United States is well-known as one of the best study destinations in the world, yet it is also known as one of the most expensive nations in which to pursue higher education. Nevertheless, it shouldn’t hold you back from pursuing study at a U.S. university. Anyone can accomplish their dreams to study in the U.S. with the help of free scholarships in U.S.A. Here are some of the most prestigious full scholarships you may be eligible to apply for.
Fulbright Scholarship Programs
The Fulbright Program is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State under policy guidelines established by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (FSB) and in cooperation with a number of private organizations.
The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. The program is active in more than 160 countries around the world, including those in the following regions other than the U.S.:
- East Asia and the Pacific
- Europe and Eurasia
- Middle East and North Africa
- South and Central Asia
- Sub-Saharan Africa
- Western Hemisphere
Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program
The Humphrey Fellowship Program provides mid-career professionals from designated countries with an opportunity to enhance their professional capabilities through participation in specialized, then-month, non-degree programs developed specifically for small clusters of Humphrey Fellows at selected U.S. universities. The program provides a basis for establishing long-lasting productive partnerships and relationships between citizens of the United States and their professional counterparts in other countries, fostering an exchange of knowledge and mutual understanding throughout the world.
In order to be eligible to participate in the Humphrey Fellowship Program, applicants must meet the following basic eligibility criteria:
- An undergraduate (first university or Bachelor’s) degree
- A minimum of five years of full-time, professional experience
- Limited or no prior experience in the United States
- Demonstrated leadership qualities
- A record of public service in the community
- English language ability
Inquiries about possible specific program requirements may be sent to the U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Section or Binational Fulbright Commission in your country.
The Humphrey Fellowship Program support studies in the areas of sustainable development, democratic institution building, education, and public health. The fellowship provides for:
- payment of tuition and fees at the assigned host university
- pre-academic English language training, if required
- a maintenance (living) allowance, including a one-time settling-in allowance
- accident and sickness coverage
- a book allowance
- a one-time computer subsidy
- air travel (international travel to and from the U.S. for the program and domestic travel to required program events)
- a Professional Development allowance for professional activities, such as field trips, professional visits and conferences
For more information, visit www.humphreyfellowship.org.
Civil Society Leadership Awards
The Civil Society Leadership Awards (CSLA) provide fully-funded scholarships for master’s degree study in U.S.A., to individuals who clearly demonstrate academic and professional excellence and a deep commitment to leading positive social change in their communities. The Civil Society Leadership Awards are available to citizens of the following countries: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Laos, Libya, Myanmar / Burma, Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
The awards are merit-based – academic excellence, professional aptitude, leadership potential in the field of specialization, proven commitment to open society values, and appropriate language proficiency are all important factors in evaluation. The awards are available for study in the following areas:
- Communications, Journalism & Media
- Culture, History & Society
- Development Studies
- Education Management & Leadership
- Environment & Natural Resource Management
- Gender Studies
- Human Rights
- Law (including Human Rights law)
- Politics & International Studies
- Public Health Policy & Health Management
- Public Administration
- Public Policy
- Social Policy
- Social Work
For more information, visit the Civil Society Leadership Awards’ web page.
Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship
The Wesleyan Freeman Asian Scholarship Program provides expenses for a four-year course of study toward a bachelor’s degree at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, for up to 11 exceptionally able students annually from these countries and regions: the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Each Freeman Scholar will receive a full scholarship that covers the cost of tuition and student fees regardless of his/her family’s financial situation. Families wishing to apply for financial aid to assist with the costs associated with room, board, travel, and books and supplies should submit the Profile Form of the College Scholarship Service (CSS). Wesleyan’s Financial Aid Office will determine the family contribution. The family contribution is comprised of a parent contribution based on the parent(s) income and assets, as well as a student contribution.
The selection criteria for this scholarship include:
- academic achievement
- intellectual curiosity
- a high level of discipline and commitment
- strong personal qualities
- extracurricular involvement, especially community service
- English language ability
Further details can be found on the Freeman Asian Scholarship’s web page.
AAUW International Fellowships
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers fellowships for female international students to study in the U.S. AAUW’s International Fellowship program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A limited number of awards are available for study outside of the U.S. (excluding the applicant’s home country) to women who are members of Graduate Women International. Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.
Up to five International Fellowships for master’s / first professional degrees will be renewable for a second year. The amount of awards vary as the following:
- Master’s / first professional degree: $18,000
- Doctoral: $20,000
- Postdoctoral: $30,000
For more information, visit AAUW’s International Fellowship Application Instructions web page. Learn more about AAUW at www.aauw.org.
Rotary Peace Fellowships
Each year, Rotary awards up to 100 fully funded fellowships for dedicated leaders from around the world to study at one of Rotary’s peace centers. Through academic training, practice, and global networking opportunities, the Rotary Peace Centers program develops the fellows into experienced and effective catalysts for peace. The fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, round-trip transportation, and all internship and field-study expenses.
The Rotary Foundation awards up to 50 fellowships for master’s degrees and 50 for certificate studies at premier universities.
- Master’s degree programs: Accepted candidates study peace and development issues with research-informed teaching and a diverse student body. The program lasts 15 to 24 months and includes a 2-3 month field study, which participants design themselves.
- Professional development certificate program: Experienced leaders gain practical tools for promoting peace and international development during an intensive, 3-month program, which includes 3 weeks of field study and peer learning opportunities with a diverse group.
Learn more about the Rotary Peace Fellowships on its official web page.