Opportunites for International Students in the US

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Though there are always opportunities for international students to participate in graduate studies in the U.S. funding sources are limited. In addition to the programs listed below, there are other private foundations and organizations that provide funding for international students to study in the U.S. 


American Association of University Women International Fellowship

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions is supported. Several fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S.

Deadline: Early December


Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) provides opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. To ensure that Fellows are drawn from diverse backgrounds, IFP actively seeks candidates from social groups and communities that lack systematic access to higher education.

Deadline: Varies by country


Fulbright Fellowship

A big part of America’s public-diplomacy efforts, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the brightest individuals to study in the U.S. and offers a great opportunity for international students to get professional training that will help them to succeed upon return to their home country.


Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the United States for experienced professionals from designated countries throughout the world. Fellows are selected based on their potential for leadership and their commitment to public service in either the public or private sector.

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree, a minimum of five years of substantial professional experience, limited or no prior experience in the U.S., demonstrated leadership qualities, a record of public service in the community, and strong English skills.


Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program

The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program provides Eurasian graduate students and professionals with the opportunity to study in the United States for up to two years. The Muskie Program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1992 to spur economic and democratic growth in:

  • Armenia 
  • Azerbaijan 
  • Belarus 
  • Georgia 
  • Kyrgyzstan 
  • Moldova 
  • Russia 
  • Tajikistan 
  • Turkmenistan 
  • Ukraine 
  • Uzbekistan 

The Muskie Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board.



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