbaz, please take a look at our list of medical scholarships around the world. 

Hi, I am Jitumoni Goswami from India. I have applied to BFA in School of Visual Arts, New York and MFA in Fashion Institute of Technology, New York for Fall, 2016. I want to know if there are any scholarship available to study in these two schools.

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I am Abdulrahman from Saudi Arabia. I want to study Forensic science so I'm looking for scholarship in USA. Can you tell me what should I do to get it?