Fellowships for Internationals

This page lists some financial resources outside MIT that are specifically geared toward international students. Some additional opportunities are listed on the other fellowship pages to the left.

Further opportunities may be found on the International Financial Aid and College Scholarship Search site. International students may also contact the Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy in the capitol city of their home country. The Embassy may have an Educational Advisor on staff who can provide information to students who are searching for funding resources to help finance their academic programs in the US.

American Association of University Women International Fellowships
American Scandinavian Foundation
Asian Cultural Council
Belgian American Educational Foundation, Inc.
Brazil Fellowship Program Program
China Scholarship Council Graduate Fellowship Program
Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program
Fulbright Program for Non-US Students
HHMI International Student Research Fellowship
Iraqi Scholarship Initiative
Kennedy Scholarships
Lemann Education Fellowship
Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG)
P.E.O International Peace Scholarship
Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation WorldWideStudies (WWS) Scholarships

American Association of University Women International Fellowships

AAUW Educational Foundation
International Fellowships
Dept. 60
301 ACT Drive
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
Telephone (319) 337-1716, ext. 60
E-mail aauw@act.org

Internationals 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 are supported. Several fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S.
Deadline: November 15

American Scandinavian Foundation

The American – Scandinavian Foundation
at Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue
New York, New York 10016
Telephone 212-779-3587
E-mail info@amscan.org

Internationals Funding to Scandinavians (citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden) to undertake study or research programs (usually at the graduate level) in the US for up to one year. Awards are made in all fields.

Deadline: Varies

Asian Cultural Council

Asian Cultural Council
6 West 48th Street, 12th Floor
New York, New York, 10036-1802
Telephone (212) 843-0403
Fax (212) 843-0343
E-mail acc@accny.org

Internationals Individual fellowship grants to artists, scholars, students, and specialists from Asia for study, research, travel and creative work in the United States.
Deadline: December 1

Belgian American Educational Foundation, Inc.

195 Church St.
New Haven, CT 06510
Telephone (203) 777-5765

Internationals The fellowship is an outright non-renewable grant of up to $45,000. The stipend of $15,000 is to cover living and travel expenses. In addition, the Foundation pays up to $30,000 for tuition and health insurance at a US university. Fellows are expected to stay in the US for a full academic year (nine months). Students who have means of their own to finance their studies in the US may apply for an Honorary Fellowship of the Foundation. Applicant must be Belgian citizen; submit an application not earlier than in the last year of an academic master’s program or second cycle of university studies and not later than four years after obtaining that degree. The academic master’s degree must be obtained from a Belgian institution recognized as a university by either the “Vlaams Ministerie van Onderwijs en Vorming” or the “Administration Générale de l’Enseignement et de la Recherche Scientifique”; have an outstanding academic record;
have a good command of the English language.

Deadline: October 31 for the following academic year

Brazil fellowship program

InternationalsThe Brazil Fellowship Program at MIT is a collaboration between the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, a public foundation linked to the Government of Brazil’s Ministry of Science and Technology (“CNPq”) and MIT in connection with graduate student training relative to the Brazilian Government’s Science Without Borders program. The purpose of the Collaboration is for CNPq to provide financial assistance to MIT regular enrolled graduate students who are in pursuit of an MIT doctoral degree within the MIT School of Science or the MIT School of Engineering.

Incoming students who are accepted for admission to an MIT graduate program in the School of Science or School of Engineering, and who are citizens of Brazil.

CNPq will provide and make available to each CNPq Fellow, funding which is sufficient to cover: (i) a partial stipend; (ii) tuition support; (iii) an international round-trip airfare; and (iv) appropriate MIT student fees.

CNPq shall provide full support to CNPq Fellows for four academic years (each academic year being twelve months in duration) commencing with the first year of their matriculation at MIT.  At its discretion, MIT may provide additional financial support during or after this four year period. Such additional financial support may include a combination of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and fellowships. CNPq may accept up to fifty applicants each year for the Program.

How to Apply
Applications to participate in the Program and receive financial assistance shall be submitted directly to CNPq by students accepted for admission.
For more details, please visit the CNPq website.

China scholarship council graduate fellowship program

InternationalsThe China Scholarship Council (CSC) Graduate Fellowship is for incoming 1st year graduate students who are citizens of the People’s Republic of China and who are in pursuit of an MIT terminal master’s degree (in a 2-year program) or doctoral degree.

Applications to participate in the CSC Fellowship Program should be submitted by candidates directly to the CSC. The scholarships provide funding which covers: (i) a  stipend; (ii) tuition support (iii) international round-trip airfare; and (iv) appropriate fees. Please note that student health insurance and the student life fee are not covered. For CSC Fellows who are pursuing a terminal master’s degree in a 2-year program, the CSC Funding Period shall be one year (12 months) of full support. For CSC Fellows who are pursuing a doctoral-track degree, the CSC Funding Period shall be two years (24 months) of full support.

