Types of scholarships for international students | Scholarship list

Last Updated on September 27, 2021 by iSchoolConnect

High expenses is a major reason students refrain from studying abroad. Well, we are here to tell you not to let your finances hold you back and explore the various scholarships for international students.

Millions of international students dream of studying abroad. Most go abroad for their postgraduate degrees while some, for their undergraduate degrees. However, while studying abroad is the opportunity of a lifetime, it is also one of the most expensive ventures. The average yearly cost of studying abroad can range from US$ 30,000 to US$ 70,000. Keeping that cost in mind, getting some scholarships for international students might drastically reduce the load of tuition fees.


For international students, it’s essential that they plan on how to finance their education abroad before leaving their home country. Most universities in countries like the USA, UK, and Australia offer substantial financial aid to their students. Read this blog to find out which kind of financial aid you might be eligible for:

1) Need-Based Scholarship

Girl looking into need-based scholarships for international students
Need-based scholarships are provided to the students who deserve them and prove their worth

These scholarships are reserved for students that need financial aid. It’s an excellent opportunity for students struggling to make ends meet. Many universities offer need-based scholarships to international students. For example, Harvard University offers total scholarships worth $46,508, New York University-$47,750, and Cornell University-$49,116, to name a few. You can find out about the scholarships offered by the university you’re applying to, by visiting their official websites.

2) Privately-Funded Scholarships

Man giving info about the types of scholarships in USA for international students
Some universities recommend privately- funded scholarships to students and also provide application instructions

Scholarships funded by private organizations are a viable option for international students. However, most of these scholarships have strict eligibility criteria. For example, there are some scholarships for women specifically, while some are reserved for certain areas of study.

While, Indian organizations such as Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation ScholarshipsTata Scholarship for Cornell UniversityStanford Reliance Dhirubhai FellowshipS N Bose Scholars Program offer scholarships for Indian students.

3) Merit Scholarships

Merit based scholarships for international students
In 2017-2018, a large percentage of merit scholarships were offered to academically accomplished students

Merit-based is the first type of scholarship that comes to mind when we think of financial aid. Universities award merit scholarships to students that excel in academics or sports. Below are the types of merit-based scholarships that international students can avail:

Sports Scholarships

These scholarships lie in the category of athletic scholarships. Regulated by the NAIA, NJCAA, and NCAA, these scholarships can be fiercely competitive. Also, there are several rules regarding how students can receive the scholarship. Regardless of the conditions, sports scholarships are excellent for international student-athletes hoping to study in the US.

Academic Scholarships

These scholarships are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic performance. They are funded by private organizations, colleges or universities. Students with excellent grades in their programs are eligible for this type of scholarship.

Average Academic Scholarships

It takes more than high grades and standardized test scores to get an average academic scholarship. For this type of scholarship and grant, students are evaluated on their overall performance. Universities also take into account factors such as community service and extra-curricular activities.

4) Government-Funded Scholarships

Government based scholarship being offered to a student
The Fullbright program offers 1,800 scholarships annually, while the Hubert Humphrey program offers 200 scholarships annually

The governments of USA, UK, etc. provide many scholarships to international students in order to promote the internationalization of their education systems. Programs such as the Chevening scholarship, Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, Fulbright Foreign Student Program, etc. are some examples of government offered scholarships for international students.

List of scholarships for international students:

Funding can be an enormous challenge for many international students who wish to study abroad. Not to mention, applying for admission and scholarship, getting a visa, and setting up accommodation entails a lot of time and effort.

Here are some examples of the best scholarships for international students:

Scholarship name Description
Chevening scholarship Full scholarship which covers tuition fees for studying in the UK
Gates Cambridge Scholarships Graduate-level, full scholarships for research in the University of Cambridge
Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program For professionals who want to study in the US for at least 10 months
Fulbright Foreign Student Program For graduate students and artists who aspire to study in the US
Commonwealth Fellowship For students from commonwealth countries. It covers tuition fees, travel, and allowances
Australia Awards Scholarships Full scholarship for students from developing countries intending to study in Australia
S. N. Bose scholarship For Indian students who want to study in the USA. Includes stipend, health insurance, & airfare


To make life easier, iSchoolConnect offers overseas consulting to international students. From applying to their preferred university to finding scholarship and accommodation, we help international students throughout the entire process. We also help you connect with these organizations that award scholarships to deserving students. You can visit our website or contact us. We also publish several helpful blogs that tell you Everything You Need to Know About GRE, How to choose your perfect college, Benefits of part-time jobs for students, and many other things. So what are you waiting for? Explore away!

