How to get scholarship for USA: Types of Scholarship and Eligibility Criteria

How to get scholarship for USA: Types of Scholarship and Eligibility Criteria

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Aishwarya Bhatnagar
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Updated on Aug 31, 2023 13:03 IST

The USA is one of the biggest study destinations for international students. With home to the best universities in the world, students look forward to pursuing their higher studies here. However, pursuing higher studies in the USA can be a costly affair for Indian students, so, they look for scholarships to fund their education. Earlier, we discussed popular scholarships to Study in the USA. In this article, we will inform you how to get a scholarship to USA University

how to get scholarship for usa

Planning in advance can help you reduce your costs. You can apply for a number of scholarships offered by US universities and colleges to international students. Some of these scholarships are available for meritorious students while some are granted to students who require financial help for completing their studies. Some US universities give scholarships to students automatically i.e. students get the scholarship if they secure admission.

Check: Top scholarships to Study in the USA for international students.

Harvard University offers scholarships to international students. Illinois State University offers Illinois State University International Awards to international students who secure admission. Many universities offer scholarship programs and international students are eligible to apply to them. However, one needs to fulfil the criteria for securing these scholarships as there is high competition for them. So, candidates need to have a good SAT or ACT score or a strong academic profile to secure these grants. You may also check some of the Stanford University Scholarships for Indian Students here.

Eligibility to get Scholarship to Study in USA

The first and foremost thing is to check the eligibility criteria of the scholarship for which you are going to apply. It can be your academic score, profile, subjects chosen to study, or your study destination. Various scholarships are based on your home country i.e. given to students from a particular region or country. Whereas for some scholarships, candidates need to have proven skills other than academics, it can be in sports or any extracurricular activities. If it is a research-based scholarship then you need to showcase your previous work or assignments. Apart from this, if the grant is provided by the university then do contact the University for any Query regarding the scholarship.

Types of scholarships available

Majorly, there are two kinds of scholarships:

  • Merit-based scholarships
  • Need-based scholarships

Merit-based scholarships are awarded to candidates with excellent academic or extracurricular profiles. Whereas, need-based scholarships are given to candidates who are from weaker sections.

Read more about need-based and merit-based scholarships

Documents required to apply for scholarships to study in the USA

You need a lot of documents to apply for a scholarship. There can be different types of documents for different kinds of grants. However, there are certain documents that you require for applying for every kind of scholarship. Below we have mentioned the list of some of those documents.

Check the amount of money you get from scholarships

The amount of money offered in a scholarship varies between organizations and institutions. Some universities offer a 100% tuition fee waiver while some institutions offer a partial waiver. Similarly, some organizations allow you to spend money on specific things only. Some of the scholarships cover only the tuition fee and living costs while some also include airfare and other expenses.

Popular scholarship programs to study in the USA

Fulbright- Nehru Fellowships

The Fulbright-Nehru Master's Fellowships are designed for outstanding Indians to pursue a master's degree program at select U.S. colleges and universities.

Presidential Scholarship

LTU awards hundreds of competitive scholarships including the Presidential Scholarship to high-achieving freshmen and transfer students each year.

Tata Scholarship

Launched by the Tata Education and Development Trust, a $25 million endowment (Tata scholarship) has been established by the philanthropic affiliate of India’s Tata Group that would allow Cornell University to provide financial aid to undergraduate students from India.

Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is seeking MBA candidates, who are citizens of India and interested in contributing to the country’s human and socio-economic progress, to apply for the Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai MBA Fellowship.

AAUW International Fellowships

American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships were designed to provide Latin American women opportunities to pursue graduate and postgraduate studies in the US.

We suggest you apply early for a scholarship as it will definitely increase your chances of getting it. There is high competition in government-funded scholarships than in university scholarships. Applying ahead of the last dates will give you an edge over others.

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Biftu Umer

a year ago

I can change or not my interested course when I get scholarship from these countries

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Biftu Umer

a year ago

How to I know registering

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Biftu Umer

a year ago

I can change or not my interested course when I get scholarship from these countries