Fully Funded Scholarships can be an amazing boon for international students. By alleviating financial stress and helping students focus on pursuing their academic goals, these awards help alleviate financial strain while giving students more time and freedom to focus on academic achievements, and various areas of study.
One scholarship covers tuition fees, accommodation charges, monthly stipend, health insurance premiums and travel allowance. Learn more!
Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program offers graduate students, young professionals and artists from around the globe the chance to study in the United States on full scholarships – making it one of the world’s premier international exchange scholarship programs and creating opportunities to represent society fully in order to foster global understanding and promote international peace. Administered binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations as well as US embassies worldwide, eligibility and application procedures differ depending on country of residence.
Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board offers fellowships of up to one year of university study at U.S. universities to graduating seniors, graduate students, teachers, scholars, artists, and professionals from over 160 countries. Funded by the US Department of State through their Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Managed and overseen by this twelve-member panel of educational and public leaders.
Fulbright Fellows receive tuition and university fees, a living stipend, book allowance, educational allowance for research travel costs and miscellaneous costs, health insurance coverage, round-trip airfare to Washington D.C. as well as professional development seminars. In addition, most grants cover language training programs as well as returning home for family reunions or visits with friends.
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program offers accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries the chance to gain leadership training through non-degree graduate study and leadership development for 10 months without incurring degree requirements. Administered through Fulbright Exchange activities and administered by Institute for International Education (IIE).
Fellows embark on an individually-tailored academic program of study at universities chosen for their expertise in Humphrey fields and level of support they offer Fellows. Since 1978 when this program first started, over 6,450 alumni have gone on to hold positions within governments, businesses, or nonprofit organizations worldwide.
Key to the Fellowship experience is its six-week professional internship component, where Fellows work alongside U.S. counterparts to expand upon their expertise. This provides Fellows with invaluable hands-on learning opportunities while showing how the knowledge acquired in academic programs can be applied directly in professional settings.
As part of their academic and professional experiences, Humphrey Fellows participate in various community events organized by program partners. These activities allow Fellows to meet people from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds while broadening their understanding of United States culture. Fellows also attend workshops, seminars and discussion groups designed to help them become effective leaders within their community or profession.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program at Stanford is one of its premier scholarship offerings, providing up to three years of tuition coverage for any graduate degree program. Established by Nike co-founder Phil Knight and former Stanford President John Hennessy in 2018, this scholarship allows recipients access to any type of graduate education (i.e. Maya Sheth and Sydney Hunt used their Knight-Hennessy Scholarship for doctoral studies while Anjali Gupta used it for medical school).
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program selection process requires submitting a full application with recommendations from faculty and mentors, an essay statement video statement, and attending an in-person “Immersion Weekend” round at Stanford. Candidates are evaluated based on criteria including Independence of Thought, Purposeful Leadership and Civic Mindset.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars members enjoy a supportive multidisciplinary community at Stanford while receiving funding for their graduate degrees. Furthermore, scholars gain access to a host of community experiences including workshops, meetings with leaders, domestic and global study trips as well as personal development opportunities through the King Global Leadership Platform. Since the program’s inception ten Duke students have been selected as Knight-Hennessy Scholars with 85 scholars representing 29 countries and 38 graduate degree programs making up its 2023 cohort – the largest ever.
Yale Young Global Scholars YYGS Program
The Yale Young Global Scholars YYGS Program is an academic exploratory program that brings students from around the globe together for two weeks of academic exploration each summer at Yale campus. Over 150 countries and 50 states from every continent attend this unique interdisciplinary experience and participate in lectures, seminars, meetings with peers across borders and engagement with Yale faculty and fellow classmates through classroom discussions.
Scholarships provide full tuition and travel costs to and from the program, housing on campus and meals for sophomore or junior high school students with strong interests in international affairs, languages and cultures, fluency in English as well as being prepared to participate in an intensive curriculum that is conducted entirely in English. Applicants should demonstrate strong commitment to international affairs with strong English speaking abilities to participate.
The Ellis Trust provides grants for eligible female-identifying high school scholars from Philadelphia public and charter high schools who seek enrichment experiences outside their schools. This program empowers girls to explore their interests and strengths, discover potential career goals and pursue them; furthermore it provides various college preparatory opportunities. In addition, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation assists highly promising students who meet financial need who wish to attend some of the nation’s most selective colleges or universities by offering scholarships, in-depth academic counseling services and direct services designed to help reach their fullest potential.