Full Scholarships and Fully Funded Master’s Programs in the U.S. and Abroad

Jul 31, 2018 • Views 10,245

These fellowships provide complete funding for a master’s degree in different universities all over the world. Many of them involve both academic study and hands-on experience, and all of them allow you to grow in your field in a myriad of ways! They span all disciplines including international security, sciences, and the humanities. The list begins with fellowships for U.S. schools and ends with fellowships that offer opportunities abroad. If one of them sparks your interest, be sure to bookmark it to your ProFellow account!

U.S. Programs

AVANGRID Scholarships for Master’s Studies in the United States

The AVANGRID Scholarships are open to students of U.S. nationality to pursue masters-level work with an emphasis on sustainable energy, energy efficiency and climate-related areas of study, in addition to more specific business areas, such as cyber security, data science and engineering. The scholarship will cover the following annual tuition at the university or college in the U.S., and annual program allowance of $25,200 during the academic year to cover costs for accommodations and transportation (where applicable).

CyberCorps: Scholarships for Service

Scholarship For Service (SFS) is a unique program designed to increase and strengthen the cadre of federal information assurance professionals that protect the government’s critical information infrastructure. This program provides scholarships that may fully fund the typical costs of full-time students while attending a participating institution, including tuition and education and related fees. Additionally, Fellows receive stipends of up to $20,000 for undergraduate students and $32,000 for master’s and doctoral students. The scholarships are funded through grants awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Dubin Fellows Program for Emerging Leaders

Dubin Fellows are entering master’s degree students at Harvard Kennedy School who have demonstrated strong character, academic excellence, the ability to thrive and lead in the face of adversity, and a commitment to making a transformative impact on the communities they serve. Fellows are awarded tuition and health fees for up to 2 years while studying their master’s and summer stipends are available to pursue summer internships or leadership development courses. Open to domestic and international students entering their first year at HKS.

Emirates Leadership Initiative Fellowship

The Emirates Leadership Initiative (ELI) Fellowship is open to all admitted degree program students at Harvard Kennedy School hailing from the United Arab Emirates and other countries within the Arab League. Applicants will be considered based on their demonstrated interest in developing their leadership and public management skills in the United Arab Emirates and in Arab League countries. Successful candidates demonstrate excellent academic credentials, a deep commitment to public service, and strong leadership potential in the Middle East. Full tuition, stipend and health fees provided for 2 years.

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships

Frank Knox Memorial Fellowships are awarded each year for students from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for graduate study at Harvard University. A Knox Fellowship pays full Harvard tuition and mandatory health insurance fees and provides a stipend sufficient to cover the living expenses of a single Fellow for a 10-month academic year. Each Knox Fellowship applicant must also submit an application for admission directly to the Harvard graduate or professional school of his/her choice. Each country has a different deadline – check website.

GEM Fellowship: MS Engineering Fellowship Program

The goals of the GEM fellowships are to increase the number of underrepresented minority students (African Americans, American Indians, and Hispanic Americans) pursing graduate degrees in engineering and natural science and to promote the benefits of a graduate degree within industry. GEM MS Engineering Fellows receive a $4,000 living stipend per full-time semester up to 4 semesters ($8K per academic year – 3 quarters), up to two paid summer internships with a GEM Employer Member and full tuition and fees provided by a GEM University Member. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident.

Gleitsman Leadership Fellowship

The Gleitsman Fellowship sponsors Harvard Kennedy School students who are emerging social activists and innovators who are interested in pursuing a career with transformative impact on society. Gleitsman Fellows will participate in an enriching co-curricular experience designed to enhance their skills and engage their development as the next generation of public leaders. The fellowship is for 2 years and includes tuition and health fees as well as leadership training co-curricular courses. Open to domestic and international applicants entering their first year at Harvard Kennedy School. Applicants must apply to the school by December 1.

KIPP Houston Graduate Teaching Fellowship

The KIPP Houston Graduate Teaching Fellowship is a paid program designed for new teachers. Fellows spend 2 years teaching in public schools while receiving professional development and coaching from the Relay Graduate School of Education. At the successful conclusion of the two-year fellowship, Fellows will have earned their Master of Arts in Teaching and their Texas Teaching Certification.  Fellows receive a salary and full benefits both years, in addition to tuition contributions. The total value of the fellowship is over $104,000. Fellows are placed in all KIPP Houston schools in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Latin American Fishery Fellows (LAFF) Program

The Latin American Fishery Fellows (LAFF) Program at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara provides full fellowship support to earn a 2-year Master of Environmental Science & Management degree (MESM) specializing in Coastal Marine Resources Management. The program seeks students dedicated to impactful careers and leadership in Latin America.  The fellowship includes full tuition, a living stipend, $5,000 to cover costs associated with a summer internship, and RT airfare to the home country and internship site in Latin America each year, among other benefits.

