Scholarships & Finances


Studying in the U.S. can be expensive, so you should look carefully at the total cost of attendance per year.  The total cost for an undergraduate or graduate program can range anywhere from $25,000- $50,000 per year. This includes the total cost of tuition, housing, food, books, health insurance, and personal expenses. It is important for you to know exactly what your budget is, while searching for suitable programs.


The Institute of International Education (IIE) is leading the IIE Syria Consortium for Higher Education in Crisis. This consortium is comprised of universities from around the world, who have committed to providing scholarships for Syrian students, and hosting placements for Syrian scholars. Students apply directly to potential host universities. Each institution will run their own admissions process and will have a separate timeline. Students may access these opportunities here.

Daughters for Life Full Scholarship

Daughters for Life Foundation offers full scholarships to outstanding female students from the Middle East to pursue their studies at universities in North America and Asia.

Jusoor 100 Women, 10,000 Syrian Lives Scholarship Program

This scholarship is open to Syrian women who have demonstrated exemplary social service with leadership, academic excellence, and civic responsibility, who have characteristics reflecting the importance of empathy, humility, courage and resilience, and who have potential to serve as global leaders. Scholarship amount is up to $50,000 per student and is open to undergraduate and graduate studies.

United World Colleges

United World Colleges (UWC) offers full scholarship program for Syrian high school students who have completed or are currently enrolled in 10th grade in Syria. The scholarship allows students to attend one of the UWC’s for two years to complete an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.



MEPI Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship for Syrians

The Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program is a MEPI initiative for capable and highly motivated high school seniors from Syria. Students receive full scholarships to study in AUB or LAU.

Al Ghurair Foundation Stem Scholars Program

This program provides financial support and career advising to Arab students for an undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM field at participating partner universities in the US and the Middle East.

Institute of International Education (IIE) Syrian Scholar Rescue Fund 

IIE’s Scholar Rescue Fund (SRF) provides fellowships for established professors, researchers and public intellectuals whose lives or careers are threatened in their home countries. The fellowships support temporary academic positions at universities and research centers in safe locations anywhere in the world.

Institute of International Education (IIE) Artist Protection Fund (APF)

 APF is a three year pilot program at IIE. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, APF will make lifesaving fellowship grants to threatened artists from any field of artistic endeavor, and place them at host universities and arts centers in safe countries where they can continue their work.

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Note: These scholarships are not affiliated or associated with EducationUSA in any way. This is merely a list of opportunities- students must do the appropriate research online and contact the individual scholarship institutions for more information Please note that the majority of scholarships must come directly from universities in the USA, as external sources of funding are limited.

Graduate Funding:

There may be several types of funding available from universities on the graduate level. Please note that these are extremely competitive and are generally reserved for PhD candidates.

Fellowships and Tuition Scholarships:

These are awarded by the university’s graduate school, and are based on the student’s overall merit or academic strength. Usually, the graduate school selects fellowship or tuition scholarship recipients, but candidates are sometimes asked to submit a separate application. Recipients do not have to work for the university in exchange for these funds.

Research Assistantships (RA):

Professors apply to outside sources (foundations, agencies, etc.) for funds to conduct research, and then select graduate students to assist them. Many students apply their RA work towards their thesis research. RA funding consists of a tuition waiver plus a monthly stipend that covers your living expenses. Both half and full RA’s are available.

Teaching Assistantships (TA):

Departments determine the need for TA’s in undergraduate classes, and professors who teach those classes select graduate students to assist them in teaching, leading discussion sections, running labs, or grading assignments. TA’s have the opportunity to build important teaching skills that will help them when they become professors. TA funding consists of a tuition waiver plus a monthly stipend that covers living expenses. Both half and full TA’s are available.

Graduate Assistantships:

Departments sometimes employ administrative assistants in positions that provide partial funding. The bottom line is that funding is limited, and each university, and department is different. Students must research all of their options thoroughly to see what options might be available for them.