Scholarship Opportunities

Grainger Engineering Scholarships for Continuing International Students: 

Scholarships for Continuing Students is an application for scholarships from The Grainger College of Engineering for the academic year 2024-2025. Limited international student scholarships available.

  • Applications Open! Learn more here:
  • Deadline: March 5, 2024
  • International Student Eligibility: All international students are welcome to apply. Contact Tina Miller, Scholarship Coordinator for more information: 

Application Information Sessions. Learn more here:

Application Drop-in ‘Q&A’ Sessions. Learn more here:

We are offering 3 information sessions (Grainger Engineering Library Room 433)

These sessions are to help applicants who have already reviewed the scholarship application and have general questions about the application or would like clarity on specific questions. These Q&A sessions are not required for scholarship consideration.


If you’ve been in an engineering program, with at least one semester of grades received in Grainger Engineering at the University of Illinois, you are encouraged to apply. (Note: If you have no GPA from Illinois or are not pursuing an engineering undergraduate degree, you do not qualify).

The scholarships for engineering undergraduate students are merit-based. To be qualified, you are expected to be involved both academically and professionally. It is therefore important to be prepared before applying. Successful candidates are typically connected with faculty in some way. For example, they may be performing research, contributing to RSOs, or volunteering.

Application Opening: February 1st

Deadline: March 5th (by 5:00 p.m.)

List of Available Scholarships:

American Concrete Institute-ACI Foundation Fellowships

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Eight fellowships (up to $10,000) offered to undergraduate and graduate students in engineering, architecture, and other appropriate curricula within the concrete field. Applicants must be full-time students attending a U.S. university or college during the award year. International students eligible.

Amelia Earhart Fellowships (Zonta International Foundation)

Deadline: November 15, 2018

The Fellowship program supports talented women, pursuing advanced studies in the typically male-dominated fields of aerospace-related sciences and engineering. Women of any nationality with a superior academic record pursuing a Ph.D./doctoral degree in science or engineering are eligible to apply.

American Association for University Women – International Fellowships

Deadline: November 15, 2018

The grants provide support for community-based projects that benefit women and girls in the fellow’s home country. Master’s/First Professional Degree, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral Fellowships of $18,000, $20,000 and $30,000 respectively awarded to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

American Nuclear Society (ANS) Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: February 1, 2019

You must be at least an entering sophomore enrolled in a program leading to a degree in nuclear science, nuclear engineering or a nuclear related field and an ANS student member (U.S. or non-U.S. citizen) attending a qualified university in the United States.

American Scandinavian Foundation

Deadline: April 1, 2019

The foundation provides fellowships and grants for advanced study or research in the USA to citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.

Armenian Students Association of America, Inc.

Full-time students of Armenian ancestry  are eligible to apply for scholarships of $500 – $1,500 per year. Applicants should be able to demonstrate financial need, high academic achievement, character, self-assistance, and extracurricular activities.

Asian Development Bank (ADB) – Japan Scholarship Program

ADB-Japan Scholarship Program provides full scholarships for one to two years for citizens of ADB’s developing member countries.  Applicants will pursue postgraduate studies in approved fields of study at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM).

Association for Women in Architecture Scholarship

Deadline: April 25, 2019

Three scholarships up to $2,500 each for women students who have completed at least one full year of Architecture; Civil, Structural, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering as related to Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Urban and/or Land Planning/Design; Interior Design; Interior Architecture; Environmental Design; or Architectural Rendering and Illustration, leading to a degree. Non-US citizens attending a U.S. university eligible.

Avery Brundage Scholarship

The UIUC Avery Brundage Scholarship is designed for students who demonstrate excellence both in academic pursuits and in amateur athletic endeavors. Full-time graduate students in good standing with a “special athletic ability” in an amateur sport are eligible. The application packet is available in hard copy at the Office of Student Financial Aid, 620 East John Street, Champaign.

Australia Awards

Awards are available to students from eligible countries of Asia, Pacific, Middle East, and Africa. The area of study must relate to country’s priority areas for development. 

Bailey Scholarship (for UIUC international students)  

Deadline: February 15, 2019

Incoming international freshman, sophomores and juniors may apply to the University YMCA’s Fred S. Bailey Scholarship. $3,000 awards will be granted to students who demonstrate “their impact and contribution in the areas of service and activism”

Belgian American Education Fund, Inc.

Fellowships for graduate study and research in the United States for Belgian citizens. $46,000 for Master’s programs and $56,000 for Ph.D. programs. BAEF also covers health insurance.  Fellows stay in the USA for a full academic year. Doctoral and post-doctoral scholars stay 12 months.

