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Scholarships to study in the US

Looking for scholarships to study in the US for Indian students? We’ve got the list.

Studying in the US can be affordable if you plan well in advance, so you can apply to a range of scholarships offered by the American universities and colleges before deadlines. Open to meritorious international students to help them fund their studies, these financial aids can be partial or fully paid, depending on the criteria, course and the institution. Many scholarships and bursaries are also offered by the American government, and various private and public establishments as well. When applying to any of these scholarships, make sure you check the criteria carefully, along with the application closing date. 

What is the criteria for applying to scholarships to study in the US for Indian students?

The most important criterion for most scholarships is a good academic score, however, it also depends on factors such as your chosen destination, subject and level. In some scholarships, factors like extracurricular activities, and volunteering can also be used to advantage. Keep in mind that every scholarship has its eligibility criteria. While in some, a mere application may suffice, while for others you may have to fulfil several other conditions. For instance, in research-centric programs, you may have to submit written assignments. Do not hesitate to contact the university admission centre if you have any doubts.

What amount of money is available through scholarships?

The amount of money available and the type of award varies between institutions. Certain research programs may provide up to 100% of the tuition fee besides covering a part of your living expenditures. You may experience higher competition when you apply for government scholarships in comparison to the university scholarships. So, we suggest you start with the procedure about 8-12 months before your preferred intake begins. 

Here are some popular scholarship programs you can apply to study in the US as an Indian student:


Name of the scholarship



Fulbright- Nehru Fellowships

  • Applicable for international students who are applying to master’s or PhD programs; this scholarship covers tuition fee, accident and sickness coverage as per US guidelines, airfare, and living costs

  • You will receive a monthly stipend to support your course in case of PhD. However, for other levels of education the grant and duration may differ

  • It covers only J-1 visa support



Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program


  • This program is a part of the Fullbright program, and aims to bring an accomplished young and mid-career professional from a developing country to study in the US for 10 months of non-degree graduate study and related practical experience

  • A new offering in this program is Long-Term English (LTE) language training – limited to minority, rural or non-elite crowd that lacks in required language skills but are outstanding in their field

  • LTE participant is given an intensive 20-25-week pre-academic training to enhance their language skills

  • This program covers tuition fees, monthly maintenance allowance, living expense, airfare, professional expenses like for field trips etc



#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

(Non-Government scholarship)

  • It’s a scholarship and social media campaign designed to welcome international students in US higher education system irrespective of the subject area

  • You are required to submit an essay or video which depicts your initiative and interest to promote intercultural exchange activities 

  • In this, the participating university and college will offer you two annual and renewable scholarships that will include a minimum cover of 50% tuition fees to enroll in the selected international undergraduate program 

  • Your essay or multimedia project should highlight the leadership skills that you may wish to apply in the university campus




(Non-Government scholarship)

  • This is a summer program sponsored by Abbey Road Inc. which grants scholarships to a 14-18 aged high school student that shows exemplary performance in their academics and extracurricular activities

  • It offers five $1,000 student scholarships each year in specific areas (feel free to reach out to IDP for more information) 

  • The award amount is $500 



AAUW International Fellowships

(Non-Government scholarship)



  • These fellowships are awarded to international women students for full-time study and research in the US. It supports both graduate and post-graduate students accredited in the US institutions

  • Amount of scholarships is:

    a) Master’s/first professional degree: $5,000-$18,000
    b) Graduate or Postdoctoral: $18,000-$30,000 

  • The duration is up to five International Fellowships 

  • This is for master’s/first professional degrees that will be renewable for a second year


*This is an indicative list, speak with your IDP counsellor for details and best available options suited to your profile

Also, most American universities and colleges have their own list of scholarships for Indian students. Don’t worry if you get stuck anywhere, our international education experts will be more than happy to guide you through.  

Note: Given the current COVID-19 situation, there might be some changes in the 2020/2021 intakes. Don’t worry, our international education experts are here to guide you with the latest updates to help you apply to your desired course and institution. Feel free to connect with our experts for a free counselling session and keep posted about the latest COVID- 19 updates. 

Updated on July 30, 2020

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