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Scholarships for International Students

Jack Kent Cooke-graduate funding for students with financial need

Echoing Green Fellowship Program – funds two year start-up public service program

Ford Foundation International Scholarships - funding for international students to pursue advanced studies

Gates Cambridge-1-4 years of graduate study at Cambridge

Huntington Public Service Award – one year public service activity anywhere internationally 

Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust - graduate funding in the humanities

University of Maryland's National Scholarships Office - comprehensive listing of scholarships for international students

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund  - award for campus activists with financial need

Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose - funding for pursuit of a goal that will strengthen civil society

Jack Kent Cooke

The Jack Kent Cooke grants around 75 awards of up to $50,000 to outstanding graduating seniors and recent graduates to fund graduate school. The award covers a portion of educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, and various academic fees. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree by the start of their program, and have at least a 3.5 GPA. Candidates should also demonstrate strong leadership abilities and financial need.

The national deadline is March 15th and the campus deadline in February 16th for UH candidates. Students may not apply to this scholarship directly. Institutional endorsement is required. For more information, consult or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Ford Foundation

The Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program (IFP) was launched by the Ford Foundation in 2000 to provide opportunities for advanced study to exceptional individuals who will use this education to become leaders in their respective fields, furthering development in their own countries and greater economic and social justice worldwide. The foundation collaborates closely with partner organizations in 22 countries and territories. Candidates should demonstrate academic excellence, commitment to making a difference in their community, show evidence of strong leadership abilities, and have a bachelor's degree by the start of the program. Ford Foundation International Fellowships Program applicants must be resident nationals or residents of an eligible IFP country or territory (visit website for details).

For more information, consult or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Gates Cambridge

The Gates Cambridge funds expenses for studying at Cambridge for 1-4 years. Applicants must demonstrate academic excellence, a commitment to public service, and should articulate a strong rationale for why studying at Cambridge is pertinent to their academic and career goals. Applicants are usually under 30 years of age, must be admitted to Cambridge, and should have attained their bachelor's degree before the beginning of their graduate program. There is no citizenship requirement for this award.

The national deadline is November 1 of each year, but there may be a campus deadline in May for UH students. For information, consult the website or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Echoing Green Fellowship Program

Echoing Green awards two-year individual fellowships of $30,000 each year, and two-year partnership fellowships of $45,000 each year to applicants with innovative problem-solving strategies toward tackling what may seem to be insurmountable challenges. The Echoing Green fellowships offer individuals the opportunity to develop and explore and their ideas and methods.

Echoing Green works with the fellows from the outset in developing their programs, determining projected outcomes and implementing measurement tools. All projects must be in the beginning stages at the start of the fellowship program, and all participants must agree to work full-time on the project’s development.  Echoing Green is committed to tackling the difficult question "how are we making a difference" and insuring accountability at all levels, including accountability to the communities that the fellows serve.  There is no citizenship for this award, but recipients must be authorized to work in the U.S. if their project is based in the U.S.  The application deadline is December 1st of each year.  For more information on the program and to apply online, visit the Echoing Green website at

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides an annual stipend of $10,000 for one graduating college senior to pursue a particular public service activity anywhere in the world for up to one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

Applicants must be graduating senior students to apply, and there is no citizenship requirement for this award.  Candidates must develop a proposal for a public service venture in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. The deadline for the award is in the middle of February of each year.  Visit the website for more information and to apply online,

Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust

The Josephine De Kármán Fellowship Trust was established in 1954 by the late Dr. Theodore von Kármán, in memory of his sister, Josephine, who passed away in 1951. A minimum of 10 fellowships, $8,000 for undergraduate students and $16,000 for graduate students, will be awarded for one academic year.

This scholarship is for graduating seniors and doctoral candidates demonstrating academic excellence and a clearly articulated plan for their academic future. Preference will be given to applicants in the humanities. The purpose of this fellowship program is to recognize and assist students whose scholastic achievements reflect Professor von Kármán's, a world- renowned aeronautics expert and teacher and first director of the Guggenheim Aeronautical Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, high standards. This award is open to foreign students currently studying in the U.S.

The deadline for the Josephine de Kármán Fellowship is at the end of January of each year. For more information, consult or contact the Office of Undergraduate Research.

Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund 

The Davis-Putter Scholarship Fund grants 25-30 awards of up to $8000 annually to student activists on campus. Since 1961, the Davis-Putter Fund has provided need-based grants to undergraduate and graduate students involved in building progressive movements for social and economic justice and peace.

There is no citizenship requirement for this award, but applicants must live in the United States while pursuing their degree.

The deadline for the Davis-Putter is April 1st.  Grants are for one-year duration, but past recipients may reapply to the scholarship program. For more information on the award and the application process, please visit the Davis-Putter website at

William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose

The Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) established the William E. Simon Fellowship for Noble Purpose program to recognize graduating college seniors who are pursuing lives dedicated to honor, generosity, service and respect, and to honor Simon’s lifetime of active public service.  The John Templeton foundation awards three Fellowships for Noble Purpose: the top award is for $40,000, and the two additional fellowships are for $5,000 each.

Applicants must be graduating seniors who have demonstrated passion, dedication, a high capacity for self-direction, and originality in pursuit of a goal that will strengthen civil society. In addition to the candidates’ mature conception of and passion for what they hope to accomplish, nominees for the prize will be evaluated on the basis of their academic record and extracurricular activities.

The deadline is February 15th of each year.  For more information on this fellowship and other fellowships offered by ISI, visit

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