5 Scholarship Sources Your School’s International Students Should Know About

Erin Caswell | 10-27-2017

By Erin Caswell


International students face a host of challenges when they decide to study in another country. Scholarships can make a big difference for international students and how much they enjoy their stay. Here is a list of scholarship sites for your international students to peruse.


International Financial Aid and Scholarship Search Has a HUGE Scholarship Database

At IEFA, their mission is “to promote international education worldwide through the development and publication of the most comprehensive database of International Education Financial Aid information available on the Internet.

Here you will find the most comprehensive college scholarship search and grant listings, plus international student loan programs and other information to promote study abroad. It even features contests and awards, financial aid opportunities for student loans, and even a resources tab that tells them how to use the site the most efficiently. Spread the word to your international students!

Find out more here: https://www.iefa.org/


Looking to Support Master’s Programs? Try the Fulbright Fellowship!

In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the “promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science.”

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year.

Find out more here: https://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/


Have students from Latin America and the Caribbean? Direct them to OAS Scholarships!

The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to US$15,000 dollars. Rowe Fund loans include the following benefits:

  • Deferred repayment while in school
  • No application or processing fees
  • Applications are accepted and reviewed year-round and at any time during the studies in the U.S.
  • Funding is sent directly to the student after approval
  • Easy access to Loan Application Forms and instructions

Find out more here: http://www.oas.org/en/rowefund/default.asp


Students from One of these Thirteen Developing Countries Can Get Scholarships from Aga Khan Foundation

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN.

Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant/50% loan basis through a competitive application process. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master’s level courses but is willing to consider applications for PhD programs.

The Foundation accepts applications from nationals of the following countries:

Bangladesh Syria
India Egypt
Pakistan Kenya
Afghanistan Tanzania
Tajikistan Uganda
Kyrgyzstan Madagascar

In the US, France, Portugal, UK, and Canada, applications are accepted from those who are originally from one of the above developing countries and are interested in development-related studies, but who have no other means of financing their education.

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CGTrader Hosts a Borderless Essay Contest for Three Thousand Dollars!

CGTrader is the largest 3D model marketplace backed by the strong designer community of more than one million members. CGTrader was founded with the goal to ensure fair marketplace conditions for 3D designers. Each semester CGTrader challenges students to write an essay on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives.

The eligibility requirements are simple; applicants must be high school seniors, undergraduates, or graduate students with a GPA of at least 2.5 and must be enrolled full time in an academic institution. The best submission will be awarded $2,000 while the two runners-up will receive $500 each.

Find out more here: https://www.cgtrader.com/scholarships



Author: Erin Caswell

Erin is Assistant Vice President of LewerMark Student Insurance division. Erin has a degree in Education and worked as an instructor before joining LewerMark more than six years ago.