Applicants should be aware that the CSC fellowship has a return residency requirement upon condition of accepting the fellowship. Full details on eligibility requirements and application instructions may be found on the CSC website: http://apply.csc.edu.cn

After receiving an offer letter from MIT, incoming students accepted to a graduate program for academic year 2016-2017 may apply to receive CSC funds under the fellowship program by completing an application on CSC’s online application system (http://apply.csc.edu.cn). Applicants must include his or her Chinese home institution’s reference (forms are available http://apply.csc.edu.cn). The window to begin the online application process is March 20 to April 5, 2017. The full application package (including signed CSC Application Form, the Chinese home institution’s reference letter, a copy of an offer letter from MIT, a copy of the full application to MIT) must be submitted to CSC through CSC’s application agencies by April 4, 2017.

CSC will evaluate the candidates in April and May, and inform the awardees in early June.

Funding Disbursement: Beginning September 2017

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Yingzhen Wang, Project Officer
Division of American & Oceanian Affairs, China Scholarship Council
Tel:  0086-10-6609 3916
Fax: 0086-10-6609 3945
e-mail:  yzwang@csc.edu.cn
Level 13, Building A3, No. 9 Chegongzhuang Avenue
Beijing 100044, P.R.CHINA

Echoing Green Fellowship

InternationalsEchoing Green’s world-renowned two-year Fellowship program provides more than $2 million in seed funding to a diverse group of the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs. From thousands of applicants, typically fewer than one percent are ultimately selected as Echoing Green Fellows. Those selected receive funding to help launch new organizations; access to Echoing Green’s robust network; leadership development opportunities; and one-to-one support and counseling. Our Alumni Program builds community among our 500+ Fellows dating back to 1987 in order to foster peer learning, shared access to useful resources, and a lifetime commitment to positive social change.

•    A stipend of $80,000 for individuals (or $90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years
•    A health insurance stipend
•    A yearly professional development stipend
•    Conferences led by organizational development experts
•    Access to technical support and pro bono partnerships to help grow your organization
•    A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Echoing Green network of nearly 500 alumni working all over the world

•    Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
•    Applicants must have sufficient English fluency to participate in interviews and Echoing Green events.
•    Organization must be the original idea of the applicant.
•    Organization must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the organization may have been in operation for up to two years, and Echoing Green’s financial support should qualify it as significant early funder. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start the organization are generally considered eligible.
•    Organization must be independent and autonomous. Organizations cannot be considered independent or autonomous if they are started under the direction of an existing organization. The applicant must be the primary decision maker for the organization’s development and management. Generally, organizations with fiscal sponsors are still considered autonomous.
•    Applicants must make a full-time commitment (minimum 35 hours per week) to the organization’s development for the duration of the two-year fellowship. It is expected that all selected fellows resign from their current employment to dedicate themselves full-time to their initiatives. Students will not be eligible for their fellowship stipend if their organization is put on hold due to conflicts with their studies.
•    Partnerships (organizations co-founded and led by two individuals) may apply. Both partners must meet all eligibility requirements and make a full-time commitment of no fewer than 35 hours per week to the development of the organization.
•    Applicants can be citizens of any nationality and their organizations can be based in any country. However applicants based in the US must have legal status to work in the US. If you are authorized to work in the US, but this status is granted to you through your current employer and you are only authorized to work for that employer, you are not eligible to apply for a US-based proposal.
•    Applicants must commit to attending Echoing Green’s training conferences if selected as fellows. All new fellows attend a conference in summer the year they are selected, as well as a winter conference for two years. Echoing Green covers all expenses related to these events and will announce the dates a few months prior to each conference.

Note: Organizations may be for-profit or non-profit.

The following proposals are not eligible for consideration for an Echoing Green Fellowship:

•    Expansion of an existing organization that is past its start-up phase
•    Research projects
•    Lobbying activities
•    Faith-based initiatives (In this context, faith-based implies that you are associated with a religious institution or are promoting a specific faith; if your work has a spiritual basis but is not tied to any specific religion or faith, you may be eligible for consideration)
•    Recipients of prior Echoing Green funding

For more information on this opportunity, please see the Echoing Green website.

Fulbright Program for Non-US Students

Institute of International Education
Contact differs based on country of applicant

Internationals The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for master’s degree or PhD study at US universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to US campuses and offers program participants insight into US society and values. Students must apply through the offices in their home country; see website for more information.

