Many organizations offer funding for graduate school, and these are some that our students have successfully used in the past.
Please note that we do not work directly with these organizations and cannot guarantee their services. This list is not exhaustive, so we encourage you to do your own research as well. There are various scholarship search engines, but please note that differentiating between viable options and spam can be time-consuming. We advise you to avoid any scholarship services that require a payment. You can continue to search for external scholarships while you are enrolled, and some scholarships are only available once you have enrolled. Our financial literacy tool, iGrad, has a scholarship search engine with a number of filters that you may find helpful (e.g., master’s degrees, non-U.S. citizen). iGrad is only available to current students as well as incoming students who have paid their tuition deposit and activated their Middlebury network accounts.
Aga Khan Foundation
The Aga Khan Foundation provides scholarships for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies.
American Association of Japanese University Women (AAJUW)
The AAJUW is offering $2,000 scholarships to promote the education of women, as well as to contribute to U.S.– Japan relations, cultural exchanges, and development of leadership.
American Association of University Women Career Development Grants
Grants awarded to women who hold bachelor’s degrees and are preparing to advance or change careers. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.
American Association of University Women International Fellowships
Fellowships awarded to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and are seeking financial support to attend graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls.
Eligible recipients are Scandinavians undertaking study or research programs (usually at the graduate level) in the United States for up to one year.
Asian Art Society of Monterey Bay (AASMB) Scholarship
The Asian Art Society of Monterey Bay (AASMB) will award five scholarships of $3,000 each to MIIS students who are proficient in or studying an Asian language as part of their degree program. The funds are paid to the school for the next semester, to be applied to tuition and books. Awards are based on both scholastic achievement (minimum full load and 3.5 GPA required) and financial need. Application deadline is March 15, 2021.
Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA)
Scholarships are available for graduate students pursuing MAs in water policy or public administration with a demonstrated concentration in the field of water resources.
Association of International Educators (NAFSA)
Links to student-oriented websites that explain where to find and how to apply for financial aid.
Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA)
APSIA has a list of various fellowships and scholarships.
Asociación Panamericana de Instituciones de Crédito Educativo (APICE)
A list of international organizations, foundations, embassies, and other institutions that provide financial aid for graduate studies and research abroad.
Scholarship awarded to select Mexican citizens who are pursuing a master’s degree and have a GPA of 8.5 and two years of work experience.
Scholarship awarded to Black students pursuing any field of study or education level.
Canadian Federation of University Women
Multiple fellowships and awards for education for women who are pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees and are citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
Each semester CGTrader challenges students to dig into the field of technology, writing an essay on how innovative technologies are transforming our lives. Past topics have been “The future of technology in education” and “Using games for social good and playful learning.”
Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program
Awarded to U.S. citizens who are beginning a graduate degree in international affairs or another area relevant to the work of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service. After graduation, recipients may be appointed as foreign service officers at the U.S. Department of State.
Career Coach Scholarship
Careerenjoyment.com is offering a $2000 scholarship to an applicant who successfully articulates their specific career planning strategy.
Colfuturo provides scholarships for students from Colombia who would like to pursue master’s (or PhDs) abroad.
Comision México-Estados Unidos (COMEXUS) Becas Fulbright-García Robles
For Mexican citizens pursuing graduate degrees at a U.S. university. Note: Students currently living, working, or studying in the U.S. are not eligible, nor are students who have resided in the U.S. for more than one year in the last five years.
Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología
Awarded to select Mexican citizens pursuing graduate degrees in fields related to science, technology, and innovation.
Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship
For current graduate students in master’s programs who are preparing for a career in state and local government finance and who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or Canada. Applicant must be recommended by an academic advisor or dean of the graduate program of choice.
Directorio de Becas
List of scholarship programs and organizations for Mexican citizens.
Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program
Scholarship for students who are citizens of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, or Uzbekistan and who are pursuing the following fields of study: business administration, economics, education, environmental management, international affairs, journalism/mass communication, law, library/information science, public administration, public health, or public policy.
Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)
Graduate scholarship databases and scholarships including options that don’t require proof of citizenship.
Guide for international students studying in the U.S. that includes information and resources on how to finance your education.
Enables students to create personalized searches in their scholarship database. Students must create an account to gain access.
Descriptions of ways students can fund their studies and links to scholarship search engines.
Financial Literacy Scholarship
Credit Sesame is awarding $2,500 scholarships to students passionate about learning and achieving financial health.
Fulbright for Non-U.S. Students
Various programs for non-U.S. students and scholars to study in the U.S. Typically all of the programs require an in-depth application and review process before funding is awarded.
Scholarships for Brazilian citizens, ages 16–34, pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies.
Funding for U.S. Study Online (IIE)
This Institute of International Education resource includes a scholarship database.
