International Opportunities For Students

There are countless opportunities to conduct research and study at the graduate level abroad. Below are some reputable programs in the field. When doing your own research for other opportunities, a good place to start is the Consulate/Embassy website of the country you are interested in. Some of the best programs are offered through foreign government ministries.

Japanese Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports (MEXT) Scholarship

The Japanese Government offers scholarships to U.S. college graduates who wish to pursue graduate research or a graduate degree at Japanese universities.

International Junior Research Associate Scheme, University of Sussex, UK

Research opportunities to work alongside the University of Sussex’s top faculty on real-life projects during summer.

Iceland-specific Fulbright Grants

Fulbright Student

9-month grant for graduate study, independent research, or PhD research

Joint Fulbright/Icelandic government grants

The Icelandic government partners with Fulbright to offer grants to students interested in studying in Iceland.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program Graduate Degree Grants

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program funds a wide variety of opportunities abroad, including awards for the standard benefits (monthly living stipend, health benefits and round-trip airfare) plus tuition coverage for select graduate degree programs in select countries.

Schwarzman Scholars

Schwarzman Scholars is a scholarship created in response to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st Century. Students live and study together on the campus of Schwarzman College, a newly-built, state-of-the-art facility at Tsinghua University, where all classes are taught in English. Students pursue a Masters in Global Affairs, with concentrations in one of the disciplines: Public Policy, Economics and Business, and International Studies.

Monbukagakusho Scholarships 

There are various types of Japanese government-sponsored scholarships available under the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) Scholarship program, including graduate-level those for research students.


The DAAD USA scholarship is for students with a Bachelor’s from the USA who are now looking to do a graduate degree or research in Germany.

Chinese Scholarship Council

Chinese University Program is a full scholarship for designated Chinese universities and certain provincial education offices in specific provinces or autonomous regions to recruit outstanding international students for graduate studies in China.

MOFA Taiwan Scholarship

The Taiwan Scholarship program is a joint initiative launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the Ministry of Education (MOE), the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) and the National Science Council (NSC). The MOFA Taiwan Scholarship continues to encourage outstanding students to pursue academic degrees in Taiwan and to deepen their understanding of Taiwan’s academic environment, thereby enhancing exchanges and building friendships between Taiwan and their home nations.

Search the Institute for International Education for other funded opportunities to study abroad