If you have not already done so, we suggest that you start your search with a visit to your college or university’s financial aid office, as it may be able to connect you with resources that specifically target non-U.S. residents.
Also, ask about scholarships from other organizations in your personal and professional networks, for example:
- Government agencies (education, arts and culture, health, etc.) in your country that award scholarships
- Financial aid department at your college/university
- Department office for your academic program
- Local or regional alumni clubs
- Community, civic and religious organizations
- Businesses or corporations that employ you, your parents, or your spouse
Most U.S. foundation scholarships go to U.S. citizens and residents and not to international students. However, Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, our searchable database of grantmakers that give to individuals, lists 110+ funders who give grants to foreign applicants for a variety of purposes.
If you use this database, start with a Type of Support search for "Foreign applicants". To search from your own computer, you can subscribe at our web site, or you can use it for free at Foundation Center libraries and Cooperating Collections in the U.S. and in more than 10 countries.
To start learning now about getting foundation grants, watch our free online webinar, Finding Foundation Support for Your Education.
Worksheets to help students prepare applications and essays are at the Individual Grantseekers area of our web site.
Selected resources below may also be helpful.
Books & Articles
Check title availability at Foundation Center collections or through your local library.
Obst, Daniel (ed.). Funding for United States Study: A Guide for International Students and Professionals. New York, NY: Institute of International Education. 2008.
Obst, Daniel (ed.). Funding for United States Study: A Scholarship Guide for Europeans. New York, NY: Institute of International Education. 2005.
Grants Register: The Complete Guide to Postgraduate Funding Worldwide. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, Ltd., 2008.
International Exchange Locator: A Resource Directory for Educational and Cultural Exchange. Washington, D.C.: Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange. 2005.
Johnson, Nichole (ed.) Funding U.S. Studies: Graduate and Post-Graduate Opportunities for Latin Americans. New York, NY: Institute of International Education. 2003.
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