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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 valuable funding for your studies.

As an international student you won’t be eligible for much of the funding intended for US nationals. However, as US universities prioritize internationalization, the number of international scholarships to study in the US has been growing, and this trend seems likely to continue.

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: US money

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.


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Written by Laura Tucker

Laura is a staff writer for, 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. View her past articles and blog posts here.

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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! 

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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. :) 

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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! 

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Can I get some links for scholarships to international students for master(post grad) studies in USA,
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Hi Malachi, please take a look at our list of medical scholarships around the world, which includes scholarships to study in the US. 

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

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Hi Courtney, thanks for the feedback - if there are any particular aspects of the site you feel we can improve on, please let us know! Undergraduate tuition in Germany is actually free of charge, but we do have a list of scholarships to study in Germany if you would like help with living costs. Our article on the frequently asked questions on scholarship applications can help if you're unsure. You may also be interested in reading our complete guide on how to study abroad in Germany, which contains all the information you need in one place. :) 

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Hi Dimitris, please take a look at our list of scholarships for engineering students and our list of computer science scholarships. Hope this helps!

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Hi Ipsita, we don't currently rank Embedded or Automotive Engineering, but here are the rankings by subject for Mechanical, Aeronautical & Manufacturing Engineering, which you can narrow down by country to see the results in the US or Germany. We also have a list of scholarships to study engineering, and I'd advise you to also check the official websites of the universites you're interested in, to see if they offer any scholarships. If you need any more info on studying in the US or Germany, please take a look at our complete guides, available here. Hope this helps!

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Hi Sumit, our rankings by subject for Computer Science (narrowed down by country to see the results in the US) should help. I'd advise you to check the official websites of the universities you're interested in to see what funding opportunities are available. Hope this helps.

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Hi Özge, as well as the scholarships listed above, please take a look at our articles on law school scholarships and international scholarships to study in the UK. You may also like to read our country guides for more information on studying in the US or the UK. 

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Hi Sang, please have a look at this new article listing Psychology Scholarships Around the World. Hope this helps!

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Hi Melika, we have recently published an article listing Psychology Scholarships Around the World - this includes scholarships for PhD students.

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