Funding your studies is a challenge faced by many international students studying in the U.S. The University of Washington's Office of Student Financial Aid does not offer any type of scholarship, grant, or other form of aid to international students studying in the U.S. Under state regulations, federal financial aid is only offered to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
There may be funding options offered by your own government. If you are still in your home country, write or contact your government to ask about funding possibilities. Many organizations, corporations, and institutions provide funding for students for foreign study.
Another resource is your academic department. Many departments have information regarding specific scholarships and/or funding options available for its majors and minors. Below is a brief list of departmental websites that contain funding possibilities within the UW.
- College of Education
- College of Engineering
- Business School
- Information School
- School of Art
- School of Law
If you are a current undergraduate UW student, you can use your UW Net ID to conduct a scholarship search in the database. Under the drop-down menu for "select your citizenship," enter "other visa status."
UW Graduate Students
Grants and Funding Information Services (GFIS)
GFIS provides sources for external funding (funding outside the UW) for graduate students who have been admitted or are currently attending the university. The office contains numerous reference books that are available for viewing whenever Suzzallo library is open.
Chester A. Fritz Grant for International Study & Exchanges
The Chester A. Fritz Grant is awarded to UW graduate students for the purposes of international study, research or exchange in the social sciences and humanities. The grant is used to fund research or study periods of three months.
Cornell University Graduate School
This database contains fellowships and other awards for graduate students. Under "field," select "international students," and check the checkbox next to "Any Deadline" to maximize your search results. Then click GO.
New York University (NYU)
GIGS on the NYU website provides a list of scholarships specifically for international graduate students. Some of the scholarships and awards listed are outdated, but they are offered annually; use the contact information provided on each link to contact the organization or institution to receive updated information.
This website contains over 52,000 awards and scholarship for international graduate students that are studying in the U.S. In order to start searching, you will need to create a free account.
Community of Science (COS)
COS is a UW-restricted database that contains over 22,000 records of federal and private funding sources. Click the "search wizard" tab to limit your search results. You are not required to fill-in all the fields; instead, select those characteristics that apply specifically to you.
IRIS is a UW-restricted database that searches for federal and private funding in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Click the "IRIS WWW help file" link for directions on how to search on the database. To perform a more detailed search, select appropriate qualifications on the bottom of the screen.
Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
This page contains information about planning yoru study in the U.S. and the costs of studying.
This website contains useful information and links pertaining to scholarships, financial aid, and loans for international students. In addition, there are links to information about traveling and living in the U.S., calculating college costs, income tax, and much more.
This service is offered through International Education Financial Aid (IEFA), and provides a scholarship search based on your legal status in the U.S. Click "search for scholarships", and enter "I am an international student" from the drop-down menu.
Financial Aid Officer
This service is offered through International Education Financial Aid (IEFA), and provides a scholarship search based on your legal status in the U.S. Click "search for scholarships right now", and enter "I am an international student" from the drop-down menu.
International Scholarships contain two databases: basic and premium scholarship search. Use the ‘premium scholarship search’ function to limit your search results to those that apply only to international students. From the drop-down menu, select #2, ‘I am an international student (non-US citizen) planning to study in the U.S.’.
Things to Keep in Mind
- Make sure the scholarships and grants that you apply to are open to international students. If you are unsure, contact the person or organization in charge of the scholarship.
- Allow plenty of time for searching, applying, and receiving any type of scholarship or financial funding. Keep pertinent contact information from organizations and records of your applications for your personal reference.
- When applying for scholarships, apply to as many as possible. There are many people like you searching and applying for the same scholarships, so do not worry if you do not receive a reply from every organization.
- Do not give up. There are many scholarships, grants, and funding options out there, so continue to check your department and online websites for new additions.
- If you are awarded a scholarship or any other type of funding, congratulations! Verify how to obtain the funds, and note any deadlines. Write a thank you note to the institution, foundation, grant committee, etc., to express your appreciation.
- Good luck and happy searching!