Harvard LASPAU: Academic and Professional Programs for the Americas
Connects individuals and institutions with opportunities such as admissions testing and scholarship management.
IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme
The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) aims to help grow the number of women in the nuclear field. Selected students receive a scholarship for up to 2 years for master’s programs in nuclear science and technology, nuclear safety and security, or nonproliferation studies at accredited universities. You will also be provided with an opportunity to pursue an internship at the IAEA for up to 12 months.
Links to scholarships offered in multiple countries and multiple degree programs.
Jim and Anna Hyonjoo Lint National Security Scholarship
Intended to further the education and career development of scholars, especially in the areas of international affairs, counterintelligence and national security. The amount and number of the scholarships will be determined by the amount of donated money that is available each year.
Junior League of Monterey
This scholarship is awarded to a female student with financial need who is pursuing higher education in order to obtain a degree that will help her impact women and children in our local community.
The $5,000 scholarship will award one student (U.S. citizen or permanent resident) who successfully creates a plan to persuade people to stop distracted driving.
LegatNet Danish Foundation
Database for Danish students seeking funding through grants and scholarships.
Margaret McNamara Education Grants
Grants awarded on a competitive basis to exceptional women over 25 from developing countries who are enrolled as full-time students, have demonstrated financial need, and are committed to working to empower women and children.
Mary Elizabeth Lockwood Beneventi MBA Scholarship
A $2,000 scholarship awarded to students attending graduate school full time in an accredited college or university and majoring in business administration (MBA). The applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.25.
Mercer Mettl Scholarship For Emerging Leaders
Mercer Mettl Scholarship for Emerging Leaders awards $2,000 scholarships to students in their second year of study and is designed to assist young leaders who show an exceptional flair for leadership and have the mettle to be dynamic business leaders of tomorrow.
MyUS.com Community Scholarship
A $2,000 scholarship that will provide select eligible students with financial assistance as they earn their degrees.
To support and encourage students pursuing higher education, Nancy Etz awards this annual scholarship to those currently enrolled as full-time undergraduate or graduate students in the U.S. The Nancy Etz Academic Scholarship was created to recognize an outstanding student and provide them the resources needed to advance in their disciplines and eventually pursue their dream careers.
Open Education Database
A resource of various scholarships for graduate school.
Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each award is for up to a total of $90,000.
P.E.O. Sisterhood International Peace Scholarship Fund for Women
Merit and need-based scholarships awarded to both domestic and international women who want to pursue graduate studies in the U.S. and Canada.
The Leo S Rowe Pan American Fund The Rowe Fund is an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to US$15,000 dollars.
Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
Fellowship awarded to prospective graduate students pursuing a foreign service career and demonstrating outstanding leadership and academic achievement. As well as financial assistance, the fellowship offers two summer internships and potential employment after graduation at the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service.
The Rachel Tanur Prize for Visual Sociology
Scholarship is awarded to students interested in photography. Open to all current students majoring in the social sciences. Requires applicant to submit one original photo and two written commentaries.
SelfScore International Student Scholarship
SelfScore offers six $5,000 scholarships for International Graduate Students.
SeniorAdvice.com Senior Caregiver Scholarship
SeniorAdvice.com is offering a $2,000 scholarship to an eligible student who has been a caregiver for a senior friend or relative.
Student Training and Education in Public Service (STEPS)
Scholarships and Resources for Minority Students
Switzer Environmental Fellowships
The Switzer Fellowship Program offers one-year fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement.
Willis W. and Ethel M. Clark Foundation Investment in Community Fellowship
Up to $10,000 awarded each year to deserving graduate students born, raised, and/or living in Monterey County who intend to be of service and provide leadership to the coastal communities of the Monterey Peninsula. The award can be used to cover the ordinary costs of graduate school including tuition, books, room, and board.
World Affairs Council of the Monterey Bay Area Scholarship
The World Affairs Council makes annual $3,000 merit-based scholarships to local students. Candidates must be high academic achievers, show interest in international affairs and/or related subjects, and be enrolled in one (or more) of the following degree programs:
- MA in International Environmental Policy
- MA in International Policy and Development
- MA in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy
- MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies
There are a number of scholarships that are only available for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) designated degrees. The Institute offers three STEM degrees: the MA in International Environmental Policy, the MA in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, and the MA in Translation and Localization Management. Applicants to these programs should explore these STEM scholarships:
AFCEA Intelligence and Cyber Security Scholarships: Scholarships for STEM majors in cyber security, intelligence, and homeland security-related disciplines.
Cybersecurity Guide: this guide includes information related to the kinds of scholarships available to cybersecurity students, where to look for scholarships, and what is required to be eligible for scholarships.