Mercatus MA Fellowship

The Mercatus MA Fellowship is a two-year, competitive, full-time fellowship program for students pursuing a master’s degree in economics at George Mason University who are interested in gaining an advanced degree in applied economics in preparation for a career in public policy. Students who anticipate working in public policy—as researchers, policy analysts, journalists, etc.—are ideal candidates for this fellowship. The total award of up to $80,000 (over two years) includes a monthly stipend, full tuition support (nine credits per semester), and practical experience conducting and disseminating research with Mercatus scholars and staff on pertinent policy issues.

National Urban Fellows Master of Public Administration Fellowship

National Urban Fellows’ leadership development program is a rigorous, 14-month, full-time graduate degree program comprising two semesters of academic ccoursework and a nine-month mentorship assignment. Fellows receive a $25,000 stipend, health insurance, a book allowance, relocation and travel reimbursement, and full payment of tuition, in addition to their ongoing personal and professional development. The program culminates in a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the City University of New York’s Bernard M. Baruch College, School of Public Affairs.

Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program

The Roy H. Park Leadership Fellows Program is a two year full-tuition fellowship award for up to 25 Johnson students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential. In addition to their MBA curriculum, Park Fellows participate in a robust leadership development program. Features include: a cohort of 25 learning partners for developing leadership skills; a two-year developmental sequence based on the development of personal, interpersonal, team and system mastery skills; a constant cycle of experiential learning and reflection; a track record of leadership performance that is made through contributions to the school and surrounding community. Must be a US citizen to apply.

Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or doctoral degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be gainfully employed upon degree completion at the U.S. Department of Defense. Include full tuition and a stipend of $25K – $38K, and other benefits. Undergraduate applicants must be currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university. Graduate applicants can be either currently enrolled in a U.S. university or awaiting notification of admission.

Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship

The Sheila C. Johnson Leadership Fellowship at Harvard Kennedy School brings together diverse and talented emerging leaders based on their demonstrated leadership promise and demonstrated interest in reducing disparities in African-American communities through efforts in health care, education, economic development, public policy, criminal justice reform, social entrepreneurship, and a variety of other fields. Fellows are awarded a full tuition scholarship and health fees and are eligible for a stipend up to $10K. This fellowship is open to applicants entering their first year of study in any of the Harvard Kennedy School’s masters’ degree programs.

Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship

The Stanford Africa MBA Fellowship Program pays for tuition and associated fees (approximately $150,000) for citizens of African countries with financial need who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB. Stanford will award up to eight Stanford Africa MBA Fellowships annually. Within two years of graduation from Stanford GSB, Stanford Africa MBA Fellows are required to return to Africa to work for at least two years in a professional role that contributes to the continent’s development.

Stanford USA MBA Fellowship

The Stanford USA MBA Fellowship provides financial assistance to students who wish to obtain an MBA at Stanford GSB and are committed to economic development in regions of the United States that are underrepresented in the MBA Program. The Fellowship will focus on the Midwest and pay for tuition and associated fees (approximately $160,000 over two years) for Stanford MBA students who demonstrate financial need and strong ties to the Midwest. Within two years of graduation from Stanford GSB, Stanford USA MBA Fellows are required to return to the Midwest to work for at least two years in a professional role that will contribute to the region’s economic development.

Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowships are supported by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Pickering Fellowships provide funding to graduate students as they prepare to join the U.S. Foreign Service as diplomats. Fellows are funded $37,500 per year to help cover tuition costs first, then room and board, books, mandatory fees and travel, pending availability of funds. Graduate-level Fellows receive stipends during participation in one 10-week domestic summer internship, and one 10-week summer overseas internship following the second year of graduate school.

Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

The Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship Program provides graduate students with financial support, mentoring and professional development to prepare them academically and professionally for a career with the U.S. Department of State. During this two-year program, fellows participate in two internships with the State Department—one in the U.S., the other overseas— and receive personalized mentoring and professional development opportunities. Fellows receive financial support for tuition, room and board, books, mandatory fees and some travel expenses (up to $37,500 annually). Fellows also receive stipends, housing and travel allowances for the two internship experiences.

TIAA Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Program

Live your passion to transform the world and gain new skills and networks to embark on an exciting nonprofit leadership career through the TIAA Nonprofit Leadership Fellows Program at the Do Good Institute (DGI), School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. The program is focused on providing professional development opportunities to students who wish to pursue careers in the nonprofit field. Fellowships supports master’s students as the complete their degree and include: 2 years of tuition, health benefits, mentoring, training and paid internships.

Tillman Scholars Program

The Tillman Scholars Program unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of private and public sector leaders committed to service beyond self. The premier fellowship supports Tillman Scholars with academic scholarships, a national network, and professional development opportunities, so they are empowered to make an impact in the fields of medicine, law, business, policy, technology, education and the arts. Active duty service members, veterans, and military spouses are eligible for the fellowship which covers academic expenses, including tuition and fees, books and living expenses.

