For International Applicants
SSP merit aid is available to international students but does not cover travel or living expenses, books, or health insurance. Proof of funding is not required for the application process, but international students who plan to enroll will be required to submit proof of funding as part of the visa process.
Applicants who are not U.S. citizens should apply for awards offered by their governments or by governmental and private agencies in the United States or elsewhere. In most cases, international students are not eligible to apply for federal student loan programs. When searching for outside funding, EducationUSA is an invaluable resource for international students researching funding opportunities. EdUSA has in-country offices in many countries or regions around the world and representatives willing to work with students to answer their funding questions.
International students may find the below list of outside scholarships useful. Please note that application deadlines for many of these scholarships fall close to the SSP application deadline. This list is not exhaustive, and SSP does not specifically endorse these scholarships.
- American Association of University Women: AAUW International Fellowships support for full-time study or research to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents.
- The American-Scandinavian Foundation: Offers funding to Scandinavians (citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) to undertake study or research programs in the United States for up to one year.
- Association of International Educators (NAFSA): Information on scholarship opportunities for international students
- Association to Unite the Democracies (Frank Education Fund): FEF grants are available to graduate students of strong academic standing who complete one or more of the following requirements: A thesis or dissertation relating to international integration and/or federalism and coursework that places major weight on international integration and/or federalism; or an independent study project relating to international integration and federalism to be conducted as part of a graduate program.
- Associacion Panamericanan de Instituciones de Credito Educativo (APICE): This website offers a list of loan programs in the Americas by country. For students from North America, Central America and South America.
- Beca Magdalena O. Vda. De Brockman: Masters-level scholarship for Mexican graduate students.
- Canadian Federation of University Women: The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is a national, non-profit, non-governmental, women’s equality-seeking organization of close to 9,000 women graduates, students and associate members in 110 Clubs across Canada.
- Canadian Student Loan Program: For Canadian students studying or planning to study in the USA. Offers student loans, good at thousands of schools around the United States.
- Comision Mexico-Estados Unidos (COMEXUS) Fulbright-Garcia Robles: This website lists opportunities for graduate fellowships and scholarships to study in the USA for students from Mexico.
- Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia: For Mexican citizens interested in degree programs advancing scientific and technological sectors in Mexico.
- Directorio de Becas: List of scholarship opportunities for Mexican citizens.
- eduPASS: A resource guide for foreign nationals who wish to study in the U.S.
- Foundation Center: Search engine for fellowships, grants and scholarships.
- FUNED: A private, nonprofit organization that provides financing for graduate education (one and two-year programs) to outstanding Mexican candidates.
- Fundação Estudar: A non-profit organization that provides scholarships to Brazilian students for undergraduate and graduate study in Brazil and abroad. Its mission is to connect top Brazilian students with top academic institutions around the world.
- Funding for US Study Online: For international students seeking funding opportunities for study in the United States. Organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE), Funding for US Study is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants including all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas.
- Global Student Loan: Comprehensive education loan for international and distance learning students that does not require a co-signer in the host country.
- Harvard LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas: LASPAU designs and implements academic and professional programs to address the complex social, political, and economic challenges facing the Americas.
- Inter-American Foundation (IAF): The Inter-American Foundation, an independent U.S. government agency, was created by Congress in 1969 to channel development assistance directly to the organized poor in Latin America and the Caribbean.
- International Finance Education Corporation: The International Education Finance Corporation (IEFC) is the premier provider of international student loan programs for the rapidly growing population of students who wish to study in foreign countries. Over 20,000 students to date have reached their goal of financing their international educations through our innovative and unique loan programs.
- International Scholarships: Provides an extensive list of scholarships, grants and loan programs for students from any origin
- International Student Loan: Access to loans for non-U.S. citizens wishing to study in the U.S. International students are required to have a U.S. citizen or permanent resident as a co-signer to apply for this loan.
- Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund: The Rowe Fund awards educational loans to qualified persons from Latin American and Caribbean countries to help them finance higher education in the US. These loans are made on the understanding that when the recipients have completed their studies, they are to return to their respective home countries to assist in their countries’ development and further their welfare.
- The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF): The MMMF provides grants to women from developing countries to help further their education and strengthen their leadership skills to improve the lives of women and children in developing countries.
- P.E.O. Sisterhood International Peace Scholarship Fund for Women: Applicant must be a non-US or Canadian citizen who is a woman working towards a graduate degree (full-time) in the college or university of her choice in the US or Canada.
- Rowe Fund, Organization of American States (OAS): The Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund, or the Rowe Fund, is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS). The Rowe Fund helps citizens from Latin America and the Caribbean OAS Member countries finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans for up to $15,000 dollars.
- Social Science Research Council Fellowship: A core component of the Council’s work throughout its modern history has been the development and administration of competitive or institutional peer-reviewed fellowship and grants. Council fellowship and grants programs are strategic – they are targeted to a problem, promote individual and institutional change, generate new knowledge and build networks.
- University of California, Berkeley: A list of funding opportunities foreign nationals (especially for Africans).
- U.S. Journal of Academics: Provides up-to-date financial aid information for international students in the US
- Open Society Fellowship: Supports individuals seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges.
- University of Wisconsin Database: Expansive list of opportunities for international students.