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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. 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

  • 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. 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 updated in December 2015 and again in December 2016.

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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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Hi Asad, we've recently published a list of scholarships for Pakistani students, which includes options to study in the US, Canada and Australia. I'd also recommend checking the official websites of the universities you're interested in - they might have a scholarship search tool on their site to enable you to easily find opportunities that suit you. :)

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Good day, My name is Oyinlola from Nigeria. I am currently searching for scholarship opportunities to do my Masters in Advertising or a media related course, in any University in the US, where i am offered the ‎opportunity to make my dreams a reality. i have a Bsc. in Marketing and Advertising from a University in Nigeria. I would really appreciate your help and assistance in achieving this dream.
Thank you‎.

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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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. 

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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. :)