Engineering scholarships for foreign students in USA
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Engineering scholarships for foreign students in USA - As you plan to spend your precious time and money to study in the US, it is crucial to begin well in advance. The need for all the planning is particularly important if you are to depend on some means of financial aid to study in one of the top destinations to study abroad. Fellowships and scholarships are, generally, highly competitive in nature and at the same time require you to begin the application procedure, at least, a year before joining. Therefore, it is important for you to secure and be prepared with all the funding in order to be approved for admission and student visa.


Scholarships and fellowships are the most common financial assistance; therefore, applicants are likely to find financial assistance that meets their requirement. Many scholarships and fellowships are merit-based, while there are some that target specific region, people and community.


Here, we bring you top universities’ engineering scholarships in USA for foreign students.


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Stanford University


University of California, Berkeley (UCB)


Harvard University


California Institute of Technology (Caltech)


Georgia Institute of Technology


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


Princeton University


Carnegie Mellon University


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT):


MIT awards financial aids solely on the basis of financial need and not merit. According to MIT, 91% of its undergraduates receive some form of financial aid, including loans, jobs and scholarships.


Many graduate students are also eligible to receive one or more forms of financial help. These may include research or teaching appointments, employment as a resident tutor, loans, or selection as a recipient of one of various internally funded competitive fellowships.


At MIT, the largest source of undergraduate financial aid is the MIT Scholarship, a need-based grant. These are packaged based on your family’s ability to contribute towards the price of your education.


Student Expenses - Expected Family Contribution= Financial Need / Awarded Aid

    Student Expenses

Student’s family contribution

Financial need awarded

 $65, 478


 $65, 478 - XYZ

This is how your financial needs are calculated. MIT assesses your family’s contribution towards your fee and then decides the amount to be paid by your family, which is then deducted from your expense. The left over amount is your financial need, which the university pays for you.


The university also offers external fellowships and scholarships. Here are some external scholarships:


Engineering scholarships for foreign students in USA: MIT



Grad. Student Fellowships in Nuclear Engineering

Stipend, Health insurance, Training and travel

Hertz Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award

$32,000/ 9-month personal stipend, Renewable for up to 5 years

Echoing Green Fellowship

 A stipend of $80,000 for individuals, or $90,000 for 2-person partnerships, a health insurance stipend.

Stanford University


The university offers an array of funding options for students based on factors like financial need, academic merit, type of degree and course of study. Stanford believes strongly in the benefits of a broad-based education, so students are encouraged to sample widely from the abundant array of course offerings.


Engineering graduates must apply to the department concerned, for instance, if you want to pursue Aeronautics, then you must directly apply to the department for financial aid.


Engineering scholarships in USA: Stanford University



Stanford Fellowships

Full tuition, living-expense stipend for one year.

Course Assistantships

8-10 units of tuition coverage, salary in exchange of 20 hours of work per week.

Stanford University offers wide range of fellowships for international students targeting different countries. For instance, Enlight Foundation Engineering Fellowship targets applicants from China, especially from Zhejiang University, Renmin University and the University of Electronic Science and Technology. Similarly, there are number of other fellowships designed for a particular country or community.


University of California, Berkeley (UCB)


According to UCB, two-thirds of undergraduates and 90% of graduate students receive some form of financial aid. Graduate students can seek financial assistance from their departments, while undergraduates can apply direct to the university. Graduate students may have an easier time finding engineering scholarships in USA at UCB that meet their requirements, as many UG scholarships cater only to domestic students i.e., US citizens or permanent residents.


Engineering scholarships for foreign students in USA: UCB


Awarded to

Berkeley Fellowships

Outstanding applicants to doctoral programs in all fields

 Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Fellowship

Highly talented science and engineering doctoral students.

Harvard University


According to Harvard University, approximately 70% students receive some form of financial assistance, while 60% receive need-based scholarships. Apart from this, the university also pays an average of $12,000 every year. In addition to need-based scholarships, Harvard also offers options like parent monthly payment plan and loans. The university also helps applicants find alternative sources of financial needs like student jobs in libraries, canteens and museums.


While Harvard University does not offer financial aid particularly for engineering programmes, there are external scholarships that may help students pursue programmes of their choice.


Engineering scholarships in USA: Harvard University



Ph.D Scholarships

Tuition fees, cost of living stipend i.e. $2,936 every month.

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Tuition fees, stipend, health insurance and airfare.

There are no specific application deadlines as such, the deadline to various scholarships are similar to that of the admission deadlines. However, it is advised to apply early as scholarships are very competitive in the university.


California Institute of Technology (Caltech)


Caltech is known for need-based scholarships and grants as the institute does not offer merit-based financial assistance. According to the institute, approximately 99% of doctoral students receive complete financial aid. Financial support for graduate students comes in various forms of assistantships and fellowships.