Cambridge Overseas Trust

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Opportunity to study at Cambridge University, UK for international students. Offers full and part scholarships at all levels. Applicants may study academic disciplines currently available at the University.  Some scholarships require additional application to a funding partner.

Campus Compact Awards Programs

Campus Compact awards are offered to faculty and students in recognition of their civic and community engagement. Deadlines and award amounts vary.

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

Deadline: April 12, 2019

Three months fellowships to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, and law students in creating  policies on science and technology. The stipend for the 12-week program is $8,500 to offset living expenses during the fellowship period. The program is also open to non-US citizens who hold one of the following visas: F-1 students using CPT or OPT, J-1, J-2 dependents, adjustment applicants, refugees, asylees, and selected other visa.

DAAD Undergraduate Scholarships in Germany (discontinued)

Undergraduate scholarships eligible for second and third year university students of foreign nationality attending American college or university. Applications available for 4-10 months of study, senior thesis research and/or internship in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Davis-Putter Scholarships

Deadline: April 1, 2019

Need-based grants (up to $10,000) to undergraduate or graduate students actively working for peace and justice on campus and/or in the community. Students at an accredited U.S. college or university eligible (U.S. citizenship not required).

East-West Center Scholarships and Fellowships

Funding for up to 24 months for Master’s or Doctoral degree study for graduate students from Asia, the Pacific, and the U.S. to participate in the educational, residential, and leadership development programs at the East-West Center while pursuing graduate study at the University of Hawaii.

Explores Club – The Youth Activity Fund Grant

Deadline: November 5, 2018

The grant supports undergraduates who are interested in exploration and advancement “of the scientific knowledge of our world”. Awards range from $500 to $5,000.

Erasmus+ Program

Erasmus+ scholarships to conduct master or doctoral study/research in one of European university of the consortia. Scholarships are available in many fields including Engineering, Manufacture and Construction and Science, Mathematics and Computing. Students of any foreign nationality eligible.

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship

Deadline:December 1, 2018

East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellowship provides funding for up to 24 months for Master’s or Doctoral degree study at the University of Hawaii. Students from countries of Pacific Region, Asia, and the United States eligible to apply.

East-West Obuchi Scholarships

Deadline: December 1, 2018

The scholarships support students of the Asia Pacific Leadership Program (APLP) and Master’s or Doctoral Degree study at the University of Hawaii in fields deemed beneficial to Okinawan development needs.

Echoing Green Foundation- Fellowship Programs

Deadline: October 30, 2018

Provides seed funding to any emerging social entrepreneurs who are deeply connected to the needs and potential solutions for their communities. A stipend of $80,000 for individuals ($90,000 for 2-person partnerships) paid in four equal installments over two years. Must demonstrate sufficient English fluency to participate in interviews and Echoing Green events.

Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)

Fellowships to first-, second-, and third-year undergraduate students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Supports one year of non-degree undergraduate study in the United States in fields, such as accounting, agriculture, business, law, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program For Cause-Driven Leaders

Deadline: April 8

Are you interested in an unpaid internship but are concerned about the financial hardship it may cause? The Fred S. Bailey Internship Scholarship Program for Cause-Driven Leaders offers academic scholarships to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who will complete an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for profit organization. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student. All undergraduate students regardless of academic program or citizenship status are encouraged to apply. 

For internships that occur between May 16, 2019 – December 31, 2019


Summer/Fall 2019 Application Deadline: April 8

For internships that occur between May 16, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

Deadline: October 10, 2018

The Gates Cambridge is for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who are seniors, graduate/professional students, and graduates. The Gates Cambridge fully funds one to four years of study leading to a degree at Cambridge University, England. All applicants must apply directly to Cambridge as a graduate student and fill out the supplemental portion of the application to the Cambridge Trusts to be considered for the fellowship.

Glamour Magazine’s Top Ten College Women Competition


Dynamic young women with leadership experience, excellent grades, and inspiring goals invited to apply. One grand prize of $20,750 and nine $3,750 prizes awarded to outstanding full-time juniors. All winners will receive a celebratory trip to New York City and recognition in Glamour. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, District of Columbia, and Canada (void in Quebec).

Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship

Deadline: October 5, 2018

A highly-competitive national program provides an opportunity to recent undergraduates and grad school graduates to work six to nine months in Washington as full-time junior staff members. A salary- based fellowship. Non-U.S. citizens currently living in the United States with the proper work visa are eligible.

