All about the funds to change the future
When it comes to seeking education abroad, the U.S. always makes the top of the list. Whether it is the courses that the universities offer or their practical approach to education, the U.S. has so much to offer. Of course, the beautiful locations in the U.S. are just some extra cherries on the cake but who can ignore that right? However, it is no secret that the U.S. is one of the wealthiest nations in which pursuing higher education may sometimes feel like building a whole city in a day, especially for international students. However, with the inclusion of more diversity inside the large classrooms, the government has asked the universities to make their policies more flexible in support of the education of international students. Now, there are hundreds of opportunities to gain funding for higher studies there. The U.S. government is compassionate towards the needs of their international students, so they try to make the hubs of educational practices in the universities more heterogeneous and inclusive by providing them with funds in the form of scholarships. Two prestigious Government-funded scholarships are-
- Fullbright Foreign Student Program- The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals and artists, from all around the world to study and conduct research in the United States. The Fulbright Foreign Student Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide. Approximately 4,000 international students receive Fulbright scholarships each year. Binational Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or U.S. Embassies administers the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.
- Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program- This is a non-degree scholarship program for international, experienced professionals wishing to undertake ten months of academic study in the U.S. Although the funding does not support degree qualifications, students can study and develop their knowledge at academic institutions across the nation. They are taught with the same sincerity and dedication like any other student pursuing a degree.
Apart from the Government-funded scholarships, various organisations fund scholarships for international students as well. Some of them are-
- The Joint Japan World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program- It provides full scholarships to students from World Bank member countries to pursue development-related studies at selected Universities around the world. Students can choose to study in 8 participating USA universities, including Harvard University, John Hopkins University, University of Chicago, Cornell University, and Columbia University.
- AAUW Fellowship Programs-(formerly known as the American Association of University Women) awards international fellowships for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The scholarships are worth $18,000 for Masters, $20,000 for PhD and $30,000 for Postdoctoral students.
- Aga Khan Foundation International Scholarship Program- The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from selected developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies. The studies can be undertaken anywhere in the world, including the U.S. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant: 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year.
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