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.

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.

Graduate Admissions Fellowships 

The Elliott School offers a number of highly competitive merit-based tuition awards to entering, full-time Master of Arts and Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) candidates. Graduate Certificates 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 fall applications received by January 7th will automatically be considered for fellowships. All spring applications received by October 1st will automatically be considered for fellowships.

Factors considered in the fellowship selection process include:

  • academic achievement
  • scores on the Graduate Record Examination
  • work experience
  • language skills
  • preparation in relevant areas
  • academic interests
  • a demonstrated ability to excel in a rigorous graduate program

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 American 2050 Fellowship.

To be considered for the fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Apply before the January 7th 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

Additional Opportunities

Many centers and institutes at the Elliott School offer additional funding opportunities available to graduate students. 

AmeriCorps Matching Award

To be eligible for the AmeriCorps Matching Award, you must be a current or incoming graduate student at the George Washington University. You must submit your completed AmeriCorps application to the Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships (OGSAF) before the start of the semester you are applying for matching funds. Applications that do not contain supporting documentation of AmeriCorps funds and payment request information will not be considered.

OSGAF can only match AmeriCorps funds that do not exceed tuition need. Matching awards do not cover fees.

AmeriCorps releases their tuition payments in two matching transactions during the semester. OSGAF can only match funds that have posted to your student account. It is your responsibility to contact OGSAF when the AmeriCorps award is on your student account so that we may process your matching award. AmeriCorps distributes their awards independent of GW's academic calendar. It is therefore your responsibility to make sure that your account is not delinquent.

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Global Funding Initiative

To further diversify GW's graduate student body and enable in-depth learning that spans the globe, The Global Funding Initiative offers master's program applicants from Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Turkey up to $20,000 in tuition coverage per academic year at GW. It is available on a limited and competitive basis and cannot be combined with other funding offers from GW.

To qualify for the Global Funding Initiative, you must:

  • Be a citizen of Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria or Turkey.
  • Require an F-1 visa to study in the United States (other visa types do not qualify).
  • Apply and be admitted for a master's program at the Elliott School for the Fall semester.
  • Have demonstrated exceptional academic performance during your undergraduate (bachelor's) program (3.0 GPA or higher).

During the application review process, all applicants who requested consideration will be evaluated based on the applicant pool from each country. Upon selection, applicants will be notified in their admissions letter of their acceptance and offer of funding with the amount awarded. The deadline for graduate applications and qualifying for this assistance is January 7 for fall semester applications only.

McNair Fellowships

Eligibility Students who were McNair Fellows in their undergraduate programs at other universities who apply and are accepted to a graduate program at George Washington (students from the Schools of GWSPH, SMHS and Law are not eligible. Online degree programs are also not eligible.) will receive special consideration for the following merit-based awards:

  • Doctoral only: Stipend of $20,000 in addition to full-tuition award

  • Master's: 10,000 tuition award

Two awards are available each year. Master's recipients are only eligible for tuition awards and may hold the fellowship for two years; doctoral students are eligible for any of the three awards and may hold the fellowship for three years. It is expected that the Fellow's school at GW award a Graduate Assistantship teaching, research or administrative for two additional years. McNair applicants will also be considered for lesser awards from academic departments or schools at GW.

Students who were not McNair Fellows at their undergraduate institution are not eligible. Students working in a benefited position at GW are not eligible. Awards will be made by the end of April.

Deadline: February 26, 2018, 12:00PM EST

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Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships

GW's Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships 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 website to find new fellowships or updated deadlines.

Additional Opportunities

Funding opportunities are also available through Elliott School research centers and our Graduate Student Career Development Center, as well as several external organizations.  Below is a list of just some of the opportunities you can find.

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

Audio Repuation Annual Scholarship

Booz Allen Hamilton (For Booz Allen Employees Only)

Boren Fellowships (Language study abroad)

CAIXA (for students from Spain)

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.)

Foreign Affairs Information Technology (IT) Fellowship Program

Fulbright Foreign Student Program (For international students)

FUNED (for students from Mexico)

Global Development Network Next Horizons Essay Contest

Indiana University Bloomington Summer Language Workshop

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Lanekassen (for students from Norway)

Middlebury Language Schools Davis Fellows for Peace

International Student House assistance application (domestic and international student housing opportunity)

Path to Success Scholarship

PricenFee Affiliate Marketing Scholarship

SERVIR (for students from Peru)

SelfScore International Student Scholarship 

Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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

General Resources

APSIA Resources (extensive list of funding opportunities for both domestic/international students.) (Scholarship database)

Foundation Center (Includes resources on finding foundation support for financing education.) (Tips for finding/applying for fellowships and funding opportunities.)

JLV College Counseling (extensive college scholarships) (Scholarship database)

There are countless opportunities for those who explore many avenues for funding!  Please note, neither The Elliott School of International Affairs, nor The George Washington University endorses any of these fellowships.  Applicants should apply only after reading the terms and conditions along with each fellowship/scholarship opportunity.

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.

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 after a specified period of employment.  Students that 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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