Illinois International Achievement Awards

The University of Illinois recognizes its alumni, faculty and students who have provided significant services and contributions to humanity, science, art, or human welfare. Annual nominations are made in five categories, and all recipients are honored at a banquet co-hosted by the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost, the Alumni Association, and International Programs and Studies.

International Scholar Laureate Scholarships

Deadline: February 27, 2019

Applicants who pursue a degree in business, diplomacy and international relations, engineering, medicine and nursing and members of Phi Theta Kappa eligible. Applicants don’t have to be in Phi Theta Kappa but exclusive scholarships are given to members. Educational opportunities are available to locations such as Australia, China and the United States.

Japan-IMF Scholarship Program for Advanced Studies

Deadline: December 31, 2018

A two-year program intended to help Japanese nationals obtaining Ph.D. degrees in macroeconomics and preparing them to work as economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). JISP covers all reasonable expenses for two years of graduate study. 

Josephine de Karman Fellowships

Deadline: October 1, 2018

$22,000 for graduate students and $14,000 for undergraduate students. Students in any discipline must be currently enrolled at a US university and be either a senior undergraduate student or be in the final year of a PhD program. International students eligible.


Campus DeadlineAugust 23, 2018

NOTE: (Your application to Stanford must be submitted separately) The Knight-Hennessy is for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens who are seniors or earned their undergraduate degree within the past four years. The Knight-Hennessy fully funds two to five years of study leading to a graduate or professional degree at Stanford University. All applicants must apply directly to Stanford as well.

King Faisal Foundation Scholarship

Funding opportunity up to three years for Muslim students in medicine, engineering, and sciences (physics, chemistry, and geology). For study at an accredited European or North American university.

Kosciuszko Foundation

The foundation awards a number of scholarships to qualified graduate students for full-time studies in any field at accredited colleges and universities in the United States. Must be a U.S. citizen of Polish descent or a Polish citizen with permanent residency status in the U.S. 

Mayo Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program

Deadline: February 1, 2020

$5,000 research fellowship for undergraduate students dedicated to scientific research alongside professional biomedical scientists.

Microsoft Scholarship Program

Deadline: February 28, 2019

Undergraduate scholarships eligible for full time students in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, math, or physics- with interest in computer science. Successful candidates required to complete a salaried summer internship. Foreign students enrolled at US university eligible.

Organization of American States (OAS)- OAS Regular Programs for Academic Scholarships (Undergraduate)- 2018-2019

Undergraduate scholarships eligible for students from the English and Dutch-speaking Caribbean Member States for full time studies in any OAS Member State including the USA. Applicants must be in their last two years of study leading to a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Open Society Foundations (OSF) Scholarship Programs

Provides funding for individuals who have innovative and unconventional approaches to Foundations’ focus areas or identify a problem that has not previously been recognized. Their work is to empower individuals throughout the world to improve the social, political, and intellectual environments of their home communities. 

Paul and Daisy Soros Foundation Fellowship for New Americans

Deadline: November 1, 2018

For seniors or recent graduates to pursue up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. The program is intended to support New Americans who will continue to regard the U.S. as their principal residence and focus of national identity. 

Peterhouse Research Studentships, the University of Cambridge

NOTE: Applicants must apply for the studentship through the College’s online application system, a link to which will be provided on the College’s home page by December 1st.

Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Deadline: April 15, 2019 (Check with your chapter for their own deadline)

Fifty-one fellowships of $5,000 each and six at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards. 

Reach Oxford Scholarship- Undergraduate Scholarships

Deadline: February 13, 2019

Foreign students from low-income countries must be admitted to Oxford in order to be considered for Reach Oxford scholarship.  Students of highest academic ability perusing undergraduate studies in any field except of medicine eligible. 

Rhodes Scholarships

Deadline : October 3, 2018

The Rhodes is for U.S. citizens or non-citizens under the age of 24 who are seniors, graduates/professionals, or graduate students. Non-U.S. citizens apply from their home country and may have an earlier deadline.  The Rhodes fully funds two to three years of study leading to a degree at Oxford University, England.

Pocketbook-Zookal Scholarship for Entrepreneurs

One $2,000 scholarship for students who are currently enrolled in a university and 18 years or older. Applicants who have a startup idea they’d like to pursue or are already pursuing or worked in a startup encouraged to apply. International students eligible. 

Rotalia Foundation

Scholarships and research grants for individuals in the U.S. and abroad who read, speak, and understand Estonian. Grants are given at all levels – undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate, and for research.

