Finding graduate school funding can be challenging for international students, as opportunities for available scholarships are more limited. However, there are some national and regional scholarships that international students may qualify for, so it's worth spending some time conducting research on the possibilities. Some scholarships are only available for U.S. citizens, so be sure to look closely at the eligibility requirements.
UM Fellowship Opportunities
Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship
International Institute Individual Fellowships
Center for the Education of Women Scholarship Program
External Funding Resources
For international students, many countries provide loans or scholarships specific to their citizens. As we become aware of these programs, we will provide links. While U-M has not endorsed any specific program, we are making the information available to you.
List of Funding Opportunities for International Students
Insitute for International Education: Funding for U.S. Study
American Association of University Women Fellowships and Grants
Prodigy Finance accepts loan applications from International students attending the Ford School of Public Policy who do not have a U.S. co-signer. To learn more and to apply, visit Prodigy Finance Loans for International Students at the Ford School of Public Policy.
International students may also apply for other private loans in the U.S, provided they have a qualifying U.S. citizen or permanent resident cosigner. For help comparing loan options, see the UM FinAid website loan analyzer.
Federal regulations and University of Michigan policy severely limit the types of U.S. federal financial assistance available to international students. Specifically, international students with F-1, F-2, J-1, J-2; and G series visas are not eligible for federal student aid.
Non-U.S. citizens may qualify for student financial aid programs if they are one of the following:
- A U.S. permanent resident with an Alien Registration Receipt Card (I-151, I-551, or I-551C) Note: If you have only a Notice of Approval to Apply for Permanent Residence (I-171 or I-464), you are not eligible for federal student aid.
- A U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain's Island)
- An eligible non-citizen with an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service showing one or more of the following designations:
- Asylum Granted
- Indefinite Parole or Humanitarian Parole
- Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending
- Conditional Entrant (valid only if issued before April 1, 1980)
- NOTE: Citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau are eligible only for Federal Work-Study.
If you meet the above criteria, you may qualify for federal assistance and should contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.