Admissions and Financial Aid

External Funding Sources for International Applicants

The Heller School does not award any of the below scholarships or grants. This list is presented for informational purposes—it is the responsibility of each applicant to investigate and apply to each funding source.

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program

Eligibility: International students from select developing countries
Focus: Civil society, health, rural development, economic development, humanitarian assistance
Award: Grants/loans based upon needs of student
Dates: Call for applications opens in January; March deadline

American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships

Eligibility: Women/international students
Award: $18,000
Dates: December deadline

The American-Scandinavian Foundation

Eligibility: Citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden
Focus: Postgraduate study in the United States
Award: The number and size of awards varies widely by country

College Women's Association of Japan Graduate Scholarship

Eligibility: Japanese Women
Award: ¥3 Million
Dates: November deadline


Eligibility: Citizens of Colombia
Focus: Postgraduate study in the United States and abroad
Award: Scholarships/loans up to $25,000 per year (maximum of two years)

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Eligibility: International students; program eligibility and selection procedures vary widely by country
Focus: Postgraduate study in the United States
Award: Varies widely

Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program

Eligibility: International students from developing countries; Japanese Nationals
Focus: Eligible Heller programs are SID, MS-GHPM, and COEX
Award: Fully funded scholarships
DatesStudents must apply jointly in the Heller application by our advertised international deadlines

Margaret McNamara Education Grants

Eligibility: Women from select countries
Focus: Development; Women and youth empowerment
Dates: Call for applications opens in September; January deadline

Organization of American States (OAS) Regular Program for Academic Scholarships

Eligibility: Students from North and South America
Focus: Social development; sustainable development and the environment
Award: Up to $30,000 per year
Dates: Varies by country

Organization of American States (OAS) Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund

Eligibility: Citizens from Latin American and Caribbean OAS Member States 
Award: Interest-free loan up to $15,000
Dates: No deadline

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund

Eligibility: Women/international students
Award: Up to $10,000
Dates: March-April deadline

Quad Fellowship (IIE Foundation)

Eligibility: Master's and doctoral students from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia. India, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Viet Nam applied to a STEM eligible program in the U.S.
Award: One-time stipend of $40,000
Dates: April 1st deadline

Russell E. Train Fellowships

Eligibility: International students from select countries; varies by fellowship
Focus: Conservation
Award: Up to $30,000
Dates: March deadline

Funding for U.S. Study Database

Funding for U.S. Study Online is an extensive database of external scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education (IIE).

Loans for International Students

International students are eligible for private loans. Private educational loans depend upon applications sent directly to the lending organizations. Each private lending organization has its own policies governing when the approval can be made, so the best way to check this out would be on the organizations' individual websites. If you are considering loans to finance your studies, you will need to show that you have secured the amount indicated on your VIDOF form minus any scholarships you may have received from the Heller School. As the loan process can be lengthy, you should begin the process as soon as possible. There are U.S. based private loan options, but international students need to have a U.S. or naturalized citizen to co-sign the loan. You can research these loan options at the Federal Student Aid web site. Please note that you would NOT be eligible for the federal loan options, only the private lenders. You may also want to conduct a search for educational loans for international students on the web. Two options are International Student Loan and Global Student Loan Corporation.