As an international student, planning to study in the USA can be very daunting, especially concerning the funds you would need to raise to meet the overall cost of education. Moreover, the USA is one of the most expensive study destinations in the world, where the cost of studying masters can range between $40000-$60000 a year depending on the university and chosen area of study. To help you meet the necessary funding for your education, there are government and non-government scholarships you should make use of to ease the financial burden. Read this article to learn more about US scholarships for international students.  

Before we begin, let’s understand how scholarships are awarded in the USA. 

Scholarships in the USA

If you’re planning to study in the US, there are plenty of options available for you. Having said that, acquiring a scholarship for the US is relatively more difficult for MS courses when compared to scholarships for Ph.D. courses. Scholarships for Ph.D. courses are available in plenty. However, you can still receive a US scholarship by obtaining a good TOEFL and GRE score, maintaining a good CGPA, getting strong letters of recommendation, SoP’s, CV, and acquiring research credentials in terms of research papers. 

Getting a US scholarship is subjective i.e., there is no guarantee of receiving a scholarship. Therefore, the best way to proceed is to improve your overall profile as much as possible. While looking at the applications for scholarships, colleges will be looking at your grades, essays, GRE or GMAT scores, TOEFL scores, and research. Hence, try maintaining a good overall profile in all these departments. If you are behind in any one department, you can compensate for the same by achieving well in other fields. For example, if you have a low GPA, you can compensate for it by exhibiting a good research background, a high GRE score, a well-drafted SOP, and so on.

You can improve your chances of getting financial aid by applying for as many scholarships as possible. Following is the list of government and non-government scholarships being offered to study in the US. Select the ones according to your eligibility and start applying before the deadlines:

Government Scholarships for International Students

  1. Fulbright Foreign Student Programme: One of the most popular scholarships available for international students funded by the government of the USA. However, this scholarship does not cover education in the field of medicine. 
  2. Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Programme: This scholarship is also funded by the government but is a non-degree scholarship. Furthermore, this scholarship only covers a 10-month study programme in the US.

Non-Government or Private Scholarships

  1. Chicago Booth School of Business: The Indian Trust & Fellowship and Akhtar Ali H. Tobaccowala Fellowship are the ones accessible for Indian students who apply to study a full-time MBA at the college.
  2. Fulbright Nehru Research Fellowships: It offers scholarships to exceptional Indian graduates wishing to study at any level at an authorized US establishment.
  3. S.N. Bose Scholars Student Exchange Program for Indian Students: Opportunities for Indian students at the level of Master’s degree graduation or even higher to pursue a selected program in the field of science and technology at a university in the United States.
  4. BeArt Presets Academic Scholarship: Candidates must be either undergraduate or graduate students. The student must hold an official acceptance letter from an accredited University or College.
  5. James “Rhio” O’Connor Memorial Scholarship: Scholarships are open to all countries. It gives partial funding of 1000$. It conducts an essay contest open to all college students.
  6. Shankara Scholarship: Shankara scholarship is a prestigious scholarship awarded to brilliant minds with a creative mind and a flair for learning and knowledge. Students who require financial assistance are given preference. They can be given funding in terms of tuition fees of USD 1,000.
  7. The Law Offices Of Joel J. Kofsky Scholarship 2016: To apply for the Law Offices of Joel J. Kofsky Scholarship, you have to submit an essay on the given topic: Write an essay describing the security laws and safety measures that need to be emphasized. The good news is that this grant is open to students from all nationalities.
  8. B.D. Bangur Endowment Educational Scholarships: The scholarship is open to Indian nationals. He/She must be at least 35 years of age. Applicants must demonstrate genuine financial need. Graduates with consistent academic merit from a recognized Indian University are eligible. Applicants in their final year of a degree course are also eligible.

Now that you know what US scholarships are offered by the government and private entities in the USA, you’re better aware to apply for them when applying to business schools or universities in the USA.


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