The Sanford School of Public Policy and Duke University recognize the unique challenges international students face in pursuing a US degree in higher education. We strive to provide you with world class assistance and resources.

Sanford School Funding

International students are eligible to receive fellowships, scholarships and assistantships while enrolled. Please also reference the Sanford Financial Aid homepage to assist in navigating to detailed information about financial assistance for your program.


External Funding

Sanford students often secure external fellowship or grant support toward their cost of attendance. We recommend that you investigate resources available both in the United States for international students as well as funding from your country.

Note: If you receive an award from any external source, please notify the Sanford Office of Financial Aid.

Scholarships, Loans & Payments

While most student loans available to international students require a co-signer who is a US citizen or eligible noncitizen, we do have options that are available to students without a US co-signer. 

Another option for international students at Sanford is to borrow student loans from their home country. Please investigate those loan avenues as well through sponsoring organizations and governments in your home country.

We know that financing is important, so we wanted to share that MPOWER Financing and Edward Consulting have launched a $50,000 Scholarship to be awarded to 7 African International students. This scholarship will help empower Africans to pursue their study abroad dreams without financial barriers. The scholarship will target MBA and STEM masters programs only at MPOWER 400+ partner schools in the US and Canada.   

The scholarship application period opened on March 1, 2024, and closes on May 24, 2024. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of June 2024. Are you ready to get started? Click this link to begin your application process. We wish you the best of luck!

You can follow @edward_consulting on Instagram or learn more:



Other sites that may be helpful as you plan for your studies in the US:

  • The Duke International Student Center (DISC) serves Duke’s international students, scholars, their families, and the broader community through advocacy, advising, educational programming, and community building.

Student Employment

Assistantship positions are available to both international and domestic students and all students may apply by the deadline advertised by the Office of Student Affairs. For most programs,  applications open during the spring term of the first year of study.

International students are not eligible for the Federal Work Study program but may pursue Duke Temporary Employment opportunities.  The Sanford Office of Financial Aid  does not have any jurisdiction over who is eligible to apply and be hired.

International students receiving any kind of stipend or salary from the Sanford School of Public Policy or Duke University (including salary from a Sanford assistantship) should review the information from the Duke International Student Center regarding the applicability of taxes and/or obtaining a taxpayer ID.

Check out all our external funding opportunities!

Sanford's External Funding Homepage