Internal Fellowships:


Penn-UNESCO Fellowships for Developing Country Scholars

Overview: The University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education offers up to two full tuition International Fellowships under the PennGSE–UNESCO Chair, founded in 2012. This Fellowship, under the auspices of the International Educational Development Program (IEDP), is the first of its kind in the U.S., and is designed to support promising professionals devoted to international education in the developing world. A first Fellow was accepted for the Fall 2011 cohort.  

Award: The Fellowship covers all Penn tuition (up to 10 course units) associated with the IEDP Masters Degree program of study. The Fellowship does not cover other costs associated with attending graduate school, such as room and board, books, health insurance, travel, etc.

Eligibility: Priority will be given to applicants who are citizens of countries defined by the World Bank as low-income and lower-middle-income countries. Naturalized US citizens and permanent residents who originate from low-income and lower-middle-income countries (i.e., were born in one of these countries and whose parents are not US citizens) may also apply.

Application process: Interested persons should complete the Fellowship application and submit with their completed IEDP Masters application to PennGSE.

Announcement of the UNESCO fellowship award(s) is typically announced by mid-May, before the beginning of the next academic year.

Applications for 2019-2020 are now closed. Please check back for 2020-2021.

Meet Our UNESCO Fellows

Coverdell Fellowship for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) are encouraged to apply for the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, offered by PennGSE’s International Educational Development Program. This graduate fellowship program recognizes RPCVs and is a way to extend one’s relationship with the Peace Corps while a student at Penn. As part of their graduate studies, fellows will complete service-projects in underserved American communities. Fellows typically demonstrate strong academic backgrounds, important service commitments in the Peace Corps, intellectual curiosity, and a continued passion for promoting social change.

In parallel to their studies, Fellows engage in a community service project (typically 75 hours total; or 5 hours/week over about 16 weeks) through Philadelphia-based organizations working in underserved communities during.  This service requirement is flexibly built around academic schedules, as coursework is intended to remain the primary concern for students. In addition to merit-based GSE funding, Coverdell Fellows typically receive an additional grant, related to their community service. 

2015-2016 Coverdell Fellows Brochure
2013-2014 Coverdell Fellows Brochure

Coverdell fellows will be awarded their fellowship at the time of acceptance.

Meet all our Coverdell Fellows

Yellow Ribbon

Penn honors the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows Penn to voluntarily enter into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses for eligible veterans.

- Schools and programs at Penn have committed funds to the Yellow Ribbon Program 

- There are limited openings in each school for Yellow Ribbon awards

- The VA will match your school’s commitment.  The combined school award and VA match may not exceed the difference between the recipient’s actual tuition charges and the recipient’s basic Post-9/11 tuition benefit

- Federal law states that Yellow Ribbon awards must be made on a first-come, first-serve basis

- Each school will have its own queue

- Applicants will be placed in the queue based on the date they present the  VA Certificate of Eligibility (COE), indicating Yellow Ribbon eligibility, to Penn’s Registrar’s Office. (Phone calls or email inquiries will not hold a place in the queue.)

If you want to inquire about Penn GSE's Yellow Ribbon program, please contact financial aid at


External Fellowships:


Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program assists meritorious undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies or with the international aspects of professional or fields of study.

FLAS fellowships are funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by the University of Pennsylvania’s Title VI National Resource Centers to assist students in acquiring foreign language and either area or international studies competencies, including the international aspects of professional or other fields of study.  FLAS awards are available only for specific languages, and are contingent on federal funding.  Please direct any questions to the FLAS Coordinator of your chosen language.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

(1) Graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents AND who are enrolled (or accepted for enrollment) in a program that combines modern foreign language training with international or area studies or with the international aspects of professional or other fields of study, OR

 FLAS awards may be used by students participating in official overseas language programs, and in very limited cases, for dissertators.

For More Information

To learn more about FLAS, visit the FLAS FAQ page, or contact the relevant FLAS Coordinator.   

For instructions on how to apply, please see the Application & Instructions page.


Boren Fellowships

The National Security Agency Boren Graduate Fellowship funds international research, cultural study and language acquisition for those simultaneously enrolled in a US graduate program for areas of the world of interest to US national security. It does not provide funds for the graduate program itself.

The fellowship can be applied to both domestic and international programs, and is valued at up to $20,000, depending on the length of your study.

The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Applicants must be in an accredited graduate program or in the process of applying.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals.

Applicants must choose a country and a course of study that are critically important to their academic field of study, their career objectives, and U.S. national security.

For More Information

For more information please go to the Boren Fellowship website or contact the relevant Boren Fellowship advisor 

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Every year, The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans supports thirty New Americans, immigrants or the children of immigrants, who are pursuing graduate school in the United States. Full eligibility requirements can be found here.

Each Fellowship supports up to two years of graduate study in any field and in any advanced degree-granting program in the United States. Each award is for up to $25,000 in stipend support (not to exceed $35,000), as well as 50 percent of required tuition and fees, up to $20,000 per year, for two years.

