7 Scholarship Opportunities For International Students to Explore in 2024
ISO Customer Care | Dec 21, 2023 Student Life
Studying in the U.S. comes with a lot of perks but the price for tuition can get a bit too expensive to handle, especially for international students. Luckily, there are many scholarship opportunities to apply for, as companies or other institutions acknowledge the immense impact international students have and want to help to give back.
We’ve compiled a list below of 7 scholarship opportunities international students can look for in 2024 and beyond.
Eligible for: Graduate students coming to the U.S. from a large selection of foreign countries (including India, Brazil, South Korea, etc.)
Application period: Varies depending on program but generally opens around April and closes in September.
Overview: The following program provides an opportunity for international graduate students to receive financial assistance to study and conduct research in the U.S. These programs are generally sponsored by U.S. embassies and qualifications/applications vary for each country.
You can choose your country from the dropdown menu at the link above to get more information on the scholarships offered. Generally, 4000 foreign students are selected each year.
Eligible for: All international graduate and undergraduate students
Application period: Period opens July 1st, 2024 and deadline depends on program but website encourages applications as soon as possible after period opens. Next period of coverage would be for Spring 2025 and Fall 2026 so you must be a student through then.
Overview: The ACI Foundation provides a variety of scholarship and fellowship opportunities and encourages international student applications. You’ll see on the website there is one application for all programs and you will be able to choose which you want to apply for based on your eligibility.
Scholarships they offer generally have a $5000 educational stipend but fellowship programs offer a $10,000-$15,000 stipend, as well as access to conventions with others in the program and assistance to find a mentor.
Eligible for: Women in graduate or post-doctoral programs who plan to return home after graduation.
Application period: August 1st, 2024 – November 15th, 2024 (for the 2025-2026 school year)
Overview: This is a fellowship designed for women who have acquired a U.S. Bachelor’s degree and plan to enroll in a graduate program. It offers $20,000 – $50,000 award amounts depending on your program for educational and living expenses.
Eligible for: Offered to graduate students from a list of developing countries (including India) that will participate in a program at one of the following schools.
Application period: There are two enrollment periods depending on your school but generally lasts from mid-January to mid-May.
Overview: This is a scholarship sponsored by Japan and the World Bank which is meant to help international students contribute to their countries’ social and economic development. This program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, and travel allowance.
The list is expansive in terms of who can apply and you must be in a development-related program like economic policy management, tax policy, and infrastructure management so review at the link above.
Eligible for: Women in STEM fields that attend college (or plan to attend college) in the United States or a United States Territory.
Application deadline: Applications for the 2025 year close on December 13; winners announced in April
Overview: This is a full-tuition scholarship to help women in STEM fields funded by Cards Against Humanity. There is a large board of judges that determine a winner each year. Tuition will be paid up to four years or for the remainder of the winner’s undergraduate program.
To apply, you need to submit a 3-minute YouTube video explaining something you’re passionate about in the STEM field. Full rules are listed at the website link above.
Eligible for: International students enrolled in a full-time degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school that Mpower supports and are legally permitted to study here.
Application deadline: Varies depending on the scholarship selected.
Overview: The scholarships on the Mpower website vary in terms of requirements and funding amounts – visit the website to first check your eligibility, then to see which scholarship is right for you.
Eligible for: Selected women arriving from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Applicants must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year.
Application period: Eligibility forms for the scholarship must be completed between September 15 – December 15.
Overview: Operating since 1949, this fund views education as a means to improving global peace and understanding, offering up to $12,500 in scholarship aid for those in need of additional funding for their degree programs and other estimated expenses.
Seeking Other Options?
If you find yourself not able to pursue any of the offerings above, there is no reason to worry. The most popular scholarships in the U.S. for international students will come directly from your school. You can contact your school’s financial aid office to see what offerings you’ll be eligible for.
For resources you can use to find more opportunities for yourself, you can some of the links below:
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