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International Student & Scholar Services


  • Int'l Student / Scholar Svcs
    Fax: 202-885-3354
    Butler Pavilion, Room 410

    ISSS office walk-in advising hours: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuesdays: 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.

    Bakar, Senem S
    Director, International Student & Scholar Services

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Scholarships for International Students


Merit Awards for International First-Year (Freshman) Students:

No separate application form or process is required to be considered for AU merit scholarships. A separate application is required only for the AU Emerging Global Leader Scholarship.

American University’s merit awards for international students are partial, not full, scholarships. They are awarded based on a combination of outstanding academic achievement, excellent communication skills in English, leadership, volunteerism, and community service. Merit award consideration is highly competitive and the number of scholarships available is limited. All American University merit awards are awarded at the time of admission, and not after enrollment. These funds are renewable for all four years of study based on successful continued academic performance.

No need-based financial aid is available to international students (non-U.S. citizens).

Please see the following for additional information:


American University is committed to quality graduate education that is responsive to the needs of students, disciplines, the university and the larger community. Our goals are to provide a high quality educational experience for our students and to offer graduate support that assists students in completing their programs of study. Talented international master's and doctoral students may qualify for Graduate Merit Awards through their departments. These awards offer waivers ranging from twelve credits to full tuition each year. Stipends may also be available. Applicants should check directly with departments for further information. The University has established two general categories of awards to assist graduate students: Graduate Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships.

How to apply:

All graduate school applicants can indicate their interest for Merit Assistance when they apply to one of the graduate programs. Currently enrolled graduate students must complete the “Application for Graduate Financial Awards for Currently Enrolled Student,” which is available in the Admissions Office of each graduate school.

When to apply:

The priority deadline for university-wide merit awards is February 1 for fall applicants. Some academic departments continue to consider merit award applicants until late Spring, however applicants are encouraged to apply by February 1.


American University offers the American Payment Plan (APP) to all students as an alternative to paying your bill in full at the start of each term. The plan splits your Fall or Spring semester balance into convenient monthly payments, with no interest charged. By budgeting ahead for the upcoming term's charges, you may be able to reduce the amount of loans needed for the school year.. Please contact the Student Accounts office for more information.

Please note that only citizens of the United States and permanent residents are eligible to apply for the U.S. government's need-based financial aid (requiring a FAFSA application form). Please see the AU Financial Aid website if you think you qualify.


American University Career Center (Butler Pavilion, 5th floor) Resource Library

In addition to information on employment and internship opportunities, the Career Center has limited resources available for graduate funding opportunites. Some of the guides available in the Careeer Center include:

  • Corporate tuition aid program
  • Financing graduate school
  • Grants for graduate study
  • Peterson’s guide to graduate programs

For more information about the resources and services available, please call the Career Center at 202-885-1821.

American University Office of Merit Awards

The Office of Merit Awards is located at American University’s Career Center. The Office of Merit Awards prepares current American University students to compete for nationally competitive, merit-based scholarships and awards. They publicize major opportunities, select the university’s nominees, and provide intensive training to candidates. Although they are not a scholarship-finding service, they do maintain resources for students to research smaller or specialized merit-based grants not widely advertised to the university community. Among these resources is a scholarship database, the Merit Awards Listings. The Office of Merit Awards warmly encourages students who identify their own scholarship possibilities to request our help in developing their application essays.


Please be aware that the following organizations are not endorsed or recommended by American University, and that the university does not monitor the content of these sites.

o Your Embassy in Washington D.C.: Either for scholarship funds or information on resources for funding
o Education USA advising center in your country
o International Student Organization
o Institution of International Education (IIE)
o International Student Organization
o International Student Loan

o Financial Aid from US Department of Education
o Peterson’s Education Center
o The National Association of Financial Aid Administrators
oOrganization of American States Scholarships and Leo S. Rowe Panamerican Fund (loans)
o Phelps-Stokes Fund

o Scholarships for undocumented students

o The Africa-America Institute
o The National Science Foundation
o The College Board Online
o The Foundation Center

o A. Patrick Charnon Scholarship
o American Association for University Women- International Fellowships
American Scandinavian Foundation
o Asian Cultural Council
o Credila: India Based Student Loan Lender
o Edmund S. Muskie Eurasia Fellowship
o Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF)
o Eurasian Undergraduate Exchange Program (UGRAD)
o Fulbright Program
o Josephine de Kármán Fellowship Trust
o King Faisal Foundation
o Microsoft Scholarships
o Caribbean Students Scholarship Fund, Inc. (for US citizen or PR)