We encourage students to explore the many external funding opportunities that are available as a way to assist you in financing your graduate education. Please explore the sections below to learn more about external scholarships, fellowships, and private loans.

External Scholarships and Fellowships

Many of our students have received additional funding from non-profit organizations and private foundations. Below is a partial list of scholarships previously obtained by our students. Click below to learn more about opportunities available to:

All Students

Harry S. Truman Scholars Program

The Harry S. Truman Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship of $30,000 that is awarded to 55 graduate students who intend to pursue a career in service, like teaching. While there is no minimum GPA requirement, applicants typically have a 3.5 GPA or higher and are active in leadership service positions in their schools or communities. 

Hispanic Scholarship Fund

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund provides awards up to $15,000 (the average award is $2,500) for Hispanic students who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. Awards are based on financial need and merit.

Horatio Alger Scholarship Program

The Horatio Alger Scholarship Program is a competitive scholarship that awards $22,000 to over 100 students annually at the national level and even more at the state level. Students who have overcome obstacles and want to give back to their communities through professions like teaching are encouraged to apply. 

Thurgood Marshall College Fund

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund award supports students attending an HBCU who are interested in pursuing a service-oriented career, like education. Awards vary and can go up to $6,000.

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships

Every year, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans support thirty new Americans, immigrants, or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. Applications open in mid-April, for the following academic year, and are due on November 1st. 

Rotary Grants

The Rotary Foundation funds districts and global grants for active Rotary club members. 

Prospective Teachers

Hollyhock Fellowship

The Hollyhock Fellowship Program supports highly-motivated, early-career high school teachers to persist and thrive in the classroom by providing them with rich learning opportunities with colleagues nationwide and mentorship. 

James Madison Graduate Fellowship

The James Madison Graduate Fellowship is a competitive award of $24,000 that supports students who plan to teach the American Constitution at the high school level. This is ideal for graduate students pursuing a master's degree with a concentration in American history or government. 

Knowles Teacher Initiative

The Knowles Teacher Initiative is a highly competitive fellowship opportunity aimed at transforming math and science education in the U.S. Fellows form a national network of collaborative, innovative leaders dedicated to improving education for all students. 

Urban Teaching Apprenticeship (UTAP) Applicants

School District of Philadelphia Residency

In partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, the Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program offers additional support and mentorship for STEM teachers who are both members of the UTAP 7-12 science or math cohort and have been admitted to the School District of Philadelphia Residency.

Weiss Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

The Weiss Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics—into teaching in high-need Pennsylvania secondary schools. This Fellowship opportunity is open to students in Penn GSE’s Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program.

International Education Development (IEDP)
Applicants

Penn-UNESCO Fellowships for Developing Country Scholars

Students accepted into the International Educational Development Program (IEDP) may apply to receive one of two full-tuition international fellowships under the Penn GSE–UNESCO Chair, founded in 2012. This fellowship, under the auspices of the International Educational Development Program, is the first of its kind in the U.S. and is designed to support promising professionals devoted to international education in the developing world.

Coverdell Fellowship

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, offered by Penn GSE’s International Educational Development Program. This graduate fellowship program recognizes RPCVs and is a way to extend one’s relationship with the Peace Corps while a student at Penn.

External Scholarships for International Students

All master's degree candidates, regardless of citizenship, are automatically considered for Penn GSE merit-based scholarships, Dean's Scholarships, and assistantships. Likewise, all domestic and international doctoral candidates are considered for Dean's Fellowships and Apprenticeships. Read below for more information on outside scholarships and fellowships available to international students.

Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme

The Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Programme provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant: 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for master's level courses.

American Association for University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships

AAUW International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Scholarships can be up to $18,000 USD.

Becas Don Carlos Antonio Lopez Scholarship Program (Paraguayan citizens only)

The Carlos Antonio Lopez Scholarship Program for the Strengthening of Research, Innovation, and Education (CAL Program) is administered by the Ministry of Finance of Paraguay on behalf of the Carlos Antonio Lopez Scholarship Office. This scholarship can cover up to $90,000 of the total cost of a master’s program. 

Inlaks Scholarship (Indian citizens only)

Inlaks Scholarships provide the opportunity to young people with exceptional talent in any field to broaden their vision abroad and improve their skills to operate in society, thus making them a future vehicle of change in their environment. The Inlasks Scholarship is open to all Indian citizens who are residents of India at the time of application. Applicants must receive an offer of admission from eligible university, prior to applying to the Inlaks Scholarship. 

Margaret McNamara Education Grants

Margaret McNamara Education Grants are awarded on a competitive basis to exceptional women from eligible developing countries who have financial need and are committed to working to empower women and children. Applications are made online at the MMEG website during periods indicated for each program cycle (U.S./Canada, South Africa and Latin America).

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships

Every year, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans support thirty new Americans, immigrants, or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Each Fellowship supports one to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support, as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for one to two years. Applications open in mid-April, for the following academic year, and are due on November 1st. 

P.E.O. International Peace Scholarships

The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from non-U.S. 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. Scholarships can be up to $12,500 USD.

Private Loans

These are educational loans from private sources that require the borrower to demonstrate a satisfactory financial credit history. Apply for private loans directly via the website of the lender you choose. International students might qualify for private loans if they (or a cosigner) have 3 or more years of U.S. credit.