Scholarships for Undocumented Students
The U.S. Department of Education has put together a list of scholarships open to undocumented students, updated in October 2015. Immigrants Rising also keeps a list of scholarships that don't require proof of citizenship or legal permanent residency in the U.S.
Chevening Scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars with leadership potential to support a one year Master’s degree at any UK university across the UK. Applicants should be high caliber graduates with the personal, intellectual and interpersonal qualities necessary for leadership. Chevening Scholars come from over 150 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU), and this year the Scholarships will support more than 1,500 individuals.
To learn more, visit the Chevening Scholarships website or read the Chevening Scholarship guide.
Learn more about scholarships to study in the UK here.
China Scholarship Council Exchange Scholarship
An agreement between Harvard University and the China Scholarship Council of the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China provides Harvard undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to study or conduct research in China for one academic year. Up to five full scholarships (which includes tuition, campus housing, health insurance, and a stipend) and ten partial scholarships (tuition only) are offered for study or research at selected Chinese universities authorized to admit foreign scholarship students. Admission to the selected university for scholarship winners is arranged by the China Scholarship Council (CSC) and recipients also receive a visa application which is pre-approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens.
To learn more, visit the Committee on General Scholarships website.
Clarendon Scholarships support graduate study at Oxford University, covering all tuition and college fees, plus a generous grant for living costs. While there are no quotas by course type, the majority of Clarendon scholars are working towards a DPhil (doctoral degree). Scholarships are also awarded for two-year graduate degrees (such as the MPhil or BPhil) or one-year degrees (such as the MSc, MSt, MBA or MFE).
To learn more, visit the Clarendon Scholarships website.
Critical Language Scholarships
The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully funded summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the United States and other countries, CLS provides opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the United States at every level of language learning.
Beginning, advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels: Azerbaijani, Bangla, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Punjabi, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu
Advanced beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels: Arabic and Persian
Intermediate and advanced levels: Chinese, Japanese, and Russian
To learn more, visit the CLS website.
An agreement between the D.A.A.D (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, or German Academic Exchange Service) and Harvard University provides Harvard graduating seniors, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows the opportunity to apply for study or research scholarships in Germany. Study Scholarships are awarded to highly qualified graduating seniors, graduate students, and recent Harvard University graduates of all disciplines to do independent study or to undertake a full Master's degree in Germany.
DAAD Scholarships for Harvard students are administered through the Committee on General Scholarships. The German Academic Exchange Service also maintains a detailed website.
Ecole Normale Superieure Exchange Fellowship / Augustus Clifford Tower Fund Fellowship / Michel David-Weill Fellowship / Williams-Lodge Fund Fellowship
These four fellowships each support one year of graduate study in France. Awards vary between $18,000 and $25,000. Applicants to the Augustus Clifford Tower Fund Fellowship and Williams-Lodge Fund Fellowship must apply separately for admission to their chosen university. All applicants should have advanced knowledge of the French language, both spoken and written.
To learn more, visit the Committee on General Scholarships website. Michel David-Weill information is here.
FAS Prize Office
Prizes in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) are given for academic excellence, outstanding individual qualities, or other achievements. They are also awarded for excellence in subjects as demonstrated by essays submitted directly for prize consideration, special examinations, or theses submitted to the departments.
To learn more, visit the FAS Prize Office website.
Gates Cambridge Scholarship
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are prestigious, highly competitive full-cost scholarships. They are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. These include the PhD (three year research-only degree), MSc or MLitt (two year research-only degree), or a one year postgraduate course (e.g. MPhil, LLM, MASt, Diploma, MBA etc.)
To learn more, visit the Gates Cambridge website.
Humboldt Foundation German Chancellor Fellowship
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s German Chancellor Fellowship Program is targeted at prospective leaders interested in spending a year in Germany networking with other prospective leaders from abroad and exploring new solutions to the global issues of our times. Topics include politics, public administration and business as well as society and culture. During their stay in Germany, Fellows usually pursue research-based, self-developed projects with a German host of their choice at host institutions.
To learn more, visit the Humbolt Fellowship website.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars is an international graduate-level scholarship program for study at Stanford University. Established in 2016, the program prepares students to take leadership roles in finding creative solutions to complex global issues. Scholars receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford and have additional opportunities for leadership training, mentorship, and experiential learning across multiple disciplines. Starting in 2018, the program will annually offer financial support comprising full tuition and fees, room and board, related academic expenses, and a stipend for living expenses. Successful applicants to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will demonstrate leadership, independent thought, and civic commitment. Approximately one-third of the scholars will be from the U.S. and two-thirds from international selections.
To learn more, visit the Knight-Hennessy Scholars website.
The goal of the Luce Scholars Program is to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The Luce Scholar Year is a cultural and experiential opportunity rather than an academic one. Students are not enrolled in colleges or universities and no academic credit is extended for the program. A professional placement is individually arranged for each scholar on the basis of his or her professional interest, background, and qualifications.
The Luce Scholars competition is open to Harvard College seniors, recent graduates of Harvard College, Harvard graduate students, and recent graduates of Harvard graduate or professional schools. Applicants must be citizens of the U.S. who have not reached their 30th birthday by September 1st of the year they enter the program.
Luce Scholarships for Harvard students are administered through the Committee on General Scholarships. The Luce Foundation also maintains a detailed website.
