Below you will find the current funding opportunities for SIS students (graduates and undergraduates).

Any additional funding opportunities specific to a single master's degree can be found on that program's site.

Available Funding Opportunities
Application Deadline Opportunity Name Award Range Criteria
February 23, 2022 Abdul Aziz Said Phi Epsilon Pi Scholarship $2,000 The Abdul Said Phi Epsilon Scholarship provides a $2,000 award to deserving undergraduate sophomore students enrolled full-time in a degree program at SIS. Applicants must submit a written essay illustrating their demonstrated efforts to enhance the environment of diversity at the university and beyond. Recipients should have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and, if applicable, a TOEFL score of 600 or higher. Eligible students will be contacted via email each spring when the application cycle opens. Email with questions.
March 31, 2022 Alan H. Fleischmann and Dafna Tapiero Fleischmann Internship Fund $2,500-$5,000. The Alan H. Fleischmann and Dafna Tapiero Fleischmann Internship Fund is awarded each year by the SIS Office of Career Development to an undergraduate student who obtains a summer internship. To be considered, you must be enrolled as an SIS major at the time of your internship; have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA; and secure a summer internship no later than May 15. A call for applications is sent by email in late February with application materials, including an online form and personal statement, due by March 31. At this time, funding is available for the summer semester only. Email the SIS Career Office for more information.
February 23, 2022 Alice Gale Johnson Scholarship $1,250 The Alice Gale Johnson scholarship is awarded in a student's sophomore year. Eligible applicants will have attained a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, completed a minimum of 30 credits per year, and meet the University requirements for financial assistance. This scholarship is renewable for recipients who continue to meet these criteria. Eligible students will be contacted via email each spring when the application cycle opens. Email with questions.
February 23, 2022 Charles L. and Dora E. DeLong Scholarship $2,000 This scholarship is established in honor of the Reverend Charles L. and Dora E. DeLong, by Dennett and Elizabeth Guthrie. The purpose of this award is to provide $2,000 to a deserving sophomore, junior, or senior student enrolled full-time in a degree program at SIS. Eligible students will be contacted via email each spring when the application cycle opens. Email with questions.
February 23, 2022 Class of 1967 Prize Up to $1,000. The scholarship supports the achievements of an international SIS undergraduate student who exemplifies the ideals of the school. Eligible students will be contacted via email each spring when the application cycle opens. Email with questions.
Not applicable Ernest S. and Margaret D. Griffith Scholarship $5,000 Awarded annually to support incoming first-year students who best exemplify the School of International Service's commitment to public service and exhibit academic excellence. All students who apply to American University and indicate SIS as their degree of interest are automatically considered for the Ernest S. and Margaret D. Griffin Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded based on your original application to the undergraduate program.
TBA Jack Child Latin American Studies Endowed Scholarship Fund TBA Funds fellowships at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in the field of Latin American Studies. Email with questions.
October 15, 2022 Leon E. Clark Endowed Fellowship $5,000 The Leon E. Clark Endowed Fellowship sponsors research on development issues with a “cultural” lens. Each year, the Fellowship finances the independent study projects of one current International Development and/or Development Management student with a focus on Latin America and the sociocultural and political dimensions of development. Students will be notified via email in late fall when the application cycle opens. Email the ID Program Coordinator with questions.
February 23, 2022 Marion Purcell Memorial Scholarship $300 The purpose of the Marion Purcell award is to provide a $300 award to a deserving full-time sophomore, junior, or senior student enrolled in the School of International Service who demonstrates compassion and understanding of others. Eligible students will be contacted via email each spring when the application cycle opens. Email with questions.
October 22, 2022 Matthew C. Schlonsky Memorial Award $2,500 The School of International Service Matthew C. Shlonsky Memorial Fund for the District of Columbia was established by Dean James Goldgeier in 2015 in memory of Matthew C. Shlonsky, SIS/BA '14. The fund will support SIS faculty and students who wish to draw on their international affairs research to address challenges facing the District of Columbia and will be administered by the SIS Office of Research. Contact SIS Research for more information on how to apply.
