266 Grants and Non-Merit Scholarships

Grants and Non-Merit Scholarships

As you may already know grants are different from scholarships. When scholarships are usually merit-based or competition-based, grants are usually given to those who has a financial need or grants are directed for a particular area of study or group of people. One type of grants, like an enormous variety of federal grants from highly prestigious organizations like the NIH, the DOE, the NSF, the EPA, and NASA, are given for the schientific researches to groups of scientists working on a particular problem. Other type of grants like the Federal Pell Grant or the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), are awarded based on the student’s demonstrated financial need. These grants typically come from the federal government, state governments and colleges and universities, but may also come from corporations, institutions and foundations.

There are actually just four main types of grant funding. We give descriptions and examples of competitive, formula, continuation, and pass-through grants to give you a basic understanding of funding structures as you do your search for possible sources of financial aid.

Competitive Funding - also known as discretionary funding, competitive funding is a process of proposal selection based on the evaluation of a reviewer or team of reviewers. Funding is based on the merits of the application, and recipients are not pre-determined.

Formula Funding. In contrast to competitive funding, formula grants are given to pre-determined recipients. Non-competitive awards are usually allocated to eligible entities according to population and/or other census criteria, and all applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the application process are entitled to receive money. In many instances, formula funds are distributed from the federal level to states. States then determine the process to be used to award funds to local jurisdictions.

Continuation funding grant programs offer current award recipients the option of renewing grants for the following year. Some programs are restricted to existing grantees only, while others invite applications from current grantees and new applicants. Often, current grantees are awarded extra points during the review process for being a current grant recipient. Since priority is often given to continuing applicants, if you are a new applicant, you should consider entering into a partnership with a currently funded entity.

Pass-Through grants are funds given by the federal government to the states for further distribution to local governments. Under this funding structure, states may disburse federal funds to eligible local jurisdictions through formula allocations or open competitions.

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Meiji University Special Grant for International Students in Japan

The successful students will be subsidized for either 50% or 100% of their tuition fees at Meiji University. Application Deadline: The same date as the application deadline of the admission exam you plan to apply. ... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  The same date as the application deadline of the admission exam you plan to apply.
  •  Japan
  • $$  50% or 100% of their tuition fees

New Zealand International Student Grants at Victoria University of Wellington

The applicants that are selected for this application will be given NZ$10,000 in two instalments of NZ$5,000 in first and second year each towards the tuition fee of the applied undergraduate or postgraduate programme. ... more details

  •  Master, Bachelor
  •  01-Aug-2021
  •  New Zealand
  • $$  NZ$10,000

FORMAS International Network Grants in Sweden

Winners will receive up to SEK 200,000 for network expenses in 2022. The funds can be used for up to six months after the project ends. The application’s budget must indicate how the funds will be used in the project.     ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  02-Sep-2021
  •  Sweden
  • $$  200,000 SEK

Root foundation grants in Rwanda

Root Foundation will provide the  School fees, school materials and health insurance for students.... more details

  •  Course
  •  Open
  •  Rwanda
  • $$  School fees, school materials and health insurance

Emergency Grant for International Students at Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

The selected non-EU nationals will be provided funding towards the cost of study in Germany at LUH and residence permit by the university.... more details

  •  Diploma, Bachelor, Master, Grant
  •  15-Jul-2021
  •  Germany
  • $$  Tuition fee

Karimjee Jivanjee foundation grants in Tanzania

Karimjee Jivanjee Foundation will provide the educational fund for students to pursue undergraduate and a graduate degrees in Tanzania.... more details

  •  Diploma, Bachelor, Grant
  •  17-Sep-2021
  •  Tanzania
  • $$  Educational fund

Limkokwing foundation grants for International Students in Malaysia

The winning candidates of this application will receive as low as 20% and as high as 50% discount on tuition fee of the applied diploma or degree programmes depending upon the tenure of the staff the applicant is related to, for one year or more. ... more details

  •  Diploma, Bachelor, Grant
  •  Open
  •  Swaziland
  • $$   Tuition fee

Full Tuition Fee Grant for International Students at University of Helsinki, Finland

The selected applicants are liable to receive 18,000 EURO from the University of Helsinki towards the tuition fee of the applied Master’s degree programme for up to 2 years of study. ... more details

  •  Master, Grant
  •  01-Nov-2021
  •  Finland
  • $$  18,000 EURO

Goh foundation grants for International Students at Duke NUS Medical School, Singapore

The Duke–NUS Medical School will provide the winner candidates S$20,000 per annum up to a maximum of 4 years to cover tuition fees, miscellaneous and living expenses, and other costs or expenses associated with studying at Duke–NUS.... more details

  •  Bachelor, Master, Grant
  •  01-Aug-2021
  •  Singapore
  • $$  S$20,000

Need-based grants for International Students at Skidmore College, USA

Skidmore College will present the winners financial aid awards towards their course of study at Skidmore College for the complete duration of study. ... more details

  •  Diploma, Bachelor, Grant
  •  01-Nov-2021
  •  United States
  • $$  Tuition Fee

Starr International foundation grants at University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

The University of St. Gallen will give the winning students a sum of CHF 20,000 towards their overall cost of study at the university in Switzerland for the whole term of the programme.... more details

  •  Master, Grant
  •  01-Nov-2021
  •  Switzerland
  • $$  CHF 20,000

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High Potential Students International Grant at RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Under this grant, the university will provide the selected students with a cover upto 50% on the total payable amount of the tuition fee of the chosen course of study at RWTH Aachen University. ... more details

  •  Master, Grant
  •  01-Jul-2021
  •  Germany
  • $$  Tuition fee

Academic Grants for International Students at Texas Christian University, USA

Overall GPA* ACT Score (when used) Chancellor’s Scholarship (Full tuition for four years) 4.0 34 1500 Dean’s Scholarship ($25k per year) 3.94 – 4.0 32 – 34 1360 – 1500 Faculty Scholarship ($22k per y... more details

  •  Bachelor, Grant
  •  01-Nov-2021
  •  United States
  • $$   Up to full tuition fee

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