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Funding for new international Undergraduate students is very different from Graduate students. Visit their pages for more information.

Financial Assistance from non-SIU sources

Students are strongly encouraged to search Education USA and seek advice from their departments on external organizations that give scholarships international students. The lists below, though for women students only, are examples. Research these other grants and fellowships for women:

  • P.E.O International Peace Scholarship Fund
  • Alturas International Foundation
  • American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Association for Women in Science
  • Bell Labs Graduate Research Fellowships for Women and Minorities
  • Funds Net Women's Grants and Resources
  • Global Fund for Women
  • International Federation of University Women (IFUW)
  • National Council for Research on Women Scholarships
  • Fellowships and Postdoctoral Awards for Women
  • National Science Foundation & Association for Women in Mathematics - Travel Grants
  • Women in Engineering Programs and Advocates Network (WEPAN)
  • Women's Research & Education Institute Congressional Fellowships

Scholarship and Grant Opportunities Below are for Current Students Only:

The Augusta & Jimmy Auerbach Endowed Memorial Scholarship (current students)
The award is designated for current students who can prove serious financial need and have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement (G.P.A. of at least 3.25), leadership ability and university/community public service. Apply during April 1 to July 31 every year. Application (pdf) Contact: Carla Coppi,

Inga Sollberger Grant (current students)
This monetary award is given by the International Friends Club to assist a needy international student, dependent spouse, or child with medical or dental bills. Apply at any time during the year. Application (pdf) Contact: Elaine Conrad,

Mary Wakeland Scholarship (current students)
This $500 scholarship is awarded in recognition of outstanding volunteer service to the campus and the community. It is not based on high academic achievement or financial need. Apply during April 15 - June 1 every year. Guidelines (pdf) Application (pdf) Contact: Elaine Conrad,

Tuition Awards (current students)
These awards are available for the academic year on a competitive basis. All applications must be filed at the CIE office in person between the Monday after Spring Break through the Friday before the summer term begins. Applications for the Summer, Fall and/or the following Spring semesters are only accepted once a year during this time. Undergraduate Application (pdf) and Graduate Application (pdf) Contact: Carla Coppi, 

Short-Term Emergency Loans (current students)
Available through CIE in cooperation with the Office of Student Work and Financial Assistance, these $100 -$550 loans must be repaid within 30 days and applicants must have a confirmed source of funds from which the loan can be repaid. These loans are for major emergencies only. Contact: Michelle Neill,

Undergraduate Student-to-Student (STS) Grants (current students)
Based on academic achievement and completion of at least one semester at SIU, STS grants range from $100 to $300 for one semester. Applications begin at the beginning of each semester. Application (pdf) Contact: Carla Coppi,