Funding Graduate Studies
There are many avenues through which our graduate students can find assistance in funding their education. Information about opportunities offered by the Elliott School is available through our Office of Graduate Admissions. You can also find details about loans, federal financial aid, and federal work-study through the GW Office of Financial Aid. Be sure to start your search for funding early and check often for new opportunities.
For planning purposes, you can use the Cost Of Attendance worksheet (Excel Spreadsheet) offered by the GW Office of Financial Aid to create an estimated cost of attendance based on a specific loan period, tuition rate, and campus of attendance.
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions by phone at (202)- 994-7050 or email at [email protected]. You can find information on Elliott School Graduate Tuition and Fees here.
Please note that applicants to the JD/MA or MBA/MA will not be considered for Elliott School fellowships, but may be considered for funding from the Law School or Business School respectively. Please contact the Law School or Business School for information on funding opportunities.
- Elliott School Fellowships
Graduate Admissions Fellowships
The Elliott School offers a number of highly competitive merit-based tuition awards to incoming full-time Master of Arts and Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) candidates.
Please note that applicants to the JD/MA or MBA/MA will not be considered for Elliott School fellowships, but may be considered for funding from the Law School or Business School respectively. Please contact the Law School or Business School for information on funding opportunities. Graduate Certificate applicants do not qualify for fellowships or federal loan assistance.
A majority of our awards are partial tuition awards so students are encouraged to explore all funding resources.
All of our applicants will automatically be considered for fellowships if received by:
- November 1: Fall applications, Early Notification (August start)
- January 7: Fall applications (August start)
- October 1: Spring applications (January start)
Applicants who submit after the fellowship deadline may be considered for fellowships based on availability.
Factors considered in the fellowship selection process include:
- Academic achievement
- Work experience
- Language skills
- Preparation in relevant areas
- Academic interests
- A demonstrated ability to excel in a rigorous graduate program
America 2050 Fellowship
America's diversity and social mobility are among its greatest assets in engaging the rest of the world. It is imperative, therefore, that the foreign affairs establishment of the United States reflects the diversity of America. The Elliott School of International Affairs intends to be a leader in this effort by offering the America 2050 Fellowship to provide funding to students who have been historically underserved.
To be considered for the fellowship, applicants must meet the following four criteria:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Apply before the October 1 (Spring), November 1 (Fall Early Notification), or January 7 (Fall Regular Notification) fellowship deadline
- Received an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
- At least one of the following:
- Received their bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited minority-serving institution in the United States OR
- Have a documented physical disability and register with GW's Disability Support Services upon enrollment OR
- Are the first in their family to earn a bachelor's degree
- GW Fellowships
Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships
GW's Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) offers many additional opportunities Elliott School applicants can utilize to offset the cost of tuition. Many applications require additional application materials to be submitted by varying dates, so please review all of this information through the office's website.
Some of the most common fellowships applicable to Elliott School applicants are listed below:
Grad2Grad - for GW undergraduate students applying to a GW graduate program
We encourage you to continue to check the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) website to find new fellowships or updated deadlines.
- Additional Funding Opportunities
Funding opportunities are also available to current Elliott School students through research centers, Graduate Student Services, and several external organizations.
Neither The Elliott School of International Affairs nor The George Washington University endorses any of these fellowships. Applicants are responsible for finding funding should apply only after reading the terms and conditions along with each fellowship/scholarship opportunity.
Third-Party Funding Opportunities
- Access Scholarships Search Engine
- Affordable Colleges Online, Scholarships for Black Students
- American Association of University Women Education Funding and Awards (various opportunities for both domestic/international students)
- American Indian College Fund
- American Indian Graduate Center
- American Indian Higher Education Consortium
- Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) (an extensive list of funding opportunities for both domestic/international students.)
