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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

  • Fulbright Foreign Student Program – 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.
  • 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

  • #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship – International scholarships aimed at all overseas students studying any subject at a participating college or university in the US (of which there are 57). You should submit an essay or video demonstrate your interest and initiative in promoting intercultural learning and exchange. (The deadline for Fall 2019 entry has passed, applications will open for the 2020 round in May 2019.)
  • Abbey Road Summer Scholarships – 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.
  • Civil Society Leadership Awards – Fully-funded scholarships are available for students from eligible countries to study in the US or another host country at master’s level.
  • David P. Shapiro Autism Scholarship – A scholarship worth US$1,000 open to current or prospective students in the US diagnosed with autism.
  • Preply Scholarship - Three winners will receive an award of up to $2,000. Open to all students (domestic and international, and at any study level) aged between 16 and 35. To enter, you'll need to submit a 500-word essay related to online education, multilingualism, and professional development.
  • Surfshark Privacy and Security Scholarship - A $2,000 prize is available to a student currently enrolled in the US or another study destination as a high school, undergraduate or graduate student. You will need to submit an essay to apply and the scholarship is open to all nationalities.
  • Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship – Awarded twice a year to passionate international students wishing to study in the US. Worth US$1,000.

For Asian students:

For Australian students:

  • Fulbright Program - The Australian-American Fulbright Commission offers scholarships to Australian citizens across all career stages. Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life abroad and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in Australia.

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 most recently updated in April 2019.

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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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the university that comes under texas system has a lots of benifits .you just need to qualiy foe a 1000 dollar scholarship and then you will also get a wavier of another 20000 dollar .thus reducing your tuition ridiculously low.you can also check some other universities like peedue ,queensland etc.
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Hello Kumsal,

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!
Wish you the best luck!

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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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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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How do I apply for the scholarship

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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