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A scholarship is an award of financial aid given to a student with the intent of furthering their education. They are awarded on criteria specific to the donor of the award and generally reflect their values and purposes.

Specific scholarships, funding, and/or grants may be limited due to certain eligibility requirements based on the funding source; these eligibility requirements are in no way discriminatory, but rather to protect the interests of the funding sources.

“Some scholarship databases charge fees to users, and other databases provide their services at no cost. In general, the same information is available from both types of database services, so it is not necessary to pay any fee. Ask in advance, and choose the database service that is free of charge. Be especially aware of dishonest scholarship offers: do not send money, bank account numbers, or credit card numbers to any organization that promises a scholarship in return.” - NAFSA

Scholarship Search Engines

Abroad Planet Scholarship Resources
Free online community of international students studying in the United States.

College Board
Free online financial aid source for scholarships, grants, and loans for all college-bound students, including permanent residents and international students wishing to study in the United States.

Free online scholarship search service.

International Education Financial Aid
Free online scholarship search service designed for international students.

International Scholarships
Free online scholarship database for international students wishing to study worldwide.

Mobility International USA
Free online scholarship resource for non-U.S. citizens with disabilities.

Scholarship Experts
Free online scholarship search service.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
Free online searchable database for scholarships to international students.

USA Study Guide
Free online reference website and guide for international students on studying in the United States.

US Journal of Academics
Free website with information for educators and students.

General Scholarships

Below is a list of scholarships that allow international students to apply. Under each scholarship name there is the weblink to the scholarship’s webpage and further information about the scholarship, for example, who is eligible to receive it and application deadlines. Please note that this list is not exhaustive; there are many other scholarship and fellowship opportunities available.  We suggest that you use scholarship search engines to find more opportunities. 

Patrick Charnon Memorial Scholarship
Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a four-year college in the U.S. Each scholarship carries a stipend of $1,500 per academic year.  Recipients may re-apply each year for up to four years, provided they continue to meet the requirements of the award.

Bibliographical Society of America Fellowship Program
Short-term fellowship program supporting bibliographical inquiry, as well as research in the history of the book trades and in publishing history.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellow Program
Yearlong paid internship for graduating seniors interested in careers in international affairs. Internship is at the Carnegie Endowment for World Peace in Washington, DC.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Designed to engage graduate students from the fields of science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, and law in the analysis that informs the creation of science and technology policy. Familiarizes them with the interactions of science, technology, and government.

Davis-Putter Scholarships
Need-based grants (up to $6,000) to undergraduate or graduate students actively working for peace and justice on campus and/or in the community.

Echoing Green Public Service Fellowships
Funding to conduct public service projects anywhere in the world.  For up to two years of support.

Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics
Essay contest for full-time juniors or seniors.  Prizes range from $500 - $5,000.

Environmental Research and Education Foundation
Scholarships are awarded by EREF to recognize excellence in master's, doctoral or post-doctoral waste management research and education.

Exploration Fund of the Explorers Club
Awards typically range from $500-1500 for both funds. A few awards may be granted up to a $5000 award level.  The Explorers Club offers grants to students conducting individual scientific or exploration research projects through their respective schools with a supervising instructor.

Educational exchanges that strengthen understanding and communication between the United States and students from over 140 countriesStudents interested in applying for the Fulbright Student Program must apply through the Fulbright Program Office in their home country.

Hazing Awareness Scholarship 
All students that are enrolled in any accredited college or university that has a Greek Social Setting may apply. You must be in good standing at your school with a minimum 2.0 GPA or C Average.

Humane Studies Fellowships
For undergraduate and graduate students interested in the classical liberal/libertarian tradition of individual rights and market economies.  More than 100 fellowships up to $12,000 are awarded annually.

International Dissertation Field Research Fellowships
Up to 50 fellowships to support social scientists and humanists conducting dissertation field research in all areas and regions of the world.

J. W. Saxe Memorial Fund
Annual $1,000 scholarship to one or more undergraduate or graduate students working in public service.

Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Scholarships
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s scholarship programs are designed to encourage and support outstanding students who work hard, demonstrate a strong will to succeed, and have financial need. The scholarships provide financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

Josephine de Karman Scholarships
$16,000 scholarship to support either the final year of study for juniors or for PhD candidates with ABD status.

Leakey Foundation
This fellowship is intended for scholars with citizenship in a developing country who seek to obtain an advanced degree or specialized training in an area of study related to human origins research. This award is for a program of approved special training and/or advanced training towards an MA, PhD, or equivalent and is limited to two years of support.

Microsoft Scholarships
Four types of 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.

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.

The 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.

Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship 
Candidates for the doctoral degree at a graduate school within the United States are eligible. The Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education.

Women's Scholarships

Amelia Earhart Fellowships (Zonta International Foundation)
Women of any nationality pursuing a PhD/doctoral degree who demonstrate a superior academic record in the field of aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering are eligible. Fellowships carry a stipend of $6,000; approximately 35 are awarded annually.

American Association for 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.

Association for Women in Science Educational Foundation
Awards are spread among the STEM fields, and will be weighted in favor of those disciplines where women are still significantly underrepresented (Computer Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, and Physical Sciences). The awards are available to female undergraduate and pre-doctoral students. 

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Google hopes to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipients will each receive a $10,000 award for the academic year.

Regional Scholarships


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.