To apply for scholarship at the institute, you need not fill a separate form as it can be done when applying for admission into the institute. Similarly, the deadline for scholarships is that of admission, which means scholarships and fellowships follow deadline of the programme concerned.


Engineering scholarships for foreign students in USA: Caltech


Awarded to

American Association of University Women (AAUW) - International Fellowships

International students who have earned bachelor’s degree equivalent to US bachelor’s degree.

Fulbright Program for Foreign Students

Awarded to citizens from other countries for master’s or PhD degree in the US.

Please note, majority of the engineering scholarships in USA are from external sources, however, it depends on the department if there is any fellowship or grant available for engineering aspirant.


Georgia Institute of Technology


At Georgia tech, scholarships and other form of financial aids are offered on annual basis. The selection criteria for fellowships or scholarships are majorly academic excellence, financial need and the major you wish to pursue in the university.


To be considered for scholarships, you must complete a financial aid application (FAFSA) and the Georgia Tech Application for Scholarships and Financial Aid each year.


Generally, there are many students who may be equally qualified for a scholarship, however, preference is given to students who actually require financial need and meet the application deadlines.


Engineering scholarships in USA: Georgia Institute of Technology


Awarded to


The Google Lime Scholarship


Applicants with major in computer science or computer engineering.

Selected students will receive 10,000 USD (those studying in the US) or 5,000 CAD (for those studying in Canada) Annual Student Scholarship

No restrictions

$3,000 every year

Women Techmakers Scholars Program

Applicants with major in computer science or computer engineering.


Majority of the scholarships and fellowships cater to the US students or permanent residents, while few are available for international students. To know exactly which scholarship is available for your programme, you must first cross-check with the department and then apply accordingly.


University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)


The university receives funding over $1 billion in research and according to the university, it offers the fourth least expensive graduate tuition fees for out of the state applicants. UCLA offers a wide range of engineering programmes, many being online.


Scholarships are majorly available for undergraduate students, while the university offers number of outside scholarships for graduate applicants.


Engineering scholarships for foreign students in USA: UCLA




Graduate Student Grant-in-Aid Award

Stipend of up to $10,000 for 1 year. Non-renewable.

15th December 2016

Malcolm R. Stacey Memorial Scholarship

Stipend of up to $5,000 each

20th January 2017( may vary as per your department)

Amelia Earhart Fellowship

Grants of $10,000

15th November, 2017

To apply for the above fellowships or scholarships, you must first consult your department, as the application is forwarded by the department on behalf of you. Also, to be eligible for scholarships at the university, you must first receive an admission offer from the department concerned.


Princeton University


Princeton University offers various scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate applicants which are meant to assist applicants in devoting their complete time to studies. Graduate fellowships are awarded generally at the time of admission based on merit and financial need. The major source of fellowships are from privately endowed fellowship funds.


Engineering scholarships in USA: Princeton University



George Van Ness Lothrop Fellowships in Engineering

Stipend, full tuition fees (open to terminal year students only)

Wallace Memorial Fellowships in Engineering


Harold W. Dodds Fellowships

Stipend and tuition are variable

The university offers many Endowed Class Scholarships like Class of 1901 Scholarship, Class of 1910 Hibben Memorial Scholarship, Princeton University Class of 1914 Scholarship and Class of 1941 Memorial Scholarship, among others.


There are no deadlines as such, however, it depends on the scholarship and the particular programme you are applying to. It is best recommended to check the deadline and availability of fellowships with your department.


Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)


The college of engineering provides graduate applicants with exciting research and educational opportunities. CMU does not offer any particular engineering scholarships, however, it makes up to graduate students with various financial assistance in the form of in-house fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships and external fellowships.


Engineering scholarships for foreign students in USA: CMU




Full tuition fees including monthly stipend.

Research assistanships

Payments depend on research projects

Teaching assistantships

Payment varies

Amelia Earhart Fellowships (Zonta International Foundation)

Stipend of $6,000

Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program

Amount may vary

International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF)

An average of $18,750

The deadline for fellowships and scholarships may vary, as external fellowships have different deadlines compared to in-house fellowships.


University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign


According to University of Illinois, approximately 79% of graduate students receive some form of financial aid. It may include, fellowships, assistantships (teaching, research), awards and loans. The university considers your admission application for all scholarships and fellowships. Generally, most fellowships are awarded to applicants who commence their graduate programme in Fall.


Assistantship is available in teaching and research. Any further information required on assistantships should be taken to the department concerned.


Engineering scholarships in USA: University of Illinois


Applicable to


Graduate students

Research or Teaching  assistanships

Graduate students

Carver Fellowship

Incoming doctoral students

Mavis Future Faculty Fellows (MF3) Scholarship

Current engineering PhD students who have passed their qualifying exam.

The deadline may vary depending on the programme, however, it is better to check with the department before applying for any engineering programme.


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