February 23, 2022 Matthew and Cynthia Warshaw Endowment $2,500 The purpose of the Matthew and Cynthia Warshaw Scholarship is to provide $2,500 to a first-generation student who meets the University’s eligibility requirement for financial assistance. Recipients must be enrolled full-time in a degree program at SIS and be in good academic standing. The award is renewable for students who continue to meet these criteria. Eligible students will be contacted via email each spring when the application cycle opens. Email with questions.
March 31, 2022 Mehdi Heravi Internship Fund $1,500-$3,000. The Mehdi Heravi Internship Fund is awarded each year by the SIS Office of Career Development to a current graduate student who obtains a summer internship. To be considered, you must be enrolled in an SIS master's program at the time of your internship; have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA; and secure a summer internship no later than May 15. A call for applications is sent by email in late February with application materials, including an online form and personal statement, due by March 31. At this time, funding is available for the summer semester only. Email the SIS Career Office for more information.
Fall deadline: October 15, 2022; Spring deadline: March 1, 2023. Millidge P. Walker and Irene Tinker Endowed Graduate Fellowship Up to $5,000. The Tinker Walker Fellowship provides awards of up to $5,000 each to current International Development and Development Management students pursuing research projects, practicum research, internships, and co-ops. Students will be notified via email when each application cycle opens. Email the ID Program Coordinator with questions.
March 31, 2022 School of International Service Internship Fund $2,500 The SIS Internship Fund is awarded each year by the SIS Office of Career Development to provide financial assistance to current SIS students who obtain an unpaid summer internship to enhance their academic experience and future career prospects. A call for applications is sent by email in late February with application materials, including an online form and personal statement, due by March 31. At this time, funding is available for the summer semester only. Email the SIS Career Office for more information.
Rolling admission Steven Arnold Innovative Small Grant Fund Up to $1,500. The Steven Arnold Innovative Small Grant Fund provides students in the International Development and Development Management programs with small grants for an innovative idea that is helpful to communities, to the student’s professional development, to the International Development program, and/or the field of development as a whole. Students will be notified via email when each application cycle opens. Email the ID Program Coordinator with questions.
October 15, 2022 Walter Sherwin Award for Excellence and Service $5,000 This annual award provides $5,000 in spring semester tuition to a student who has completed their first year of study in the International Development or Development Management program. The two main criteria are academic excellence and a record of effective and active service to outside communities and/or relevant student organizations. Students will be notified via email in early fall when the application cycle opens. Email the ID Program Coordinator with questions.
October 15, 2022 David Hirschmann Award $5,000 The David Hirschmann Award is distributed annually to a second-year International Development or Development Management student from a developing country who has achieved an excellent academic record and demonstrated a commitment to community service. The Award provides $5,000 to be used for spring semester tuition. Students will be notified via email in early fall when the application cycle opens. Email the ID Program Coordinator with questions.
Rolling admission SIS Student Emergency Fund Typical awards range between $250-$1,500. The SIS Student Emergency Fund has been established to provide financial assistance when an SIS undergraduate or graduate student encounters unexpected, immediate, and temporary personal hardship that puts at risk their ability to successfully progress in their classes toward degree completion and fulfill other commitments at AU. See full details. Email with questions.
TBA SIS Undergraduate Study Abroad Support Fund Up to $3,000 for semester programs, and up to $1,000 for alternative break, winter, or summer programs. The purpose of the SIS Undergraduate Study Abroad Support Fund is to provide financial assistance to support non-tuition study abroad expenses to AU degree-seeking undergraduate students in SIS. Awardees must be in good academic and judicial standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Grants may be used toward a single semester, summer, winter break, or alternative break program abroad. Preference will be given to students with financial need. Students will be notified via email when each application cycle opens. Email with questions.