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Additional Sources of Financial Assistance
Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship
Candidates who are Belgian citizens applying to the MBA program may be awarded a conditional grant of up to $100,000 as an interest-free loan which must be repaid within five years after graduation. The grant covers tuition and compulsory fees including health insurance for two academic years of study in residence at a U.S. business school. In order to be eligible for this fellowship, the following are the requirements: must be a Belgian citizen, hold at least a Master’s degree from a Belgian University, have an outstanding academic record, have some evidence of meaningful work experience, and have a good command of the English language. Deadline for Application: Before May 1 for studies during the following two academic years. Further information can be obtained by visiting the BAEF website.
BCG Fellows Scholarship
This is an opportunity to learn more about the Boston Consulting Group and what makes them unique. The scholarship program includes monetary awards of up to $5,000 and individual mentorship by BCG consultants. In order to be eligible for this program, applicants must currently reside in the United States or Canada and matriculate in a qualifying full-time MBA program beginning in summer or fall 2014. Candidates must complete an application form and send it with a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm ET on May 30, 2014. Please see http://www.bcg.com/careers/mba_fellows.aspx for more details.
Diversity Jobs Scholarship Program
DiversityJobs.com’s new scholarship program for diversity and minority students awards $3,000 once annually to currently enrolled undergrads or graduate students from registered schools in the US. The deadlines is April 30, 2014 and there is no application fee. The recipients of the scholarship will be determined by DiversityJobs’ Scholarship Committee and will be announced the month following the scholarship deadline. Check out the blog of all previous award winners. Further details and the application form are available on the DiversityJobs Scholarship Program website.
Eduarda Justo Foundation (Consentino Group)
Provides scholarships to outstanding MBA students from Spain; preference is given to students from Almería. The scholarship covers tuition, monthly allowance of 1,600€ (for housing, books, and supplies); travel and initial expenses of 1,000€ and 2,000€, respectively. Further information may be obtained by visiting the foundation's website. Deadline is in March.
Fulbright New Zealand Graduate Awards
The Fulbright-Platinum Triangle Scholarship in Entrepreneurship is for a talented New Zealander in a knowledge economy-related field to complete a master's degree at a U.S. university and to gain professional work experience in the U.S. and in New Zealand. The fellowship covers the cost of university attendance for two years (up to $100,000), basic health and accident insurance, internship, etc. Further details are available on the Fulbright New Zealand website.
Provides scholarships to qualified Brazilians attending a graduate program. Further details are available on this website.
Instituto Ling is a non-profit association founded in 1995 by the Ling family, in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Its mission is to contribute to the social, economic and cultural development of Brazil by creating opportunities through investing in education. Its proposal is to support Brazilians who demonstrate leadership potential and adherence to capitalism, free markets, and the rule of law principles. In 17 years of activities, Instituto Ling has invested more than US$ 3.1 million to partly finance costs of MBA, MPA, LLM and Master courses in Journalism in some of the most reputable universities in the world, including MIT Sloan School of Management.
Instituto Ling’s fellowships are open to all Brazilian students who have been accepted to top schools. Required documents include the candidate's CV, GMAT results, admission letter from the university, and the application, including essays. The candidate must provide information on his/her family’s financial condition, in order to prove financial need. The candidate’s leadership skills and affinity to Instituto Ling’s values are also evaluated. For further information, please contact Instituto.email@example.com or www.institutoling.org.br.
Just Jobs Scholarship Program
JustJobs.com’s new scholarship program awards $3,000 annually to currently enrolled undergrads or graduate students from registered schools in the US. The deadline is April 30, 2014 and there is no application fee. The recipients of the scholarship will be determined by JustJobs’ Scholarship Committee and will be announced the month following the scholarship deadline. Check out our blog of all previous award winners. Further details and the application form are available on the JustJobs Scholarship Program website.
