Especially at the doctoral level, many graduate students are able to fund their studies through departmental teaching assistantships and scholarships from external funding bodies.

Funding for master's and doctoral students can be offered from external funding bodies on the basis of:

  • Financial need
  • Merit
  • Extracurricular achievement
  • Talent
  • Country of origin
  • Subject of interest
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • And more!

If you look hard enough, there is a scholarship out there for you.

A significant proportion of international PhD candidates in the USA report their American university as the primary source of funding at the time of submission. This is often in the form of teaching assistantships, in exchange for valuable undergraduate teaching experience.


Our online EducationUSA guide has resources to help you find funding opportunities, and our Fulbright Awards are open to prospective postgraduates.