External-Grants, Need-Based Aid and Scholarships

In addition to its scholarship options, CLAS strongly encourages students to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and grants from outside sources. To start, students should visit the graduate student resource page hosted by Georgetown University’s Office of Student Financial Services.

Please note, this information has been updated to the best of our ability, but the most current information is available directly with the external organization. To find out more about each award, click the title of the fellowship to connect to the organization’s webpage.

U.S. Citizens and Residents

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc.

Graduate Scholarships based on merit or financial need.

AmeriCorps Award

Each AmeriCorps member who successfully completes a term of AmeriCorps service will receive aSegal AmeriCorps Education Award*. You can use your Segal AmeriCorps Education Award to pay educational expenses at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans. You have up to seven years after your term of service has ended to claim the award.

Beinecke Scholarship

Note: students must apply for this scholarship during their junior year of undergraduate studies.

For students who intend to study in the arts, humanities or social sciences. Each scholar receives $4,000 immediate prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Scholarship

CHCIS’s mission is to provide critical financial assistance that will increase graduation rates among Latino students in post-secondary education. The award amounts to $5,000 for graduate-level institution. Scholarship awards are intended to provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.

Government Finance Officers Association

Multiple scholarships for students preparing for a career in state and local government finance.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

HSF Scholarships are designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a college degree.

  • HSF/General College Scholarship: Award amounts generally range from $1,000 to $5,000.
  • HSF/ALPHA Scholarship: The award amount ranges from $1,250 to $10,000.
    HSF and Atrisco Heritage Foundation have partnered to provide scholarship awards to assist outstanding Latinos who are heirs of the Atrisco Land Grant of New Mexico. Applicants may reside nationwide and be graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students or graduate students. The award amount is $2,000 to be disbursed in Fall 2010.
  • The HSF/Qualcomm Q Awards Scholarship: This program provides scholarships of $5,000 for the academic year. By applying, students may also be contacted regarding internship opportunities with Qualcomm.
The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc.

The Lint Center for National Security Studies, Inc., founded in 2007, is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization created to award merit-based scholarships for Counterintelligence and National Security Workers, their children and scholars, and to advance the study of National Security, cross-cultural studies, and global understanding. The Center aims to:

  • Identify promising individuals and assist in educational pursuits through scholarship initiatives
  • Provide talented individuals with a meaningful leadership development mentoring program by current-and-former Counterintelligence and National Security Workers
  • Create a forum for the dissemination and discussion of National Security Studies through the Center’s online Web-portal
The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to participants as they are prepared academically and professionally to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service.

For the 2019 Graduate Fellowship Program, fellows receive:

  • Up to $37,500 annually for a two-year period for tuition, room, board, books, and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees.  This includes up to $21,500 per year for tuition and mandatory fees and an academic year stipend of $16,000.
  • Two paid State Department summer internships (domestic and abroad)
  • Access to the Pickering Fellows network
The Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy.

In 2019 the Rangel Program plans to award 30 fellowships of up to $37,500 annually for a two year period for tuition, room, board, books and mandatory fees for completion of two-year master’s degrees. This includes up to $21,500 per year for tuition and mandatory fees and an academic year stipend of $16,000.

Leopold Schepp Foundation Grants in Aid

The Foundation grants approximately 200 individual awards each year to both full time undergraduate students enrolled in four year bachelor programs and to full time graduate students. Graduates must be under 40 years of age at the time of application. Primary considerations for awards are:

  • Character: References are required from academic deans or advisors, employers, and personal associates.
  • Ability: Academic transcripts are required and must reflect a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Financial Need: Awards are based on demonstrated financial need. The maximum annual award is $8,500.
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans program honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States. Each year, we invest in the graduate education of 30 New Americans—immigrants and children of immigrants—who are poised to make significant contributions to US society, culture or their academic field. Each Fellow receives up to $90,000 in financial support over two years, and they join a lifelong community of New American Fellows.

Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship

The Gen and Kelly Tanabe Scholarship is a merit-based program that helps students fulfill their dreams of a higher education. The scholarship is named for Gen and Kelly Tanabe, best-selling authors on education, whose generous donations fund this program.

Eligible to 9th-12th grade high school, college, or graduate student including adult students, legal resident of the U.S. Currently in school or planning to start school within the next 12 months.

