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International Students

ONSF is committed to providing inclusive opportunities for our non-US students whenever possible.  National scholarships and fellowships that receive US federal funding (e.g. NSF Graduate Research Fellowships) will typically require US citizenship.  Other national scholarship and fellowship foundations (e.g. the Marshall Scholarships) may have US citizenship as part of their mission or eligibility requirements.  On each scholarship or fellowship page on the ONSF website you'll find the citizenship eligibility highlighted.  Below you will find links to some of our most prominent opportunities for non-US citizens.

UM STEM Research Career Award

The UM STEM Research Career Award provides up to $5000 for a sophomore or junior who plans to pursue a research career in a STEM field.  All applicants apply via a single process.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship provides full funding for 2-3 year of post-graduate study at the University of Oxford.  International students apply through their home country or regions ("Rhodes constituency" - see this list). U-M nomination is not tyically required for non-US applicants. Applicants who do not meet the eligibility requirements for an existing Rhodes constituency can apply for U-M nomination to the Global Rhodes Scholarship.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship provides full funding for any graduate program at the University of Cambridge.  International students will apply via the Cambridge graduate admissions process, typically by December 1st.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program provides full funding for any graduate program at Stanford University.  Scholars will join a multidisciplinary community of graduate students dedicated to tackling the world's greatest challenges.  All applicants apply via a single admissions process.

Schwarzman Scholars Program

The Schwarzman Scholars Program provides a one-year leadership training program for future global leaders at Tsinghua University in Beijing.  Schwarzman Scholars live and take classes in English (no prior knowledge of Chinese required) in Schwarzman College at Tsinghua, together with a series of engaged learning opportunities about China's place in the world.  Chinese citizens (include Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan) apply separately by May 31st.  All other applicants apply via a single process in September.

Chevening Scholarships

The Chevening Scholarships provide two years of funding for a wide variety of graduate programs at any university in the UK. They are the international equivalent to the Marshall Scholarships for US citizens.

Humanity in Action

Humanity in Action fellowships provide intensive 4-week summer workshops on human rights and social justice in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Berlin, Copenhagen, Sarajevo, Warsaw and Detroit.  After the 4-week program fellows return to their communities to develop and implements a social justice action plan. Senior fellows are then eligible for a semester-long internship in Washington, DC.

Funded Summer Research

International students seeking summer research programs in STEM fields can apply for the Japan and Singapore locations of the Amgen Scholars Program, the DAAD Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) in Germany, or to many university-funded summer research fellowships at individual American universities, often called Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURFs) or Summer Research Opportunity Programs (SROPs).  Unfortunately, there is currently no central clearinghouse for SURFs and SROPs.  The best way to search for them is with Google.

More Opportunities

The Yale-NUS fellowships office has a much more comprehensive database of academic and experiential fellowships that are available to international students.  A helpful search engine can be found at