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Scholarships and Grants for International Students


Note: The majority of scholarships reserved for international students who want to earn a degree in the U.S. are sponsored by individual colleges and universities. For more information about opportunities at a particular school, please visit that institution's official website.

Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program


This fellowship is available to students who are residents of participating countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North AfricaEast Asia and the Pacific IslandsSouth and Central Asia, and the Western Hemisphere. Candidates must be majoring in an approved field of study and planning to enroll at one of the fellowship's partner universities. Additionally, they must demonstrate the following:

  • Current enrollment in an undergraduate degree program in their home country
  • At least five years of professional employment or formal work experience
  • Limited time spent in the United States prior to application for the fellowship
  • A record of leadership and community service
  • Intermediate to advanced English skills


The amount awarded to each recipient will vary, but the monies will be used to cover the following expenses:

  • Tuition and administrative fees at the recipient's host university
  • English language training (may not be needed)
  • A living allowance, which includes a one-time “settling-in” stipend
  • Health insurance
  • Books and supplies, including a one-time computer stipend
  • A one-time computer subsidy
  • Airfare for travel to the U.S., as well as any required domestic travel during the course of the program
  • A “Professional Development allowance” that covers work-related activities like field trips, professional visits, and seminars and conferences
  • Please note: This is a “non-degree-granting” fellowship, meaning that no diploma will be awarded at the end of the program; the coursework is designed to build the fellow's proficiencies in several areas and prepare them to continue their education and earn a degree in his or her home country.

Online programs are not eligible.


Requirements will vary by the applicant's country of origin; each candidate should contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy or Binational Fulbright Commission in his or her home country for specific application information. Candidates must receive a nomination from their respective embassy or commission no later than Oct. 1; other deadlines will also vary by country of origin.

Global Scholarship Alliance


This scholarship is open to any international student who has completed a nursing degree program (minimum three years of study) and currently holds a registered nursing license in his or her home country. Additionally, the degree program's curriculum must have included both theoretical and clinical components that cover the following subjects:

  • Surgical
  • Obstetrics
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Medical nursing

The applicant must also have at least one year of “post-graduation and licensure acute care hospital-based nursing experience” in a specialty that may include (but is not limited to) the following fields:

  • Critical/intensive care
  • Coronary care
  • Emergency
  • Medical
  • Surgical
  • Operating room/theater
  • Telemetry

The student is required to complete a period of home service after the U.S. program has concluded; the duration of this service will vary by institution and specific visa requirements.


The amount awarded by this scholarship will vary by institution, but the money will fully fund the following expenses:

  • Full tuition for one of the following programs:
    • BSN completion
    • RN to MSN
    • BSN to MSN
    • Post-Masters Certificate
  • Books and supplies, including a laptop computer
  • Airfare and relocation/resettlement costs in the U.S. city where the student is assigned
  • Recipients will also receive paid training at their university's hospital and/or clinical facilities.

Online programs are not eligible.


Applicants must complete the following sequence of tasks in order to receive and honor this scholarship:

  • Meet GSA standards for the initial selection
  • Receive an acceptance letter from a GSA approved University Partner
  • Obtain a U.S. visa
  • Travel to the U.S. and complete all requirements for the assigned academic program: enroll, attend classes, receive full, on-campus practical training through employment, maintain a high GPA, and graduate on time (students will remain under ‘visa status' for the duration of the program)
  • Repay the scholarship amount plus interest if they fail to finish the program or earn a degree in a timely manner (in accordance with their signed Scholarship Agreement)
  • Return to their country of origin to begin “home service” within 30 days of completing training in the U.S.

International Association of Black Actuaries


This scholarship is open to individuals of African descent who are either U.S. citizens/legal residents or residents of Canada, the Caribbean, or any African nations. Additionally, candidates must be admitted to an accredited school in the U.S. or Canada that awards degrees in actuarial science, and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the duration of their coursework. Finally, recipients will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Calculus and probability skills (prior course completion required)
  • SAT with a minimum math score of 600, ACT Assessment with a minimum math score of 28, or comparable scores on tests used outside the U.S.
  • Successful completion of an actuarial exam or active pursuit to do so
  • Completion of all Validation by Educational Experience (VEE) requirements
  • Strong communication skills
  • Commitment to achieving a career within the actuarial profession.


The amount awarded by this merit-based, renewable scholarship will vary; recipients typically earn between $500 and $4,000 per year. The money is sent directly to the recipient's higher learning institution, and the money is reserved for tuition, books and supplies, room and board, and other education-related expenses.

Online programs are not eligible.


Candidates must submit the following materials:

  • A completed online IABA Foundation Actuarial Scholarships Application (site registration is required)
  • Two recommendation forms completed by professors or other faculty members who can attest to the student's academic merit; both of these should be emailed directly from the author to the student's educational institution
  • Scores for all completed educational examinations (PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc.)
  • A budget estimate covering tuition, fees, and other expenses for the entire academic year
  • Current resume
  • A personal statement that explains why the applicant wants to be an actuary, and how the scholarship will enable them to achieve their career goals
  • A sealed transcript sent directly from the student's current institution, as well as transcripts from any other schools attended
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