Candid does not give grants/donations, suggest specific funders, or approach them on your behalf. More about Candid’s mission. Please refer to the tips and websites in this article.

If you have not already done so, we suggest that you start your search with a visit to your college or university's financial aid office, as it may be able to connect you with resources that specifically target non-U.S. residents.

Also, ask about scholarships from other organizations in your personal and professional networks, for example:

  • Government agencies (education, arts and culture, health, etc.) in your country that award scholarships
  • Department office for your academic program
  • Local or regional alumni clubs
  • Community or civic organizations, such as Rotary International
  • Religious organizations
  • Businesses or corporations that employ you, your parents, or your spouse

Most U.S. foundation scholarships go to U.S. citizens and residents and not to international students. However, Grants to Individuals, our searchable database of grantmakers that give to individuals, lists more than 100 funders who give grants to foreign applicants for a variety of purposes.

If you use this database, try this setup:

  • Geographic Focus = names of your country or continent
  • Type of Support = Scholarships or Awards OR Undergraduate OR... (view the index to discover new characters)
  • Field of Interest = words/phrases that describe yourself and your personal, study, and career interests

To search from your own device/location, subscribe at our website. You (or friends who can help with your research) also can use it for free our Candid partner locations.

You can also explore scholarship sites and directories, like The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2024, which you can borrow for free from our Overdrive eBook collection. If the 2024 edition is unavailable, we also have previous editions of The Ultimate Scholarship Book to borrow.

To start learning now about getting foundation grants, watch our free recorded webinar, Finding Foundation Support for Your Education.

Worksheets to help students prepare applications and essays are at the Individual Grantseekers area of our website.

The Institute of International Education provides information about international education and training programs, including Fulbright scholarships.



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