Trinity Fellows 

The Trinity Fellows Program at Marquette University is a graduate fellowship dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Fellows participate in a 21-month study/work program while earning a master’s degree in one of 15 disciplines. Eligible applicants must meet the admissions requirements of the Marquette University Graduate School. In addition, applicants must have completed a full-time service program, such as Peace Corps, Jesuit Volunteer Corps, AmeriCorps, or other comparable program, OR have worked 2+ years full-time in a nonprofit organization. The fellowship includes a full-tuition scholarship and a monthly stipend.

U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship

The U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship is a game-changing opportunity for practitioners, scholars, and activists ready to lead the transformation of U.S. Latino and other underserved communities. The fellowship aims to create sustainable changes and innovative ideas to revolutionize local and national policies toward these communities while also giving the fellow networking opportunities and leadership training. The fellowship is open to all Harvard Kennedy School graduate degree programs and includes full tuition, health insurance and a $25K/year stipend for the duration of the degree.

Woodrow Wilson School Fully Funded MPP/MPA Programs

The Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University offers a one-year Master in Public Policy (MPP) degree for mid-career professionals who are rising leaders in international and domestic public policy. The School also offers a Master in Public Administration (MPA). The Wilson School aims to enable graduate students to earn a graduate degree without incurring indebtedness, thereby making it more feasible to pursue careers of public service in the public and nonprofit sectors. Unless applicants receive outside scholarships from governmental or other funding agencies, the School will offer each candidate a full scholarship for tuition and a stipend to cover living expenses. Stipends are offered on the basis of each individual and family.

World Journalist Fellowship

The World Journalist Fellowship provides international journalists with funding to study at one of the master’s programs at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. The Fellowship covers tuition and fees for two of the three semesters of the journalism graduate program, as well as a stipend of $13,000 for each of the two semesters. The fellowship is open to international journalists with at least two years experience at a journalism publication and fluency in English and at least one other language. Journalists interested in the Fellowship must initiate an application to the M.A. program at NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.

Zuckerman Fellowship

The Zuckerman Fellows Program equips people from the fields of medicine, law, and business to provide leadership for the common good by making it possible for them to pursue public service degrees at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard School of Public Health, or Harvard Kennedy School. The Zuckerman Fellowship provides recipients with full tuition and health insurance fees plus a stipend of $17,000 for one year. In addition to their formal coursework, Zuckerman Fellows participate in a yearlong co-curricular program that includes small-group discussions, professional skill-building workshops, and a field trip.

International Programs

Anna Sobol Levy Foundation Fellowships

The Anna Sobol Levy Foundation provides fellowships to U.S. citizens who are college graduates to pursue a master’s degree in English at the prestigious IDC Herzliya’s Raphael Recanati International School, located near Tel Aviv. The Fellowship covers tuition at the IDC (up to $16,000). Levy Fellows must enroll in one of the IDC’s security-related MA programs: (1) counter-terrorism and homeland security, or (2) diplomacy and conflict studies. Candidates must be U.S. citizens under age 30 at the time application and should have studied in the fields of military studies, economic geography, international relations, political science, history, or similar fields.

Atlantic Residential Fellowship (MSc Inequalities and Social Science)

The Atlantic Residential Fellowship supports applicants in taking the one year MSc Inequalities and Social Science (MISS) at the London School of Economics, with dedicated mentorship, as well as engaging with the wider work of the Atlantic Fellows programme. The Fellowship includes all tuition fees, a stipend to cover living costs whilst in London, and expenses for attendance at Atlantic Fellows events. Applicants must meet the conditions of the MSc Inequalities and Social Science at LSE.

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships

Blakemore Freeman Fellowships are awarded for one academic year of full-time, intensive language study at the advanced level in East or Southeast Asia in approved language programs. Applicants must have a well-defined career objective involving Asia in which regular use of the language is an important aspect; the potential to make a significant contribution to a field of study or area of professional or business activity in an Asian country; prior experience in the Asian country or involvement or participation in activities related to the country; and a good academic, professional, or business background appropriate to the career program. The fellowship covers tuition or tutoring fees, plus a stipend for travel, living and study expenses.

Bord Bia Marketing Fellowship (MSc International Marketing Practice)

This intensive 12-month action learning programme gives successful candidates the combined opportunity to gain hands-on experience working with some of Ireland’s leading food companies and also gain a Masters degree. Fellowship includes in-market placement with Bord Bia clients (based overseas) early-August to June in locations which may include New York, London, Dubai, Sydney, Shanghai, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Milan, Moscow, Düsseldorf and Warsaw. Applications are welcomed from all graduates with a minimum of 2-3 years work experience. 100% Tuition Fees & €22,800 bursary paid.

Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships

The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia. For international applications, the program provides funding for an Australian Master’s or PhD, short-term dissertation or post-doctoral research, or 1-4 months of professional development. There is also a Vocational Award to pursue an Australian Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree. All recipients will receive a travel allowance, an establishment allowance, a monthly stipend, tuition remission (if applicable) and health and travel insurance.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program for Study/Research

A U.S. Student Fulbright Grant allows for individually designed study/research projects that will take place during one academic year (9-12 months) in a country outside the U.S. Applicants design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education. The study/research awards are available in approximately 140 countries. For recent BA/BS graduates, graduate and doctoral students, and young professionals including artists, musicians, writers, journalists, and those in law, business, and other professional fields. Undergraduate and graduate students must apply through their institution; professionals and former students can apply through their alma mater or At Large.

Fulbright-Anne Wexler Master’s Award in Public Policy

The Fulbright-Anne Wexler Scholarships enables Australian and U.S. postgraduate students with strong academic credentials and leadership potential to undertake a two year Master’s degree in Australia or the U.S. focusing in public policy. These may include key areas such as health, sustainability, energy, climate change, regional security, education, political science, history or governmental relations. The award includes tuition, a living stipend and travel. Two Fulbright Anne Wexler Scholarships will be awarded annually: one for an Australian citizen and one for an American (US) citizen.

High North Fellowship

The High North Fellowship program offers scholarships to students from Canada, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the US who attend an institution in Northern Norway as part of their higher education. The program is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Each fellowship recipient receives a monthly stipend of approximately NOK 9 440, and a travel grant of the same amount. Institutions of higher education in Norway do not charge tuition from international students, and the stipend is intended to cover housing and living expenses. The program is mainly targeted at students at the Master’s and Bachelor’s level, but is also open to PhD students.

Qatar Scholarship Program

This program offers Arabic language students from the U.S. who have already developed their Arabic at the intermediate and advanced levels the opportunity to master their skills in an intensive Arabic language program at Qatar University in Doha for an entire academic year. The scholarship includes tuition, room and board, RT airfare, local transportation and books. All applicants must apply directly through Qatar University.

Rotary Peace Fellowship

Each year, Rotary selects up to 100 individuals from around the world to receive fully funded academic fellowships at one of our peace centers in Australia, England, Japan, Sweden and the U.S. These fellowships cover tuition and fees, room and board, and RT transportation. Two types of fellowships are available: (1) 15-24 month master’s degree fellowships at premier universities in fields related to peace and conflict prevention and resolution and (2) 3-month fellowships for experienced professionals working in peace-related fields at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. For more information, contact your local Rotary club or the Rotary Peace Centers Department at The Rotary Foundation.

Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective, one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. Whether in politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Students will live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility, where all classes will be taught in English. Students can pursue a degree in Public Policy, Economics and Business, or International Studies. Schwarzman Scholars receive tuition and a stipend, room and board, RT travel, and an in-country study tour.

TEFL Fellowships at the American University in Cairo

Fellowships in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) are offered annually to full-time students who wish to pursue a master’s degree in TEFL and to acquire language teaching experience at The American University in Cairo. Fellowships are offered in the Department of English Language Instruction for two academic years and the intervening summer session. The award includes a waiver of tuition fees, monthly stipend, accommodation and one-way home travel. Fellows pursue degree study and teach eight hours of English per week.

The Thouron Award

The Thouron Award is a graduate exchange program between British universities and the University of Pennsylvania, conceived to reinforce the “special relationship” between the U.S. and the U.K. Graduates of British universities receive support for up to two years for a graduate (post-graduate) degree program at the University of Pennsylvania. Graduates of Penn receive up to two years of support for a degree program at any graduate (post-graduate) program in the U.K. Thouron Scholars are chosen both for their strong academic potential and their “ambassadorial qualities.” Students receive full support – tuition and generous stipends.

Winston Churchill Scholarship Program

The Churchill Scholarship Program enables young Americans to pursue graduate study in science, mathematics, and engineering at Churchill College, Cambridge University. A total of 15 one-year Churchill Scholarships are offered each year. The scholarship covers living expenses in addition to tuition and fees. Candidates must be US citizens who have earned a bachelor’s degree but not a doctorate. Applicants must be nominated by their undergraduate institution. The Churchill Foundation’s deadline is in mid-November. Each college may have earlier deadlines.

Yenching Scholarship

The Yenching Academy provides a generous graduate scholarship that covers tuition fees, a travel stipend for one round-trip journey between each Scholar’s base city and Beijing, accommodations, and living costs on Peking University’s campus. This specially designed, English-taught program aims to push the study of China beyond the boundaries of traditionally defined Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines. Students from around the world are invited to apply and can choose between many different fields to base their thesis on including: law, economics, international relations, philosophy, literature and history.

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