Applications open in mid-April, for the following academic year, and are due on November 1st. To learn more about the P.D. Soros Fellowship, please visit the website HERE.


American Association for University Women (AAUW)

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. Scholarships can be up to $18,000 USD.

Applications for AAUW International Fellowships are open August 1–December 1. Applicants must apply by the deadline of December 1.

To learn more and apply, please visit AAUW's website HERE.


P.E.O International Peace Scholarships

The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from non-US countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding. Scholarships can be up to $12,500 USD.

The eligibility period for scholarships for the academic year is from September 15 to December 15. Applicants must apply by the December deadline.

To learn more about P.E.O and apply, please visit their website HERE.


Aga Khan International Scholarship Programme

The Aga Khan Foundation provides a limited number of scholarships each year for postgraduate studies to outstanding students from select developing countries who have no other means of financing their studies, in order to develop effective scholars and leaders and to prepare them for employment, primarily within the AKDN. Scholarships are awarded on a 50% grant : 50% loan basis through a competitive application process once a year in June or July. The Foundation gives priority to requests for Master's level courses

Application deadlines vary by region. To check for a specific deadline and learn more about Aga Khan's International Scholarship Programme, visit their website HERE.


Becas Don Carlos Antonio Lopez Scholarship Porgram (Paraguyan Citizens Only)

The Carlos Antonio Lopez Scholarship Program for the Strengthening of Research, Innovation, and Education (“the CAL Program”). Its administered by the Ministry of Finance of Paraguay on behalf of the Carlos Antonio Lopez Scholarship Office. This scholarship can cover up to $90,000 of the total cost of a Master’s program.  If you are interested in learning more about it, you can find more information in this link:

Scholarhips will be be offered on a first-come-first serve basis beginning in February of each year. Applicants must have an acceptance from their school of choice in order to apply for the CAL program.

Interested applicants for the Cal Program should notify IEDP of their program application to help coordinate and expedited program review if needed.


Inlaks Scholarship (Indian Citizens Only)

Inlaks Scholarships provide the opportunity to young people with exceptional talent in any field to broaden their vision abroad and improve their skills to operate in society, thus making them a future vehicle of change in their environment.

Scholarships are open to all Indian citizens who are resident in India at the time of application. Candidates are normally expected to hold a good first degree from a recognized university in India. Indian citizens who hold a good undergraduate degree from a recognized university outside India, must have resided continuously and been employed or been studying in India, for at least two years, after their under-graduation. People having a postgraduate degree (e.g. Master’s or PhD) from a university outside India are not eligible; those who have started but not completed a postgraduate degree outside India are also ineligible.

Interested applicants for the Inlaks should notify IEDP of their program application to help coordinate and expedited program review if needed.


World Bank Scholarship Programs (Japanese Citizens Only)

The Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program (JJ/WBGSP) provides scholarships for no more than a two-year duration to a limited number of Japanese mid-career professionals who are dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and enhanced shared prosperity in developing countries, and who have been admitted to or are currently enrolled in a master’s or PhD graduate degree program outside of Japan and in development-related fields.


Rotary International Global Grants

The Rotary Foundation offers scholarship funding through the Rotary Foundation Global Grant scholarships. The scholarship funds graduate-level coursework or research for one to four academic years. Grants can be used to fund scholarships with sustainable, high-impact outcomes in one of Rotary’s six areas of focus:  Peace and conflict prevention/resolution, Disease prevention and treatment, Water and sanitation, Maternal and child health, Basic education and literacy, and Economic and community development.

The minimum budget for a global grant scholarship is $30,000 which can fund the following: Passport/visa, Inoculations, Travel expenses (as specified in the grant terms and conditions), School supplies, Tuition, Room and board,  Household supplies, Language training courses (but not if university admission is contingent on improvement of language skills).   Most personal and miscellaneous expenses are not covered by the scholarship funding.

are accepted throughout the year and reviewed as they are received.


Margaret Mcnamara Memorial Fund (MMMF)

The MMMF awards education grants on a competitive basis to exceptional women from eligible developing countries who have financial need and are committed to working to empower women and children. Applications are made online at the MMMF website during periods indicated for each program cycle (US/Canada, South Africa and Latin America). Applications are open from September to January.

 Women applying for the MMMF grant must meet all of the criteria listed on the webpage HERE.


Grad Center and Family Center Fellows

Grad Center Fellows work for the Graduate Student Center on an hourly basis. Each fellow staffs the Center, and is in charge of an event program area or a support program area (e.g., the web site).

Family Fellows work for the Family Resource Center on an hourly basis. Family Fellows staff the Family Center, and organizes activities for parents and families.

Admitted students do not need a PennKey or PennID number to fill out the application, but if they are selected for an interview, they should be prepared to state that they are certain that they will be enrolling at Penn if they have not yet officially enrolled.

The applications are due March 31st and interviews will be scheduled for early April.

Please take some time to look over the various fellow opportunities here: