External funding bodies

There are thousands of funding bodies helping international students attend university in the USA. They include trusts, charities and private donors committed to a particular educational mission.

Like niche scholarships, external funding bodies often have specific qualities they are looking for in applicants, such as:

  • Gender
  • Country of origin
  • Ethnicity
  • Interests
  • Talents
  • Religious denomination
  • Medical condition

There is bound to be a scholarship applicable to your situation. The following resources can help you search for scholarships based on your circumstances:

Make sure you indicate you are an international student if this is an option. Many of these searches will also bring up university-specific scholarships.

Applying for them

External scholarship applications are separate to university applications. They might require essays, competitions and/or interviews.

Some scholarship deadlines are much earlier than university deadlines, and some are much later. Schedule your applications sensibly, and remember you can often apply for as many as possible.