Edmund S. Muskie Ph.D. Fellowship 
The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program provides opportunities for graduate students and professionals from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan for study in the United States.

Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)
The Global UGRAD Program provides opportunities for outstanding students to study at U.S. universities and colleges. Over the past twelve years, more than 2,000 students from Eurasia and Central Asia have taken part in this program.

J Yang Scholarship Awards
The J Yang Family and Foundation provides graduate scholarship incentives to increase the number of Taiwanese students pursuing graduate study at UC San Diego.

  • New Graduate Student - Up to $25,000 tuition/fee scholarships with a UC San Diego departmental match.
  • Early Career Continuing Graduate Student – Up to $25,000 tuition/fee scholarships with a UC San Diego departmental match.
  • Graduate Thesis Development – Up to $5,000 awards with a UC San Diego departmental match.

Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies 
Japanese nationals interested in studying for their doctorates in economics in order to work in an international financial institution (such as the IMF or the World Bank) or in their home administrations.

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Regular Program
For individuals from World Bank member countries to undertake graduate studies at any university located in a World Bank member country except their own.  Applicants cannot have lived in an industrialized country for more than one year before the time of application.

United States--Timor-Leste Scholarship Program (USTL)
Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, USTL provides educational opportunities for individuals from Timor-Leste to pursue degree study at U.S. institutions in fields relevant to development needs in Timor-Leste.



American Scandinavian Foundation 
Citizens from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden 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.

Hellenic Times Scholarship Fund
For undergraduate and graduate students of Greek descent, between the ages of 17 and 25.


Latin America 

Miguel Velez Scholarship
The Miguel Velez Scholarship provides generous funding to subsidize the educational and living costs of UC San Diego international degree-seeking undergraduate students from the Latin American and Caribbean regions. Several awards will be given based upon individual financial circumstances, academic merit, and ability. Consideration will also be given to the applicant's length of study at UC San Diego and their individual efforts to internationalize and diversify UC San Diego's campus community. Availability of resources to fund the scholarship will vary from year to year.

Access the application form hereSubmission deadline is TUESDAY, MARCH 03, 2020 at 3:00 PM.


Interest-Free Loans
The Organization of American States, an international organization based in Washington, DC, offers, through the Rowe Fund program, interest-free loans to competent students from Latin American and Caribbean countries to help them finance their graduate, postgraduate, and final two years of undergraduate studies at accredited universities within the United States. For more information and to download the forms, see or e-mail the Rowe Fund Program at


South Pacific

United States--South Pacific Scholarship Program (USSP)
Funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, USSP provides educational opportunities for individuals from South Pacific countries to pursue degree study at U.S. institutions in fields relevant to development needs in the Pacific islands region.

Other Grant and Fellowship Resources

Note: Not all listed are relevant to study at UC San Diego

Grants and Fellowships are funds that are given to individuals based on merit and/or need that do not require repayment.  They can be given by both public and private institutions.  Some grants or fellowships may come with requirements that must be met; such as sustaining a GPA above a specific level, or following the guidelines of the gifting institution.


Other Funding Options

Graduate Students Financial Aid

Please visit the following Graduate Division website for helpful links to assist with navigating graduate student financial support at UC San Diego. Whether you want to teach (TA, readers, tutors), find fellowships for dissertation research, or identify resources as a grad student parent, we hope the information below is helpful: 

External Private Loan Sources

A loan is a type of debt. Funds are borrowed for use over a period of time. The money must be repaid according to the terms agreed upon by both borrower and lender, including the interest rate, payment amount and the time frame over which the loan is to be repaid. Loans must be repaid with interest and are usually only granted if the borrower has a reliable method of repayment.

Most commercial loan programs, but not all, require a student borrower to have a co-signer – a person with a steady income who will become responsible for repaying the loan if the student is not able to do so. Loans without a co-signer regularly come with higher interest rates

External Private Student Loans

Some banks allow international students with a qualified U.S. citizen or permanent resident co-signer to apply for loans.  A co-signer is an individual who signs a loan agreement along with the borrower and assumes equal responsibility for repayment; essentially they are responsible for repaying the balance of the loan or debt in the event that the applicant does not.

If you are able to find one a co-signer loan generally comes with a lower interest rate.

UC Lender Lists for Private Loans

Private loans (also known as alternative loans) can help to fill the gap between the cost of education and the amount of other financial aid offered. However, you should always maximize all other resources, which have lower interest rates and better loan terms.

The University of California System offers private lender lists as guides for students and parents, but you're free to use any lender of your choice.

  • Follow the instructions provided by your selected lender, who will notify you of your loan application status and any approved amount.
    • You’ll be required to sign a promissory note, a document that confirms your agreement to repay the loan.
  • Remember that fees and repayment terms vary among lenders.
  • All lender lists are in PDF format.

DISCLAIMER: The University of California – San Diego and the International Students & Programs Office (ISPO) does NOT endorse any lender(s) on the list, nor does it take responsibility for repayment of any loan(s) a student may take out. Financial liabilities lie solely with the student and co-signer, if applicable. Using private loans is an expensive option – borrow only what you truly need.

  • UC Private Lender List                        When selecting a program choose “International”

No Co-Signer Option

On the UC Private Lender List there is one lender that does not require a co-signer.

MPOWER helps international students from over 180 countries studying in the US by offering educational loans that do not require co-signers, collateral, or a US-based credit history. They consider your academic success and career path in the approval process. For more information, please visit the MPOWER website.