LatPro Scholarship Program
LatPro.com’s new scholarship program for Hispanic students awards $3,000 once annually to currently enrolled undergrads or graduate students from registered schools in the US. The deadlines is April 30, 2014 and there is no application fee. The recipients of the scholarship will be determined by LatPro’s Scholarship Committee and will be announced the month following the scholarship deadline. Check out our blog of all previous award winners. Further details and the application form are available on the LatPro Scholarship Program website.
Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Fellowships
Awarded to nationals of the 22-member countries of the League of Arab States who demonstrate leadership, dedication, and commitment to the Arab World's human and socio-economic progress. This fellowship covers tuition fees, books, round-trip coach ticket, and monthly stipend for housing, living, and insurance. The amount of the award varies and will be announced at the time the fellowship is awarded. The deadline for the fellowship is June 30 of the calendar year that you will start your MBA studies. Application details about this fellowship are available from the foundation's website.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) Scholarship Program
This scholarship provides financial assistance to outstanding Hispanic Americans pursuing an MBA. The amount of the award varies and includes travel reimbursement for attending the NSHMBA Annual Conference and Career Expo. For eligibility and program guidelines, please visit NSHMBA Foundation website.
OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)
Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
Awarded to graduate students who are naturalized U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, and children of two naturalized U.S. citizen parents. The fellowships provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen field. Recipients receive a grant of $20,000 and one-half of the annual tuition fee. Details of this fellowship are available from this website. Deadline for submitting an application is in November.
The Robert Toigo Foundation Fellowships
The Toigo Foundation offers fellowships to members of U.S. minority groups who are committed to a career in finance. The foundation selects over 60 first- and second-year minority MBA students as Toigo Fellows. For further information about the Robert Toigo Foundation Fellowships, please visit this website. Deadline is in March.
The Sainsbury Management Fellowships (SMF)
The scheme is administered by the Royal Academy of Engineering and provides scholarships to talented young engineers with leadership potential to study for an MBA degree. The scholarship covers the first-year tuition fee and, upon completion of the MBA, the engineers become members of the SMF Society. Applications may be submitted at any time, but at least four months prior to the start of the MBA program. Application details are available here.
Serge Bellanger French-American Business Student Scholarships
Applicants must meet the following criteria: be an American national attending an MBA program in France, or a French national attending an MBA program in the U.S.; be applying to an MBA or equivalent program (troisieme cycle) for 2014-2015; intend to pursue a career in the international business community; have been accepted to a qualifying program. Scholarships will be for $10,000. Although this is a merit-based scholarship program, financial need will be taken into consideration. To be considered for a Bellanger Scholarship, all application materials (listed on the Application Instructions) must be mailed to the French-American Chamber of Commerce Foundation and be postmarked no later than April 15, 2014. Visit the website for forms and more information. faccnyc.org/facc-foundation
TALENTIA Fellowship Program
TALENTIA Fellowship Program, an initiative by the Ministry for Innovation, Science and Enterprise in Andalusia, Spain, provides postgraduate scholarships to students from Andalusia allowing them to study abroad in selected institutions. Talentia Fellowships are addressed to university graduates with outstanding intellectual and human excellence, an international profile, and commitment to the development of Andalusia. Applicants are evaluated for outstanding academic and professional merit, plus social commendations, as well as their proposed career and professional return plan. Applicants must have citizenship from a European Union member state, connection with Andalusia, and EU undergraduate degree. For more information contact Sociedad para el Impulso del Talento, TALENTIA SLU on this website.
USLO Minority Student Entrepreneur Scholarship
Minority student entrepreneurs who want to or have already started a business are eligible for this $1000 scholarship. Students must be in high school or full-time undergraduate or graduate students in a U.S. college. The deadline is April 15th. More information is available online: http://www.usleaseoption.com/scholarship.php
MIT's Office of the Dean for Graduate Education website lists some financial resources outside MIT that are specifically geared toward international students.
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