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Funding Opportunities Open to Non-U.S. Citizens

Funding to support study in the United States can come from various sources including internally from an American college/university or externally from a private foundation or organization. The information presented below pertains to external (non-Binghamton) funding sources. In most cases these opportunities are not exclusively for non-US citizens, but rather are open to both US citizens and non-citizens.

Beginning Your Search

To begin your search for funding opportunities:

  • learn more about the American higher education system and funding your education by reviewing the "guides to study in the US" below.
  • financial aid resources may be available through your home country government. The Department/Ministry of Education in your home country or the embassy of your home country in Washington, D.C. should be able to provide you with information.
  • review the websites below, which contain both general background on funding and specific opportunities.
  • explore the Binghamton University S.O.A.R database and view the list of opportunities compiled for non-U.S. Citizens.
  • view the extensive list of undergraduate and graduate opportunities that accept applications from international students here (compiled by Doug Cutchins at Grinnell College). 

Guides to Study in the US

Many of these guides include financial aid/funding information

EducationUSA – Guide to U.S. Higher Education
EducationUSA is a global network of more than 400 advising centers worldwide supported by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. Includes information on financial assistance and links to scholarship/fellowship information.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators
The site is maintained by an association of educators that promotes international education contains information for international students planning to study in the U.S, includes funding information.

The SmartStudent Guide to Studying in the USA (eduPASS)

U.S. Network for Education Information – U.S. Department of Education 
Information for international students, includes links to financial aid sites and U.S. government assistance programs.

Funding for US Study – Institute of International Education
Funding for US Study Online is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Scholarship Databases

FastWeb

International Education Financial Aid

International Scholarship Search

Scholarships for Development 

Undergraduate Funding Opportunities

  • Asian Cultural Council
    Individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, students, and specialists from Asia for study, research, travel and creative work in the United States. Deadlines vary.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellow Program
    Year long paid internship for graduating seniors interested in careers in international affairs. Internship is at the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace in Washington, DC. Deadline: January 15
  • DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship
    Undergraduate scholarships to study in the Federal Republic of Germany. Foreign nationals are eligible if they are attending a US institution for their undergraduate degree. Deadline: end of January
  • Davis-Putter Scholarships
    Need-based grants (up to $8,000) to undergraduate or graduate students actively working for peace and justice on campus and/or in the community.
  • Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
    Essay contest for full-time juniors or seniors. Prizes range from $500 - $5,000. Deadline: December.
  • Exploration Fund of the Explorers Club
    The Youth Activity Fund provides grants of $500 - $5,000 to college students in support of exploration and field research.
  • Google Anita Borg Scholarship
    Open to women who are Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a major in a closely related technical field. Students must be entering their senior year. Deadline: late January
  • Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowships
    Internship opportunity for college graduates to serve 6 – 9 months with a participating organization of their choice in Washington DC. Deadlines vary.
  • Josephine de Karman Scholarships
    $14,000 scholarship to support the final year of undergraduate study; application is made in the junior year. Deadline: late January.
  • Microsoft Scholarships
    Scholarships for undergraduate students interested in computer science and related technical disciplines. One year award for students attending institutions in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. All recipients of a scholarship will be required to complete a salaried summer internship of 12 weeks or more at Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington. Deadline: mid January.
  • Roothbert Fund Scholarship Program
    Approximately 20 ($2,000-$3,000) awards are offered to students in the U.S. in need of financial aid to further their education at the undergraduate or graduate level. The Fund seeks candidates who are “motivated by spiritual values.” Deadline: applications available November 1-January 31.
  • Society of Women Engineers
    Various awards for women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or computer science. Deadlines vary.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

