The United States offers international students many fully-funded scholarships that cover tuition fees, living expenses, health insurance premiums and travel allowances.
Studying in the U.S. has long been a dream of many students, and with these scholarships, they can realize it. Each fully-funded scholarship includes a monthly stipend, research allowance and flight ticket.
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program offers fully funded master’s degrees to international students studying in the U.S. Participants receive full scholarships, living stipends, travel funds, book allowances, and payment of unwaived mandatory fees throughout their fellowship. In addition, they join a global alumni network with thousands of fellows serving as leaders within their fields and communities.
Fulbright scholars come from various academic backgrounds and research interests. Selected through a competitive process that includes review by panels of scholars and experts in their field, Fulbright programs provide academic instruction across various academic disciplines designed to further the Fulbright mission of international understanding through educational exchange.
Fogarty International Center and the National Institutes of Health collaborate with Fulbright to offer research grants to students from developing countries who aspire to pursue a public or clinical medicine career. All scholars must attend pre-departure orientations at their host institution and NIH before departure.
Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship
The Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship provides fully funded doctoral fellowships to students studying applied physical, biological and engineering sciences. Over five years of funding are allotted, giving Hertz Fellows full freedom to explore innovative projects as they see fit. Furthermore, Hertz Fellows enjoy ongoing mentoring support and participation in workshops and symposia with over 1200 fellows spanning disciplines, generations and geographies.
The selection process looks for evidence of exceptional intelligence and creativity, excellent technical education and genuine commitment to applying physical sciences. Applicants must also provide recommendation letters, transcripts and GRE scores as part of their application package to be eligible.
Hertz Fellows use their talents to address some of today’s greatest challenges – creating new medicines, testing counterfeit drugs and building aircraft. As they change our world one project at a time, now is the time for you to join them and help change lives!
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
Each year, 100 high-achieving students with proven leadership and civic commitment receive full funding to pursue various graduate degrees at Stanford. These scholars join a global community of change agents that is deeply diverse across every aspect of life and work collaboratively on finding creative solutions to the global challenges of our time.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars participate in intentional leadership development through the King Global Leadership Program (KGLP). By attending community experiences, workshops, meetings with leaders, and domestic and international study trips, scholars strengthen their abilities to collaborate across disciplines and cultures.
The Stanford Scholarship provides up to three years of tuition for select degree programs at Stanford, such as M.D., PhD, MA, MFA, or MBA degrees. Additionally, it includes a fellowship stipend for living expenses and provides opportunities to participate in enrichment activities.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program does not require campus endorsement; however, if you are currently a Duke undergraduate and would like to receive comprehensive advising support and feedback from National Scholarships and Fellowships staff in addition to possibly being considered for university endorsement, complete the K.H. Scholarship Pre-Application by June 2, 2022.
Yale Young African Scholars Program
YYAS is an academic and enrichment program for high-achieving African secondary school students who plan to pursue higher education and make meaningful impacts as leaders. The program includes interactive seminars, Yale student-led courses, leadership training with university application preparation sessions, and free standardized test preparation for participants.
YYAS helps expand students’ minds while simultaneously helping them navigate university admissions processes and build networks of mentors. Every year, it welcomes new students from Africa, with YYAS 2020 welcoming its largest and most diverse cohort yet: 39 nations were represented!
YYAS is honoured to be part of the HALI Access Network, providing preferential admissions to high-achieving, low-income (HALI) students. To increase accessibility for HALI students, tuition fees for attending are waived by YYAS; students will still need to cover travel and lodging costs, but scholarships may be available to cover those costs. To apply, complete a YYAS application before its deadline.
Amgen Scholars Program
The Amgen Scholars Program gives undergraduate students hands-on research experience at leading scientific institutions. Launched in 2006, this initiative seeks to increase learning and networking opportunities for those committed to science careers. Amgen Scholars learn to collaborate effectively in laboratory settings while investigating areas of interest within an area of research that are of mutual interest within one discipline, building valuable skillsets necessary for graduate study or future career pursuit.
Participants conduct hands-on research at Harvard in cutting-edge facilities under the supervision of faculty mentors and direct project supervisors. Alongside their research projects, participants participate in pre-professional development sessions, social events with fellow scholars from their cohort, and travel to attend the North American Amgen Scholars Symposium.
Amgen Scholars 2024 program is open to sophomores, juniors and non-graduating seniors with minimum cumulative GPAs of 3.2 who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents and demonstrate an interest in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D degree. For each host institution, separately, detailed application instructions can be found online via the Amgen Scholars website – the application period opens November 1 and closes February 1. U.T. Southwestern began accepting 2024 program applications on November 1.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a prestigious graduate scholarship established in 2000 with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that allows talented graduate students to study at Cambridge University in England. This highly competitive award covers tuition fees and living allowance, and applicants from any country are welcome to apply. Designed to build a global network of future leaders dedicated to improving lives, this program has attracted applicants from around the globe since its launch.
Academic excellence, intellectual distinction and the capacity to use knowledge effectively for society are evaluated when considering applicants. Their intended course of study must also demonstrate its relevance for society – this assessment occurs through an application process featuring a personal interview with four people on a panel.
Apply to their course/college/department on the university’s admissions portal, and select “Gates Cambridge Scholarship.”
AAUW International Fellowships
AAUW International Fellowships provide one of the most sought-after fully funded scholarships in USA to international women studying graduate, doctoral or post-doctoral research at U.S. universities. Award amounts vary based on the level of study; recipients must demonstrate outstanding academic achievements while working to better the lives of girls and women back home. Scholarship benefits cover tuition fees, living stipends, round-trip airfare, and health insurance; applicants should note that any stipend payments may be subject to federal income taxes.
AAUW International Fellowships are only awarded to a select few students annually, with applications open between August 1 and November 15 of every year. To apply, applicants must submit an extensive portfolio containing transcripts, recommendations and project proposals; once submitted, they will be reviewed by a panel of experts who determine who receives scholarships; however, those who have already been awarded AAUW National fellowships cannot reapply; similarly, those who have won branch or community awards are ineligible for consideration for these AAUW fellowships.
MITACS Globalink Research Internship
The MITACS Globalink Research Internship is a fully-funded internship program offering international undergraduate students from around the globe the chance to participate in advanced research projects at Canadian universities. It runs for 12 weeks and can accommodate both undergraduate and master’s students; however, they must possess proficient English language skills and have valid passports.
Globalink Research Internships allow students to expand their potential and broaden their innovation horizons through full-time research opportunities with faculty supervision in multiple academic disciplines spanning science, engineering and mathematics, as well as humanities and social sciences at universities across Canada.
This program connects top students worldwide with leading researchers in their respective fields, creating life-changing relationships and collaboration for a brighter future. Students can apply by registering their interest online; they may select up to three projects from which to apply. Once professors have accepted their applications, they will connect and discuss research interests; once approved, they will receive internship and funding confirmation.