Internet Search Suggestions
Searching on the web can be overwhelming and discouraging. Just remember that funding can be found, be patient.
Running searches on major search engines can be successful, both in finding grants and scholarships and in linking to other search engines designed specifically for finding aid. Google and Yahoo, are good search engines but additional search engines are available as well. Many search engines provide options for searching in different languages. You may try running a search in your own native language on scholarships for students from your region.
Useful keywords include: “grant,” “scholarship,” “international student,” “non-US citizen,” “foundation,” [your country of origin], [your field, e.g., ecology]. The word “fellowship” can sometimes give good results, but more often it brings up Christian-focused sites. Be sure to include words that indicate any other specifics about you or your interests that might interest certain organizations, e.g., “Muslim,” or “women’s issues” or “peace and reconciliation.”
Searches can bring up general information, scholarships specific to your needs, or schools that cater to your specific situation.
Here is a sample query run on Google for “international student scholarship business.” Click on the link to see the results.
As you will notice, many of the scholarships are school-specific. This is fairly common in general web searches. You will also find several sites with lists of aid sources here. As in most web searches, the bulk of your work will be sifting through all the information.
Say, for instance, that you are a student interested in environmental studies. You run a search on Yahoo using the keywords “international,” “scholarship,” and “environmental.” Here are the results.
Most of the funding here is school-specific, which may still be useful to you if you have not decided on a school. But click on the Enviroeducation link. You will see an article from the Environmental Education Directory providing advice on “applying for financial aid with an environmental focus.” You can also click on the numerous links for specific environmental scholarships, many of which are available to international students. Moreover, if you go to the “Financial Aid” section of the website, you will find even more funding opportunities and advice. In the long run, this website will probably be more useful to you than any search for a specific scholarship.
You will have to do some research to find out if you meet all the eligibility requirements, but the description looks promising.
If you are an IU student, experiment with the search engines on the Grad Grants website. You can choose search parameters that match your specific situation, and narrow your search considerably. Each of the three Grad Grants engines is a little different; take a few hours to play around and get familiar with them.
If you do not attend IU, you might think about submitting your profile to one of the scholarship searches on the web, such as the Scholarship Experts or Fastweb. Fastweb is a scholarship search engine; you will need to create a profile with them before you can start searching, but it is free. The service tries to match students with appropriate scholarships. Another site found at collegeApps is organized by region and category. Click on “Financial Aid” on the left-hand side for some general information and links. Check out other universities’ websites for scholarships, too; many carry lists of funding opportunities for international students.