Deadline: Various deadlines

HHMI International Student Research Fellowship (no competition for 2016-2017)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
4000 Jones Bridge Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815-6789
(301) 215-8500
E-mail predoc@hhmi.org

InternationalsHHMI’s new fellowship program supports outstanding international predoctoral students studying in the United States who are ineligible for fellowships or training grants through U.S. federal agencies. HHMI will award three-year fellowships to international students to support years three, four, and five of a PhD. program. Eligible fields include those in the biomedical or related sciences such as biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, interdisciplinary research at the interface of the physical and biological sciences, among others. Please note that research at the interface of biology and the social sciences – such as outcomes research – is ineligible. Please check with HHMI directly for questions on field eligibility. Each fellow will receive an annual stipend plus an educational allowance. Note that students must first apply to the Dean for Graduate Education; an MIT faculty evaluation committee will select up to seven students to nominate to HHMI. Contact (617) 324-7021 for more information.

: International graduate students in the biomedical or related sciences who:

  • have demonstrated exceptional talent for research
  • are in the second (or third) year of graduate study
  • have entered a laboratory in which they will conduct their dissertation research
  • are not U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S.

Preliminary Applications:

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation from thesis adviser
  • Transcript including cumulative GPA (WebSIS report is acceptable)
  • A one-page research summary

NOTE: HHMI has discontinued the International Student Research Fellowship for this year. It is unclear if it will be reestablished next year. 

The final 7 nominations will be sent by the OGE to HHMI by HHMI by 2:00 p.m. on November 17, 2015. HHMI will then contact the nominees directly with instructions for submitting a full online application. It is the individual nominee’s responsibility to submit a complete application, including letters of recommendation, to HHMI by the February 11, 2016, deadline. MIT and applicants will be notified of the outcome in June 2016, and the fellowships begin on September 1, 2016.

Iraqi Scholarship Initiative

Prime Minister’s Office
Baghdad, Iraq
E-mail info@hcediraq.org

Internationals An effort by the government of Iraq, under the direction of the executive director Dr. Zuhair Humadi of the Higher Committee for Education Development in Iraq (HCED), to improve the situation of higher education in Iraq as well as to bring a new generation of thought and experience to the country. In order to achieve this goal, recipients of the scholarship will return to Iraq after receiving their degrees. Once the students have received the scholarship, they will apply to the universities which have agreed to accept students from the program.

See also: http://www.fhi360.org/countries/iraq and http://www.buic.ac.uk/

Kennedy Scholarships

Kennedy Memorial Trust
3 Birdcage Walk
London SW1H 9JJ
+44 (0) 20 7222 1151
E-mail annie@kennedytrust.org.uk

Internationals Part of the UK’s memorial to President John F Kennedy, Kennedy Scholarships are awarded annually in competition to British citizens for postgraduate study at MIT (& Harvard). British applicants to all postgraduate programs, including PhDs, are encouraged to apply. The award comprises full tuition fees and health insurance, a generous stipend, an extra grant for travel within the USA and a return flight to the UK, made for one year renewable under certain circumstances.

Deadline: October 26

Lemann Education Fellowship

Internationals A generous gift from the Lemann Foundation supports the Lemann Education Fellowships at MIT. Every year, 9-month fellowships are awarded to outstanding incoming or continuing MIT graduate students to further their studies at MIT in education, educational technology and innovation, educational policy and reform, and related areas. The value of the fellowship is up to $65,000 depending on the needs of the student (in most cases the majority of the fellowship should be applied towards tuition).

For Masters students: the Lemann Education Fellowship provides support for Master students intending to study topics relevant to advancing public education in Brazil. Applicants must be citizens of Brazil. Master students in any discipline at MIT may apply.

  • Incoming students must first apply and be admitted to their program of choice at MIT. Admission to MIT does not guarantee a fellowship award.
  • Once admitted at MIT, then students submit directly a further application for a Lemann Fellowship.
  • Recipients are expected to return to Brazil to contribute to educational development following completion of their degree.

For advanced Masters and PhD Candidates: the Lemann Fellowship for Education Research provides support for thesis research for either one or two semesters with preference given to proposals that involve more field research in Brazil. Graduate students from all schools and disciplines are eligible subject to the following priorities:

  • Preference will be given to applicants from Brazil, and then to applicants from any country working on issues relevant to advancing education in Brazil.
  • Preference will be given to masters students, then doctoral students.

Incoming students must first apply and be admitted to their program of choice at MIT. Once admitted at MIT,  students then submit a further application for a Lemann Fellowship.

Program guidelines can be found here: Lemann Application Guidelines 2019-2020

Applications are available here: Application Form 2019-2020

Applications are due by 5:00pm on April 1, 2019 via email to mit-brazil@mit.edu.

For more information, please contact Rosabelli Coelho-Keyssar Program Manager, MIT Brazil at RLCK@mit.edu.

