International students may apply for and receive merit awards and scholarships from AU and other organizations to help finance their studies. The information below is intended as a resource for international students as they plan for financing their study at AU.
F-1 and J-1 students are not eligible for loans from the U.S. federal government.
Merit Awards for International 1st-Year 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.
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.
Fellowships & 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.
The following organizations are not endorsed or recommended by American University and the university does not monitor the content of these sites.
- Your Embassy in Washington, DC: Either for scholarship funds or information on resources for funding
- Visit an Education USA advising center in your country
- Education USA Find Financial Aid
- International Student Organization
- Institute of International Education (IIE)
- International Student Loan
- Peterson’s Education Center
- Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund (loans)
- The Africa-America Institute
- After School Africa
- The College Board
- The Foundation Center
- American Association for University Women
- American Scandinavian Foundation
- Asian Cultural Council
- Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF)
- Fulbright Program
- Josephine de Kármán Fellowship Trust
- King Faisal Foundation