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Financing Your Graduate Education

SIS Graduate Fellowships and Scholarships

Outstanding incoming students are eligible to receive a variety of awards. Visit the SIS Fellowships page or the SIS Scholarships page to learn more.

SIS Graduate Grants

Current SIS students can apply for Study Abroad Grants.

University-Wide Graduate Awards

For information on AU-administered graduate awards for both incoming and current graduate students, visit the AU Graduate Scholarships page.

SIS Partnerships

SIS has many partnerships with external organizations designed to help support incoming and current graduate students fund their studies. Visit the SIS Partnerships page to learn more.

Need-Based Aid

Need-based aid is administered through the University's Central Office of Financial Aid. At the graduate level, it generally takes the form of a federal low-interest loan package with a work-study option. Both part-time and full-time students may apply for need-based assistance. The FAFSA code for American University is 001434.

Additional Resources

International Students

There are award opportunities available specifically for international students at SIS.  An updated cost guide for international students can be found here. For more information you can also visit the International Student Resources page.

Current Fellowship Recipients

SIS current students who have received fellowships should view this PDF to learn more about payment guidelines, tax implications, etc.

AU Office of Merit Awards

Current SIS students interested in national fellowship and grant applications should work with the AU Office of Merit Awards.

Tuition and Fees

Information on current tuition and fees can be found here.

An updated cost guide for international students can be found here.

For information on fees for the CIDP program, please click here.

Going Abroad

Larke Williams, SIS/MA '09, left, with friends in China.

Larke Williams, a Boren Fellow, is the first AU student to attend the China Studies Institute in Beijing, China.

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Awards Abound

From left: Boren winners Malina Keutel, Amber Jolla, Grant Livingston, Monica Sok, Amanda Osborn

The 2009 - 2010 year had more scholarship and award winners than ever before, from across the schools of American University.

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Learning a Language

Arabic came easily to Lauren Barr, who studied in Egypt thanks to the Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. State Department

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