  • Amelia Earhart Fellowships (Zonta International Foundation)
    Women of any nationality with a superior academic record in a doctoral program in aerospace-related science or engineering. Fellowships carry a stipend of $10,000. Deadline: mid November.
  • American Association of University Women - International Fellowships
    Full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Deadline: December 1.
  • American Scandinavian Foundation
    Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden citizens for study or research programs (usually at the graduate level) in the United States for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields.
  • Asian Cultural Council
    Individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, students, and specialists from Asia for study, research, travel and creative work in the United States. Deadlines vary.
  • Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
    To encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. The fellowship is open to Ph.D. candidates who will complete their dissertation during the fellowship year. Deadline: early November
  • Davis-Putter Scholarships
    Need-based grants (up to $8,000) to undergraduate or graduate students actively working for peace and justice on campus and/or in the community.
  • Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Internship Program
    Opportunities for emerging leaders from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia with the opportunity to gain real-world experience complementing and enriching their graduate studies in the United States.
  • Exploration Fund of the Explorers Club
    The Youth Activity Fund provides grants of $500 - $5,000 to graduate students in support of exploration and field research. Deadline: mid-January
  • Google Anita Borg Scholarship
    Open to women who are in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or a closely-related technical field. Deadline: late January
  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowship
    Support for research that explores the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. Highest priority is given to research that can increase understanding and amelioration of urgent problems of violence, aggression, and dominance in the modern world. Recipients are expected to complete writing the dissertation within the award year. Deadline: late January.
  • Huntington Library and Art Collection Fellowships
    The Huntington is an independent research center with holdings in British and American History, literature, art history, and the history of science and medicine. Library collections range from the 11th C to the present with special strengths in Middle Ages, Renaissance, 18th, 19th and 20th C Literature, British Drama, Colonial America, American Civil War, Western America, and California. Require ABD status at start of award. Deadline: mid November
  • Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies
    Japanese nationals interested in PhD study in economics in order to work at the IMF. Deadline: late January.
  • Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar Dissertation Fellowship
    Supports doctoral dissertations that explore the sources and nature of international conflict, and strategies to prevent or end conflict and to sustain peace. Citizens of all countries are eligible, but must be enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States. Deadline: early December.
  • Josephine de Karman Scholarships
    $22,000 scholarship to support the final year of a doctoral program. Deadline: late January.
  • Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund Scholarship
    Grants to women from developing countries whose graduate studies and future plans aim to benefit women and children in their respective regions. Applicants must plan to return to a developing country after receiving the grant. Deadline: check website.
  • Mellon Fellowship for Dissertation Research in Original Sources
    For students in the humanities or in a related element of the social sciences to conduct dissertation research primarily in original source material in the holdings of archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, or related repositories in the US or abroad. Must be ABD at start of award. Deadline: mid November
  • Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
    To assist graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of dissertation writing. Applicants must be no more than 6 years in the degree program; awardees can hold this fellowship no later than their 7th year. Requires ABD status at start of award. Deadline: late October
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Fellowships
    Resident predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships. Projects should relate to the museum's collections. Predoctoral fellowships require ABD status at start of award. Deadline: early November
  • National Gallery of Art Predoctoral Fellowship Program
    Support for research in the history, theory, and criticism of art, architecture, and urbanism. Application may be made only through nomination of the chair of a graduate department of art history or other appropriate department. Certification in two languages other than English is required. Require ABD status at start of award. Deadline: mid November
  • NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants
    Grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. Follow the link to check on eligible disciplines.
  • P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund for Women
    Scholarships for international women to pursue graduate study in the U.S. or Canada. Applicant must promise to return immediately to her own country to pursue her professional career. Deadline: mid December.
  • Roothbert Fund Scholarship Program
    Approximately 20 ($2,000-$3,000) awards are offered to students in the U.S. in need of financial aid to further their education at the undergraduate or graduate level. The Fund seeks candidates who are “motivated by spiritual values.” Deadline: applications available November 1-January 31.
  • Smithsonian Fellowships
    Unless noted otherwise, all Smithsonian fellowships (graduate, pre-doctoral, post-doctoral, senior) opportunities are open to non-US citizens. Deadlines vary.
  • Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowships
    Up to 50 fellowships to support social scientists and humanists conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world. Deadline: early November
  • Society of Women Engineers
    Various awards for women pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or computer science. Deadlines vary.
  • Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
    Candidates for the doctoral degree in any academic discipline at a graduate school within the United States pursuing research relevant to the improvement of education are eligible. Deadline: late September.
  • Wenner Gren Grants (Anthropology)
    The Fieldwork Grant supports field research that furthers the understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation and that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates. Require ABD status at start of award. The Wadsworth International Fellowships support doctoral students from countries where anthropology is underrepresented. Deadline: check website.
  • Winterthur Fellowship Program
    Several short and long-term residential research fellowships in material culture, consumer culture and many other aspects of social and culture history. Require ABD status at start of award.

Last Updated: 6/7/17