Rotary Peace Scholarships

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Fellows who are committed to successful resolution of conflicts and advancement of peace receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of Rotary’s peace centers. Fellows can earn either a master’s degree in international relations, public administration, sustainable development, peace studies, conflict resolution, or a professional development certificate in peace and conflict resolution. 

Samuel Huntington Public Service Fellowship Award

DeadlineJanuary 18, 2019

Annual stipend of $15,000 is available for a graduating college senior to pursue public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career. Non-US citizens graduating from a U.S. college or university are eligible. 

Society of Women Engineers

Various awards for women pursuing baccalaureate or graduate degrees in engineering or computer science enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering programs.

South East Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) Tuition Fellowships

Fellowships assist applicants who wish to learn Burmese, Hmong, Indonesian, Khmer, Lao, Tagalog, Thai or Vietnamese at the first, second or third year level lowering the cost of tuition to $2,000- 2,500.

Student Academy Film Scholars

DeadlineJanuary 31, 2019

Student Academy Film Scholars grants are awarded to scholars (both academically affiliated and non-affiliated) to support new works of film scholarship. Proposals must be submitted by January 31, 2019. No extensions will be granted after the deadline.


Final Deadline: May 31, 2018 for applicants who hold passports from Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan or Macao Campus Deadline for non-Chinese students: August 23, 2018 The Schwarzman is for U.S. and non-U.S. citizens under the age of 28 who are seniors, graduate/professional students, and graduates. The Schwarzman fully funds one year of graduate study leading to a degree in public policy, economics and business, or international studies at Tsinghua University, China. Prior knowledge of Mandarin is not required and Mandarin classes are included in the coursework. All coursework is taught in English.

The Sweden-American Foundation

The Foundation awards approximately 40 fellowships for graduate, postgraduate, and post-doc studies in the U.S. and Canada. Swedish citizens with a completed undergraduate degree eligible.

The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships

Intended for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees. Approximately 450 scholarships will be granted to the candidates  from the following countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mozambique, Myanmar (Burma), Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and approximately 100 scholarships will be granted to the citizens of Algeria, Botswana, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Namibia, South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, Vietnam, the West Bank & Gaza, and Yemen. 

The Swedish Institute – SI Scholarships for the Western Balkans for Master’s Level Studies in Sweden

Intended for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees. Citizens of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo and Serbia are eligible to apply.

The Swedish Institute- Swedish-Turkish Scholarship Program

Intended for full-time master’s level studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees. The scholarships are designed to support studies that promote democratic and social development. 15-20 scholarships awarded to candidates from Turkey. 

The Swedish Institute – The Visby Program Scholarships for Master’s Level Studies

The scholarships are intended for full-time studies in Sweden and cover both living costs and tuition fees. Citizens of the following countries: Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine eligible. 

Swiss Benevolent Society of New York Scholarships

Need and merit –based scholarships support study at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels both in the U.S. and abroad. Applicants of Swiss lineage eligible. 

Swiss-American Society

This society host monthly events with key people in the US relating to business and politics along with other cultural events. To become a member of this society you need a written application to the Board along with two recommendation letters from current members in the society. Membership fees are CHF 80.00 (Swiss Francs) a year. 20,000 Swiss Francs are donated every year towards scholarships. Citizens of Switzerland and non-Swiss who can demonstrate close ties to Switzerland are eligible.

Tavitian Foundation, Inc.

Scholarships to individuals who are natural or adoptive children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren of an Armenian or Eastern European parent, grandparent, or great-grandparent. Recipients may use their award at any approved institution for any course of study. For further information you may contact them here

 The UNESCO Fellowship Programs

Co-Sponsored Fellowships and Extra-Budgetary Fellowship Programs aim to promote human resource capacities in the developing countries and to enhance friendship among people of the world. Availability of study programs vary by year.

United States–South Pacific (USSP) Scholarship Program

Deadline : February 1, 2019

Authorized by the U.S. Congress and funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Merit –based program. Computer science is one of prioritized fields of study. Citizens of the following countries: Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu are eligible. 

Winston Foundation for World Peace Fellowships

 Undergraduate and graduate students receive a $300/week stipend for pursuing a project related to cooperative security, conflict resolution, and disarmament. Contact:

Sage Corps

Sage Corps sends small groups of top undergraduate and graduate students to: Buenos Aires Argentina; Tel Aviv, Israel; Hong Kong to work as consultants for local tech startup companies under the mentorship of a “Sage” – successful business leaders. Local language recommended, but not required. All interested students should send an email to to receive further information about the programs, applicable dates, and fees.

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