Funding Graduate School

Many TechWomen Fellows enter advanced degree university programs after their time in the Silicon Valley. Below are notable sources of graduate school funding for students based outside of the USA. There are many other programs associated with individual universities and programs of study. Check out “Top 25 Scholarships in USA for International Students” by scholars4dev and also “Scholarships” by WeMakeScholars for more links.

This is a work-in-progress and will be updated from time to time. More information is welcome: Please send suggestions!

Notable Graduate School Funding Programs

  1. Aga Khan Foundation – International Scholarship Programme: The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. Preference is given to students under 30 years of age.
  2. American Association of University Women – International Fellowships: Awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.
  3. Fulbright Foreign Student Program: The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists from abroad to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 foreign students receive Fulbright scholarships each year. The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists the U.S. Department of State in administering the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.
  4. Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program: The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) sponsors students from developing countries to pursue one of the preferred and partner masters programs at participating Universities around the world. JJ/WBGSP scholars must commit to returning home to their country upon graduation in order to use their enhanced knowledge and skills towards their community’s, country’s, or region’s development.
  5. MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program: an ongoing global program with $700 million in funding.  The Scholars Program is implemented through partner universities and NGOs (inside and outside of the USA) that serve young people from vulnerable backgrounds.  The application process and decision-making is managed individually by each partner in the Program.  Students considered for the Program must be academically strong and have demonstrated a commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.
  6. P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS): The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding. The scholarship is based upon demonstrated need; however, the award is not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses.

Dr. Aladesanmi Omolara Titilayo 2015 graduation Nigeria

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Other Programs

These Fellowships are not regular graduate school programs but may be of great interest:

  1. Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program: The Humphrey Program provides a year of professional enrichment in the USA for experienced professionals from designated countries undergoing development or political transition. Humphrey Fellowships are awarded competitively to candidates who are mid-career professionals in many fields. More than 4,000 men and women have been honored as Humphrey Fellows since the program began in 1978. Approximately 200 Fellowships are awarded annually. Eighteen major universities in the United States host Humphrey Fellows. The Institute of International Education (IIE) assists the U.S. Department of State in administering the Humphrey Fellowship Program.
  2. Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders: The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, begun in 2014, is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. In 2016, the Fellowship will provide 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa with the opportunity to hone their skills at a U.S. higher education institution with support for professional development after they return home. The Fellows, who are between the ages of 25 and 35, have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.

TechWomen Zimbabwe Delegation at National University of Science and Technology February 2016

19 July 2016: page updated – resources added 

Photos Copyright 2014-2018 by Dr. Aladesanmi Omolara Titilayo and Katy Dickinson and TechWomen and Mercy Sosanya

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