Margaret McNamara Education Grants

Margaret McNamara Education Grants (MMEG)
1818 H Street NW, MSN J2-202
Washington DC 20433

E-mail mmeg@worldbank.org

Internationals To support the education of women from developing coutries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in a developing country. For students from developing countries, age 25+, who are currently studying at an accredited university in the United States or Canada. MMEG awards annually ten grants of approximately $15,000 each; grants are not renewable.

Deadline: Mid-January

MENA 2013/ Integrated Sustainable Coastal Development

InternationalsThe long term objective of this Sida funded programme is to contribute to an integrated sustainable development of coastal zones in which the needs and rights of poor people are taken into account. This shall be achieved through supporting processes of change in key organisations working with planning and management of coastal zones.

The training programme is organised by NIRAS Natura together with School of Global Studies at the University of Gothenburg and Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS). It is built around the participants’ Change Process projects, which enable participants to link the learning from the programme to their own work context, while supporting processes of change in their home organisations.

Course dates
  • Part 1: September 9-27, 2013, in Sweden
  • Part 2: February 2-13, 2014, in Jordan
Eligible countries 2013
Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine and Tunisia.

For more information, click here.

P.E.O International Peace Scholarship

P.E.O. Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
DesMoines, Iowa 50312-2899
Telephone (515) 255-3153
Fax (515) 255-3820
E-mail ips@peodesmoines.org

Internationals Applicant must be a non-US or Canadian citizen who is a woman working towards a graduate degree (full-time) at a college or university of her choice in the US or Canada. Applicant must submit a witnessed statement that upon completion of her degree program, she will return immediately to her own country to pursue her professional career.

Deadline: Mail eligibility form between August 15 and December 15. If eligibility is established, application material will be mailed from the IPS. Application materials due March 1.

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships

InternationalsThis fellowship is for women academics in science and engineering from developing and emerging countries for their advanced graduate study at top universities abroad.
For more information, visit facultyforthefuture.net.

The Victor Pinchuk Foundation WorldWideStudies (WWS) Scholarships

Reception of Thomas Weihe, Deputy Head of the Board, International Affairs
42-44, Shovkovychna Str.,
01601, Kyiv, Ukraine
Telephone +380 44 490 48 35
Fax +380 44 490 48 78
E-mail info@pinchukfund.org

Internationals Up to 30 scholarships will be awarded to students who start their Master’s program at a leading international university in the fall of 2010. WWS supports Ukrainian citizens no older than 35 who wish to pursue a Master’s Degree at one of the world’s best universities. Scholarships are awarded in the following areas where well educated young leaders are crucial to boost the future development of Ukraine agriculture, environment and ecology, law, and public administration. Applicants in the different fields of study might be considered as well, if no applications are submitted in the 4 priority areas. Grants shall be used primarily to cover university tuition, books and medical insurance. The amount is determined for each individual case based on needs and merit. On average, grants shall cover up to 60% of the total amount required (maximum $ 50,000 for 1-2 years of studies).

Deadline: November 11

The Vietnam education foundation fellowship program (discontinued)

2111 Wilson Boulevard
Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201
Telephone (703) 351-5053
Fax (703) 351-1423
E-mail information@vef.gov

Internationals VEF expects to award up to 45 Fellowships to Vietnamese nationals to begin graduate studies in the United States in the fall of 2014. Applications will be available ONLY online at VEF website at: www.vef.gov.  ONLY from 10:00 a.m., December 10, 2012, to 10:00 a.m., April 10, 2013 (Vietnam time zone). Applicants do not need to pay any fees to anyone in order to apply or be considered for a VEF Fellowship. Winners are chosen based on individual merit, including academic performance and preparation, intellectual capabilities, English proficiency, and the potential for contribution to scientific education and research.

Deadline: April 10, 2013 (Vietnam Time Zone)

Young Future Energy Leaders 

InternationalsThe Young Future Energy Leaders (YFEL) is a key element of the annual World Future Energy Summit (WFES). YFEL focuses on raising the awareness of students and young professionals in the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. This unique program, led by Masdar Institute, helps mentor future leaders in the fields of advanced energy and sustainability by engaging them with the leaders of today. YFEL also offers young professionals and students from the UAE and abroad the opportunity to become more engaged in finding solutions to the world’s biggest challenges: energy efficiency and climate change.

As a key element of the annual World Future Energy Summit held in Abu Dhabi each January, some of the world’s brightest students and young professionals engage in debates and discussions about the future of energy and seek sustainable solutions to the challenges of climate change.

Entry into the program is selective and highly competitive. Prospective candidates, from the UAE and around the world, need to demonstrate not only interest in future energy and sustainable development- but the talent to make real and ongoing contributions at the highest level.

Tomorrow, enabled by fresh insights and new connections, our Young Energy Leaders will go on to become world leaders.

Learn more about this opportunity here.