Funding Your Education

The Office of Graduate Admissions has compiled information regarding many opportunities for applicants and students to help fund their education.  Please be sure to explore these sections and check back often as we will update with additional information frequently.

Elliott School Fellowships

Graduate Admissions Fellowships 

The Elliott School offers a number of highly competitive merit-based tuition awards, mostly to entering, full-time Master of Arts and Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) candidates. A majority of our awards are partial tuition awards so students are encouraged to explore all funding resources.  All applications received by the Fall Fellowship Deadline for the following fall semester will automatically receive fellowship consideration. A small number of awards may be available for spring admission.  Please apply by the Spring Application Deadline for the following spring semester to be considered for these awards.

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

Additional Opportunities

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

Institute of Middle East Studies
Center for International Science and Technology Policy

Space Policy Institute

Sigur Center for Asian Studies
Graduate Student Career Development


GW Fellowships

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

Additional Funding 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

American Association of University Women Education Funding and Awards (various opportunities for both domestic/international students)

American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships

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)

CONACYT (for students from Mexico and Paraguay)

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 Test 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.)

Fulbright Foreign Student Program (For international students)

FUNED (for students from Mexico)

Global Development Network Next Horizons Essay Contest

Hizmet Essay Contest via Rumi Forum

Islamic Scholarship Fund

Lanekassen (for students from Norway)

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 

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

The Rosenthal Fellowship

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.


Veteran's Benefits

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

For U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents

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 oferred to them;
  • Demonstrate a need of at least $5,000

Important Forms:

2017-2018 Graduate Feer Work Study Request Form

2017-2018 Graduate Loan Change Form

2017-2018 Supplemental Graduate Loan Questionnaire

Important Financial Aid Update


Loan Forgiveness

Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

The Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) is intended to encourage individuals to enter and continue to work full-time in public service jobs. Under this program, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance of your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying payments on those loans while employed full time by certain public service employers.

Qualifying employment is any employment with a federal, state, or local government agency, entity, or organization or a not-for-profit organization that has been designated as tax-exempt by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). The type or nature of employment with the organization does not matter for PSLF purposes. Additionally, the type of services that these public service organizations provide does not matter for PSLF purposes.

A private not-for-profit employer that is not a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRC may be a qualifying public service organization if it provides certain specified public services. These services include emergency management, military service, public safety, or law enforcement services; public health services; public education or public library services; school library and other school-based services; public interest law services; early childhood education; public service for individuals with disabilities and the elderly. The organization must not be a labor union or a partisan political organization.

Loans you received under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program are eligible for PSLF. Loans you received under the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program, the Federal Perkins Loan (Perkins Loan) Program, or any other student loan program are not eligible for PSLF.

If you have FFEL Program or Perkins Loan Program loans, you may consolidate them into a Direct Consolidation Loan to take advantage of PSLF. However, only payments you make on the new Direct Consolidation Loan will count toward the required 120 qualifying payments for PSLF. Payments made on your FFEL Program or Perkins Loan Program loans before you consolidated them, even if they were made under a qualifying repayment plan, do not count as qualifying PSLF payments. In addition, if you made qualifying payments on a Direct Loan and then consolidate it into a Direct Consolidation Loan, you must make 120 qualifying payments on the Direct Consolidation Loan.

Learn how to track of your eligibility and apply for the PSLF.

Employment at the George Washington University

Full-time and sone 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

Current Available Elliott School Positions:

Program Coordinator, Central Asia Program (Institute for European and Eurasian Studies)

Research Program Assistant, Nuclear Security Consensus (Institute for Security and Conflict Studies)

Senior Research Assistant, Nuclear Security Working Group (Associate Dean for Planning, Research and External Relations)

Program Associate, Education and Outreach (Institue for Middle East Studies)

Program Assistant, Institute for Korean Studies (Office of the Dean)