Winners are chosen by committee, which bases its decision primarily on the submitted personal statement. The first place award is a $1,000 scholarship. The award can be used for tuition, room and board, required fees or any educational expense.

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation

The Truman Scholarship provides up to $30,000 in funding to students pursuing graduate degrees in public service fields. Students must be college juniors at the time of selection. The Foundation also provides assistance with career counseling, internship placement, graduate school admissions, and professional development.

USAID Donald Payne Development Fellowship

The fellowship is named in honor of longtime development champion, the late Congressman Donald Payne.

In 2018 the Payne Fellowship Program plans to award ten fellowships valued at up to $48,000 annually for a two-year program. The award includes up to $22,000 per year toward tuition and mandatory fees for completion of a two-year master’s degree at a U.S. institution; a $16,000 stipend for each academic year for room, board, books and other education-related expenses; and up to $10,000 per year in stipend, housing, transportation, and related expenses for summer internships.

At the conclusion of two years of study, the Payne Fellow is expected to obtain a degree in international development or another area of relevance to the work of the USAID Foreign Service at a U.S. graduate or professional school approved by the Payne Program.  Fellows who successfully complete the Payne Program and USAID Foreign Service entry requirements will receive appointments as Foreign Service Officers with the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Non-U.S. Students

Below is a list of organizations outside of Georgetown which may be helpful to international students looking for aid other than loans. Some resource websites for international students (non-US-citizens) who are looking for additional aid:

Jose Antonio Alvarez Alonso Scholarship Fund (no website)

Scholarships only to Spanish nationals pursuing international training at the postgraduate level.

P.O. Box 619500 (Application Address)
Dallas, TX 75261-9500
c/o Repsol Petroleo, S.A.,

Contact: Juan Ortega, Sr., Trustee Jose Abaseal
4 Madrid, 3 Spain
(011) 446-52-00

Applications accepted throughout the year; initial approach by letter.

American Association of University Women International Fellowships

Originally designed to provide Latin American women opportunities for graduate and postgraduate study in the United States, the International Fellowships program awarded its first fellowship in 1917. The program now includes women from around the world, and International Fellowships have been awarded to more than 3,600 women from more than 145 nations.

Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.

Beca Fulbright-Garcia Robles

Oportunidad para estudiantes mexicanos de estudiar un posgrado en Estados Unidos. La Comisión, en coordinación con sus agencias socias, apoyará a los becarios en el proceso de solicitud de admisión, buscando obtener una exención total o parcial de la colegiatura.


  • Solicitud de admisión hasta en 4 universidades, incluyendo asesoría y el pago de las cuotas correspondientes.
  • Hasta $25,000 dólares por año escolar, dos para maestría, tres para doctorado. Esta cantidad no está etiquetada por lo que el becario puede utilizar los fondos para manutención (según el tabulador del Departamento de Estado), colegiatura, cuotas y/o libros.
  • Seguro de gastos médicos Fulbright (ASPE).
  • Trámite de la visa J1. Todos los becarios Fulbright viajan con visa J1 (visitante de intercambio) tramitada por la Comisión. Revise la información acerca de este tipo de visa en la siguiente liga: VISA
  • Cursos pre-académicos y de enriquecimiento en Estados Unidos.
Becas Chile

Government-sponsored scholarships for Chilean students pursuing graduate study abroad.

Becas Magdalena O. Vda. De Brockman

A grant for Mexican students interested in pursuing Master’s degrees at foreign universities.

Las becas se otorgan a mexicanos y mexicanas que deseen cursar una maestría de calidad en una universidad en el extranjero. Las becas generalmente son parciales o complementarias y cubren únicamente el primer año de estudio. Estas se otorgan en base a necesidad y mérito, a ciudadanos mexicanos, de preferencia solteros, profesionistas titulados con promedio mínimo de 8.5 y que cuenten al menos con dos años de experiencia laboral de tiempo completo.

Fulbright Fellowships

A mainstay of America’s public-diplomacy efforts, the Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. The program has brought some of the world’s finest minds to U.S. campuses and offers program participants insight into U.S. society and values.

Fundación Caja Madrid

Provides 80 scholarships for Spanish students to pursue postgraduate studies in their field of choice in the U.S., European Union (except Spain) and Canada. Past recipients have opted for Master’s degrees (51%) and Doctorates (23%).