Rashmi Kango

A writer by day and a reader by night, Rashmi is a quirky cog, in the wheel that is iSchoolConnect. She spends her days writing intriguing and informative articles about all things Higher-Ed.

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27 thoughts on “Types of scholarships for international students | Scholarship list”

  1. I am a student at ischoolconnect. I would like to know more about academic scholarships offered for Indian students who want pursue their masters abroad.

    1. Hey Saakshi! As you would’ve read in the blog above, there are many scholarship options you can apply for. Our amazing team of counselors will of course, help you with your university applications as well as finding the scholarship that is perfect for you. If you need any other assistance or have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at support@ischoolconnect.com.

  2. I am a high school graduate in Uganda and am looking for a scholarship to study abroad as soon as my results are back in February 2020 how can I get help please

  3. I am from Nepal and I would like to know about the scholarship schemes for undergraduate program i.e.aerospace engineering in good universities.

  4. I’m from India.
    I have completed my senior secondary studies this year and I would like to know about universities which have aerospace engineering.

    1. Hey Ankit! We’d love to help you find a university abroad for aerospace engineering. Just provide a few more details such as your scores, country preference, etc. and we’ll shortlist them for you!

  5. i am from ethiopia and i have completed b.sc degree and i am looking to see masters program in usa or other any areas so couid you help me please!

  6. I, am from India, would like to know about scholarship scheme for undergraduate in computer science in top university.

    1. Hey Himanshu, thanks for commenting! There are many scholarships such as the Erasmus Mundus scholarships, DAAD scholarships, IEEE scholarships, etc. Other than that, many top universities offer various scholarships for undergraduate students that need it and prove their worth. So, you can always talk to the university admissions’ office. If you have any study abroad queries, you can always post them here at http://discuss.ischoolconnect.com/ and get answers from expert counselors.

  7. Hello, my name is Joseph T.Tokpah, am a Liberian. I desire to further my career since I completed my undergraduate studies. I did economics and graduated with 3.3GPA. I want to inquire on how I can obtain a Need_base scholarship?

    1. Hey Joseph! Thanks for commenting. While there are many other ways, the best way to get a need-based scholarship is to consult the universities you are applying to. Talk to the university admissions’ office and check the eligibility criteria and ascertain if you qualify for the scholarships they offer. If you have any study abroad queries, you can always post them here at http://discuss.ischoolconnect.com/

      1. Hi I am jaslin.from India..recently completed my Masters here..looking for an university to proceed my doctoral degree.. Kindly reply..thank you

  8. hi, i am priyanka ,recently i have complited my 12th board exam from a government college .i got 69.4% ,i want to study abroad and looking for schloarship scheme .but, because of covid-19 i face many financial problem. i want to study computer science so please help me.

    1. Hi Priyanka!
      We understand your situation and would love to help in any way we can.
      One of our expert counselors will touch base with you soon.
      All the best!

  9. I am Doctor Jahngir Alam from Banglades. I have completed my bachelor degree MBBS.I want to study abroad in Master of Public Health so i’m looking for universities where i can get scholarship. So please help me, thank you.

    1. Hi Doctor Jahngir,
      I’m glad you’re thinking of doing your Masters in Public Health. You will be helping improve the social and economic health of people. The degree will cover a lot of issues like social isolation, violence, food security, etc. and how to solve them.
      For further details on which universities are the best and most affordable, one of our counselors will get in touch with you soon.

  10. When should I apply for the scholarships? Is it before applying to the university which I would like to study or after I have been selected to the university I have applied to.?

    1. Hi Amrutha,
      Mostly, students apply for scholarships after they get selected
      But some organizations offer scholarships based on trust that you will get an admit
      So you can also apply before you get selected…it depends on the scholarship you’re applying for
      But if you don’t get an admit…the organization will retract the scholarship and you will not receive the amount

  11. I am from India and I have passed my 12th grade in 2021 with 95.4% with PCMB I would like to know about the scholarships in Canada and USA for computer engineering.

  12. Thanks for sharing such amazing information and I hope you keep on share such kind of useful information daily.

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