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Fellowships

SIS fellowships are available to students with outstanding academic achievements and are offered at the time of admission. These fellowships can be a combination of tuition remission, stipend, and/or research assistantship awards. The fellowships are awarded based on the same factors that influence the admissions process. These awards are highly competitive - approximately 15-20% of admitted students are offered merit-based fellowships. There is no separate application for the fellowships - all students whose application materials are received by the SIS Graduate Admissions Office by the program application deadline are automatically considered for funding. 

Examples of SIS awards and fellowships include:


SIS Dean's Fellowship (PhD students only)

This award is offered for up to 4 years to admitted PhD students. It includes full tuition remission, a $19,200 stipend (during the academic year), and the opportunity to work with an SIS faculty member.

SIS Graduate Assistantship Award

This award, open to all eligible incoming master's students, usually includes 18 credits of tuition remission per academic year (9 credits per semester), a monthly stipend (during the academic year), and the opportunity to work with an SIS faculty member. 

SIS Dean’s Scholar Award

The dean's award is open to all incoming students and provides partial tuition remission. Award amount varies.

Hall of Nations Award

This award is designed for incoming international students who do not have U.S. permanent residency or citizenship status. This award typically includes 18 credits of tuition remission per academic year, a monthly stipend (during the academic year), and the opportunity to work with an SIS faculty member.

Special Opportunity Awards

This award is designed for incoming US-born students of color and usually offers 18 credits of tuition remission per academic year, a monthly stipend (during the academic year), and the opportunity to work with an SIS faculty member.

SIS Alumni Award

This award provides a two-thirds to full tuition scholarship to at least one American University alumnus/na yearly.

Partnerships

SIS has funding partnerships with the following organizations for individuals that meet the criteria specified. Please contact the partner organizations for additional information.

AmeriCorps Education Award Matching Program

As a part of this partnership,current AmeriCorps volunteers and alumni who are admitted to one of SIS's graduate degree programs in international affairs will receive a guaranteed minimum scholarship award equal to one academic credit and up to a maximum of 18 credits for highly qualified applicants. In addition, the admissions application fee is also waived for current volunteers and alumni.

Charles B. Rangel Fellowship

SIS offers bridging funds to all recipients of the Charles Rangel Fellowship. For more information on the Rangel fellowship, please visit: http://www.rangelprogram.org/

Colfurturo

SIS provides a scholarship of 50% tuition to qualified SIS graduate students who are selected as beneficiaries of COLFUTURO. For more information on Colfurturo, please visit: http://www.colfuturo.org

Fulbright Fellowship

SIS works closely with IIE and Fulbright officers from around the world and may offer matching funds to eligible Fulbright Fellows. For more information on the Fulbright program, please visit: http://fulbright.state.gov/

IIE-Jusoor

Part of the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis, SIS works with IIE and Jusoor to provide emergency funding support to Syrian students who qualify for admission to a graduate degree program at SIS. Selected candidate(s) will receive up to 9 credits a semester or 18 credits a year from SIS. Additional funding from Jusoor may be available. Click here to read about SIS programs and admissions requirements.

Institute for International and Public Policy (IIPP)

SIS offers a generous in-kind fellowship to all incoming eligible participants in the undergraduate IIPP program. IIPP fellows have their application fees waived. For more information on the undergraduate IIPP program, please visit: http://www.uncfsp.org/spknowledge/default.aspx?page=program.view&areaid=2&contentid=174&typeid=iipp

LanguageCorps

LanguageCorps teachers and alumni who are admitted to one of SIS's graduate degree programs in international affairs will receive a guaranteed minimum scholarship award equal to one academic credit and up to a maximum of 18 credits for highly qualified applicants. In addition, the admissions application fee is also waived for current Corps teachers and alumni.

McNair Fellows

SIS offers at least one fellowship yearly to newly admitted graduate students who were participants in the McNair program as undergraduates. McNair Fellows also have their application fees waived. For more information on the McNair program, please visit http://mcnairscholars.com/

Organization of American States (OAS) Fellowship

SIS provides tuition assistance to qualified OAS funding recipients admitted to an SIS graduate program. For more information on the OAS scholarships and loans, please visit: http://www.educoas.org/

Peace Corps - Master’s International Program

SIS is a proud participant in the Peace Corps Master’s International program. Master’s International participants jointly pursue graduate school and Peace Corps service. All RPCVs are offered application fee waivers. For more information on this program, please visit: http://www.american.edu/sis/admissions/PeaceCorps.cfm

Pickering Fellowship

SIS offers a generous in-kind fellowship to all incoming eligible participants in the undergraduate Pickering program. Pickering fellows do not need to pay the application fee. For more information on the Pickering Fellowship programs, please visit: http://www.woodrow.org/

Public Policy in International Affairs (PPIA)

SIS offers two-thirds to full tuition scholarships to newly admitted PPIA fellows. Application fee waivers are also available. For more information on the undergraduate PPIA program, please visit: http://www.ppiaprogram.org/

Teach for China

This exciting new partnership between SIS and Teach for China offers TFC alumni application fee waivers and the opportunity to be considered for SIS funding. Every year, up to five admitted TFC alumni will be offered an SIS scholarship and the opportunity to complete a service project with an SIS partner organization. For more information on Teach for China, please visit: http://www.tfchina.org/.

Yellow Ribbon Program

SIS supports American University’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon program for eligible veterans. Veterans do not have to pay the application fee to SIS graduate programs. For more information please visit AU's Yellow Ribbon website.

 

Additional Funding Resources

 

Internal funding resources and opportunities

External funding resources and opportunities

Tuition and Fees

Graduate and non-degree students are charged tuition on a per credit hour basis. For the 2014-15 academic year, tuition is $1,482 per credit. SIS program fees (per semester) are $750 (full-time students) or $500 (part-time students). Full-time enrollment is defined as 9 or more credit hours per semester. Tuition is subject to increase on an annual basis. For more information, visit AU Tuition and Fee website.

About Merit-Based Aid

Visit the Office of Merit Awards' National Scholarship Directory and full listing for more information on fellowships, scholarships, and awards.

About 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.


International Students and I-20 Requirements

International students are required to demonstrate the ability to meet a certain level of financial obligation. For more information and a detailed cost guide, visit the AU International Student and Scholar Services website.