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

Students admitted to the JD/MA or MBA/MA are billed at the JD/MBA tuition rates and do not qualify for fellowship funding.

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.

JA/MA, and MBA/MA applicants do not qualify for fellowships. 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)

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
  • If submitted, GRE scores


America 2050 Fellowship

The United States of America is projected to be a "majority-minority" country by the year 2050 or sooner. America's diversity and social mobility are amongst 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 be considered for the fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Apply before the November 1 (Early Notification) or January 7 (Regular Notification) fellowship deadline
  • Received an undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher
  • Received their bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited minority-serving institution in the United States
    Have a documented physical disability and register with GW's Disability Support Services upon enrollment
    Are the first in their family to earn a bachelor's degree

McNair Fellowships

If you were a McNair Fellow in your undergraduate program at another university and were accepted to a graduate program at George Washington, you may receive special consideration for the merit-based award.

  • Master's: $20,000 tuition award

Two awards are available each year and are awarded by the end of April.

Master's recipients are only eligible for tuition awards and may hold the fellowship for two years. It is expected that the fellow's school at GW will award a Graduate Assistantship teaching, research or administration for two additional years.

McNair applicants will also be considered for lesser awards from academic departments or schools at GW. Only incoming master's students are eligible. Students who were not McNair Fellows at their undergraduate institution, students working in a benefited position at GW, and current GW graduate students are not eligible.

You must submit your completed Elliott School school application by January 7 as well as a separate application to the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF).

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:

We encourage you to continue to check the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) website to find new fellowships or updated deadlines.

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

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 Graduate Center Fellowships

Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) (an extensive list of funding opportunities for both domestic/international students.)

Boren Fellowships (Language study abroad)

CAPES (for students from Brazil)

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

CIA Graduate Fellowship Program (For US citizens)

Colfuturo (for students from Colombia)

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.) (Scholarship database)

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program

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 (Tips for finding/applying for fellowships and funding opportunities.)

Institute of Current World Affairs

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

OAS Rowe Fund (for Latin American and Caribbean citizens)

PricenFee Affiliate Marketing Scholarship

ProFellow (Scholarship database)

SERVIR (for students from Peru)

Soros Fellowship for New Americans

South African National Research Foundation

South African FirstRand Bank Laurie Dippenaar Scholarship

Taiwan Scholarship and Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program

The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program

United States Institute of Peace Grants/Fellowships

U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Scholarship

U.S. Department of State Consular Fellows Program

William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship for Minority Students

We the Future Contest

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.

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.

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 current available at GW at


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Office of Graduate Admissions
1957 E Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20052
Phone: (202) 994-7050

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