Mt. Vernon Leadership Fellowship
The Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program is a fully paid and funded, five and a half week summer residential program for rising juniors who desire to make a difference. Fellows will immerse themselves in a leadership development program, interact with nationally recognized corporate, government, and military leaders in the nation’s capital, and discover how to change the world through self-reflection, exciting experiential activities, and a community service-focused capstone project.
To learn more, visit the Mt. Vernon website.
The Point Foundation is the nation’s largest higher education scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) students. Point’s multifaceted support of its scholarship recipients extends beyond direct financial contribution toward the cost of their education. Each scholar is paired with a mentor and participates in leadership development programs and events.
To learn more, visit the Point Foundation website.
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Programs provide academic and professional preparation for outstanding candidates to enter the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service, representing America’s interests abroad. Pickering Fellows are undergraduate and graduate students in academic programs relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Pickering Fellows receive mentoring, professional development, and financial support as they prepare to enter the Foreign Service. Upon successful completion of the Foreign Service examination, Pickering Fellows make a commitment to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as Foreign Service Officer.
To learn more, visit the Pickering website.
PPIA (Public Policy and International Affairs) Fellowship
The PPIA Fellowship provides for a summer of intensive study in economics, statistics, domestic/international policy issues, and leadership, as well as at least $5,000 tuition assistance (often more) for a Master's degree in public and/or international affairs at one of several participating schools. Applicants must be College juniors and must be available to attend the 7-week summer institute in the summer after their junior year. All nationalities are welcome, although international students may only attend the summer institute at UC Berkely or Princeton. Economic need is given consideration during the review of applications.
To learn more, visit the PPIA Fellowship website.
Rotary Club Global Grant Scholarship
Global Grant Scholarships fund up to four years of graduate study or research outside the United States (in any of the 200 countries where there is a Rotary Club) aligning with one of Rotary's areas of focus:
- Peacebuilding and conflict prevention
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Water, sanitation, and hygiene
- Maternal and child health
- Basic education and literacy
- Community economic development
To learn more, visit the Rotary Club Global Grants website.
The Saltire Scholarships is a program of scholarships offered by the Scottish Government in collaboration with Scottish universities in the areas of science, technology, creative industries, healthcare and medical sciences, and renewable and clean energy. Scholars receive £8000 towards tuition for a one year Master's at any of Scotland’s higher education institutions. Scholarships are available to citizens of Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Pakistan and the USA.
To learn more, visit the Saltire Scholarships website.
Scoville Peace Fellowship
The Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship provides the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key issues of peace and security. The fellowship lasts from six to nine months and provides a salary, health insurance, and travel costs to Washington. Supported by a salary, the fellows serve as full-time junior staff members at the participating organization of their choice. Scoville Fellows contribute to their host organization’s goals through research, public education, advocacy, and by writing articles, blogs, fact sheets, letters to the editor, op-eds, and/or reports. In addition, they organize talks and conferences and attend coalition meetings, policy briefings, and Congressional hearings. Fellows are paired with mentors from the fellowship's board and alumni, and also receive a small stipend to attend meetings and conferences, or take a language or policy course.
To learn more, visit the Scoville Peace Fellowships website.
Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships For New Americans assist immigrants and the children of immigrants with financial support (up to $90,000) during graduate school. Applicants must be graduating seniors or early graduate students who, if born outside the U.S. are naturalized citizens or in possession of a green card. If born within the U.S., both parents must have been born outside the United States and its territories and neither can have been eligible for US citizenship at the time of the applicant's birth. DACA recipients, both past and present, are eligible.
To learn more, visit the Soros Fellowships website.
Schwarzman Scholars Program
The Schwarzman Scholars program provides the opportunity to develop leadership skills and professional networks through a one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing – one of China’s most prestigious universities. Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students will pursue degrees in one of three disciplines:
- Public Policy
- Economics and Business
- International Studies
Students will spend a year immersed in an international community of thinkers, innovators and senior leaders in business, politics and society. In an environment of intellectual engagement, professional development and cultural exchange, they will learn from one another and pursue their academic disciplines while building their leadership capacities. This experience will expand students’ understanding of the world and create a growing network of global leaders for the future.
To learn more, visit the Schwarzman Scholars website.
White House Fellowship
Founded in 1964, the White House Fellows program is one of America's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the federal government.
Selected individuals typically spend a year working as a full-time, paid Fellow to senior White House Staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. Fellows also participate in an education program consisting of roundtable discussions with renowned leaders from the private and public sectors, and trips to study U.S. policy in action both domestically and internationally. Fellowships are awarded on a strictly non-partisan basis.
To learn more, visit the White House Fellows website.
White House Internship
The White House Internship Program is a public service leadership program that provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office, and prepare them for future public service opportunities.
Selected individuals spend a semester or summer working as a full-time intern to senior White House staff, Cabinet Secretaries and other top-ranking government officials. The internship experience emphasizes community, and interns participate in service projects at schools and non-profit organizations in Washington, D.C.
To learn more, visit the White House Internships website.
Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships
The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need secondary schools in Georgia, Indiana, and New Jersey. Fellows receive a generous stipend ($30,000-32,000) to complete a master's degree program that includes a full school year of experience in local high-need classrooms. In turn, they commit to teach for three years in high-need secondary urban or rural schools. They also get mentoring and support from both their universities and their schools throughout their three-year commitment.
To learn more, visit the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships website.