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Sources of Funding for US students

While funding for international study is fairly limited and competitive, there is a range of options available to you. The list below provides some suggestions for alternative sources of funding. Scholarships for US students are often available from US chapters of alumni associations and international organisations.

Federal Loans for study at Queen's University Belfast

Many US students who are unable to secure a scholarship opt to finance their studies at Queen's through US Federal Loans.  Queen's is approved by the US Department of Education for participation in the William D Ford Federal Direct Loan Programme.

Graduate students may apply for Stafford and Graduate Plus loans to cover the full cost of attendance at Queen's, including tuition, housing, personal expenses, airfare, etc.

Undergraduate students may also apply for Stafford loans, and their parents may apply for Parent Plus loans.

For further guidance on applying for Stafford and Plus loans, please see the University’s Federal Loan guidelines or contact Queen's International at 

Fulbright Scholarships

In 2011-12, two Fulbright funded scholars, Caleb Hamman and Kyle Inman, are studying for postgraduate qualifications in the School of History and Anthropology. Information on how to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship can be found here.

The Fulbright Commission offers one-year scholarships for graduate study at any UK university. the scholarship is designed to support studies that will promote and strengthen the US-UK relationship. Scholarships include University Tuition Scholarships and 2-3 Year Fulbright Jointly Funded Scholarships. Visit US/UK Fulbright Awards

The British Council

The British Council website in Washington is frequently updated with new scholarships for US citizens so it's a good idea to keep visiting the site.

Marshall Scholarships

This is a prestigious scholarship scheme offering 40 awards to US students (who have a BA) for study at any UK university. The Scholarship covers two years of full funding (tuition, living expenses, airfare) and scholars must gain a degree within that time. Visit or contact 1 800 488 2235 E-mail:

George Mitchell Scholarships

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship is a national competitive fellowship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. The Mitchell Scholarship, named to honor the former U.S. Senator’s pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership, and a commitment to public service and community. Full details at: George Mitchell Scholarships website.

Scholarships for North American Students

Please follow the link that will provide you with information on Scholarships for North American Students (America and Canada)

Savings and Discounts

As an international student, you are eligible to work part-time (up to 20 hours/week) during term time and full time (up to 40 hours/week) during vacations. In addition, shorter courses, free health care through the national health service and student discounts also help to keep costs low.

Tuition Fees

International Tuition Fees In 2011-12 the tuition fee for a taught MA is £10,730. The fees for a PhD are £10,730 per annum over three years.

School Postgraduate Funding 

UK/EU and Overseas Residents should also consult our main School Postgraduate Funding page