- Behan Law Group Military Veteran Scholarship (for U.S. military veterans, current service members and children of U.S. military veterans/current service members)
- Best Colleges Scholarships for Native American Students
- Boren Fellowships (Language study abroad)
- Bureau of Indian Education
- CAPES (for students from Brazil)
- Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program
- CIA Graduate Fellowship Program (For US citizens)
- Colfuturo (for students from Colombia)
- Cosmos Club Foundation Scholars
- Council on Foreign Relations Fellowships
- Critical Language Scholarship Program (Language study abroad)
- CSN (for students from Sweden)
- DACOR Bacon House Foundation Fellowships
- Donald M. Payne International Development Fellowship
- Don't Text and Drive Scholarship
- Education USA Centers (Many of these centers are familiar with in-country scholarship funds you may be eligible to receive.)
- Employer benefits (Be sure to check with your HR personnel to see if your organization offers any tuition benefits.)
- Fastweb.com (Scholarship database)
- Frederic Bastiat Fellowship
- Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program
- Foreign Agricultural Service Diversity Fellowship Program (for U.S. citizens interested in joining the Foreign Agricultural Service)
- Foundation Center (Includes resources on finding foundation support for financing education.)
- Fulbright Foreign Student Program (For international students)
- FUNED (for students from Mexico)
- GW Academic Commons Fellowship Search
- Hispanic Scholarship Fund
- Idealist.org (Tips for finding/applying for fellowships and funding opportunities.)
- IELTS USA Andrea Scott International Graduate Student Scholarship (for international students)
- Institute of Current World Affairs
- International Atomic Energy Agency Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Program (for women pursuing a program related nuclear security and non-proliferation)
- International Student House assistance application (domestic and international student housing opportunity)
- Islamic Scholarship Fund
- Lanekassen (for students from Norway)
- Legacy Award for Victims of Pan Am 103
- Middlebury Language Schools Davis Fellows for Peace
- National Indian Education Association
- National Military Intelligence Foundation Merit Scholarship
- OAS Rowe Fund (for Latin American and Caribbean citizens)
- OnlineU College Guide For Minority Student Scholarships
- PricenFee Affiliate Marketing Scholarship
- Scholarships.com (Scholarship database)
- Soros Fellowship for New Americans
- South African National Research Foundation
- South African FirstRand Bank Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship
- Stonewall Community Foundation Scholarships (for students who identify as LGBTQ+)
- Taiwan Scholarship and Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program
- The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
- U.S.-ASEAN Business Council Myanmar Scholarship (for citizens of Myanmar residing in the U.S.)
- United States Institute of Peace Grants/Fellowships
- U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Scholarship
- U.S. Department of State Consular Fellows Program
- We the Future Contest
- William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students
- Women in Defense Scholar Program
- Military & Veterans
Active-duty personnel, veterans or dependents of veterans may be entitled to varying educational benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense. To be eligible, veterans must have completed at least one year of active service in the U.S. Armed Forces unless discharged under honorable conditions for medical reasons.
George Washington University is proud to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. For more information please visit the Office of Military and Veteran Student Services.
- Loans, Student Assistance, and Loan Forgiveness
A number of federal and private loan funds provide graduate loans based on either financial need or creditworthiness. All loans must be repaid, but some loans allow you to defer payment while you are enrolled in school. GW's Office of Student Financial Assistance has complete information on these sources of aid.
For planning purposes, you can use the Cost Of Attendance worksheet (Excel Spreadsheet) offered by the GW Office of Financial Aid to create an estimated cost of attendance based on a specific loan period, tuition rate, and campus of attendance. You can find information on Elliott School Graduate Tuition and Fees here.
GW also provides detailed procedures for applying for student loans and federal financial aid.
Additionally, GW graduate students can apply for Federal Work Study. In order to qualify for Federal Work Study, students must:
- Complete the FAFSA and accept the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan offered to them
- Demonstrate a need of at least $5,000
Please note that graduate certificate applicants are not eligible for fellowship or federal loan assistance.
If you are employed by a U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government or not-for-profit organization, you might be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. More information is available on the Federal Student Aid website.
- Employment at the George Washington University
Full-time and some part-time employees at the George Washington University receive tuition remission. Students who work at GW may use these tuition benefits to greatly reduce the cost of their Elliott School graduate program.
We encourage you to explore all of the employment opportunities currently available at GW at gwu.jobs.