Fundación La Caixa

“la Caixa” grants for postgraduate studies abroad help Spanish researchers and professionals to train at the world’s best academic centers. Grants are currently awarded each year for postgraduate studies in the United States, Canada, China, India, Germany, France, Great Britain and other European countries. Grants cover the full cost of matriculation, travel expenses and monthly allowances that can be extended up to 24 months.


FUNED, a non for profit private Foundation (organization), was incorporated in 1993 with a generous donation by a distinguished Mexican entrepreneur, Mr. Enrique Rojas, plus the support and additional contributions from his family.

Its mission: “To help Mexican young college graduates, develop their potential to become the leaders of a better tomorrow for their Country.” The foundation fulfills its mission by offering complementary financing to obtain a masters degree from a reputable University, local or abroad, preferably in matters related to the economic and productive activity.

FUNED grants complementary financing for studies in areas such as: Business Administration and Financing, Economics, Law, International Trade and Political Science, Engineering, Architecture, International Relations, etc.. It is not authorized to cover areas of Health, Arts and Humanities, nor doctoral studies of any kind.

Open Society Foundations Grants

They award a limited number of grants to individuals, primarily through scholarships and fellowships offered across a number of different programs. Individuals may apply for multiple grants at once. Scholarships are awarded to a qualified person to attend or affiliate with an accredited university. Fellowships are awarded to a qualified individual to work on a project in a field aligned with Open Society values over a fixed period of time.

Institute for Humane Studies

The Humane Studies Fellowship is a renewable, non-residency award of up to $15,000 per year to support current or future students in PhD programs. Intended for graduate students with an interest in developing, teaching, and applying classical liberal ideas and the principles of a free society, this program supports research and teaching in the humanities and social sciences.

Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education administers several fellowships and scholarship programs for international students. Full details and all available funding is detailed on their website.

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS)

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.

The scholarship is based upon demonstrated need; however, the award is not intended to cover all academic or personal expenses. At the time of application, the applicant is required to indicate additional financial resources adequate to meet her estimated expenses. Examples of additional resources are personal and family funds, tuition waivers, work scholarships, teaching assistantships, study grants and other scholarships.


LASPAU is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Harvard University and governed by an independent, inter-American board of trustees. LASPAU designs, develops, and implements academic and professional programs to benefit the Americas.

EducationUSA Opportunity Funds

The EducationUSA Opportunity Funds program assists highly qualified students who are likely to be awarded full financial aid from U.S. colleges and universities but lack the financial resources to cover the up-front costs of obtaining admission, such as testing, application fees, or airfare.

Each Opportunity student undergoes a selective process of evaluation by an EducationUSA adviser, regional educational advising coordinator (REAC), and the Public Affairs Section of a U.S. embassy. In addition to academic abilities, Opportunity students bring cultural and socio-economic diversity to U.S. campuses. More than 100 colleges and universities have enrolled Opportunity students since 2006.

The Opportunity Funds program is currently available at EducationUSA Advising Centers in the following countries:

  • Asia: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
  • Europe: Belarus, Bosnia, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine
  • Middle East & North Africa: Egypt, Lebanon
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Rafael del Pino Foundation

The foundation gives scholarships for Spanish Graduates and Higher-Degree Graduates, for the extension of their studies in Universities and Research Centres. The aim followed is the training of leaders, especially in the fields of economics, law, business, politics, international relations, mass media and teaching.

Rowe Fund

Established in 1948, the Rowe Fund grants interest-free loans to Latin American and Caribbean F-1 and J-1 visa holders completing their last two years of undergraduate or graduate studies in U.S. universities.

List of eligible countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominica (Commonwealth of), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, The Bahamas (Commonwealth of), Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of).

This supplementary financial aid, of up to US$15,000, helps cover a portion of your tuition and/or living expenses.  Click here for information on how to apply for the Rowe Fund grant.

OAS Academic Scholarship Program

The OAS Academic Scholarship Program (Regular Program), established in 1958, grants scholarships every year for the pursuit of Master’s Degrees, Doctoral Degrees and Graduate Research leading to a university degree. The OAS Special Caribbean Scholarships Program (SPECAF), established in 1983, grants scholarships for the last two years of undergraduate studies to citizens and residents of the English-speaking Caribbean OAS Member States, and Suriname. Both programs follow the OAS Manual of Procedures for the Scholarship and Training Program.

Additional Resources

The following sites may provide additional information for students: