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Financing Your Education

Financial Aid

As set forth on the Tuition and Fees page, attending law school in the United States is a significant financial investment.  At Penn Law, we use every dollar of tuition revenue to support our academic programs.

Merit Scholarships:

Unfortunately, we cannot provide financial assistance to most of our LLM students.  However, in an effort to sustain the exceptional diversity and quality of our LLM program, Penn Law has set aside merit scholarship funds for outstanding candidates with first law degrees from the following countries and regions:

  • Africa 
  • Argentina
  • Olajumoke Oyebode, 2013 recipient of the Imasogie Scholarship for African LLM StudentsOlajumoke Oyebode, 2013 recipient of the Imasogie Scholarship for African LLM StudentsAustralia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China (PRC)
  • European Union 
  • India
  • Israel
  • Japan

In addition, we do consider all outstanding applicants from other countries/regions for merit scholarships

All candidates who have their first law degree from one of the above countries or regions and is interested in being considered for the regional scholarship should send a brief e-mail (100 words or less) to gradadms@law.upenn.edu under the subject heading: “Regional Scholarship Applicant”  setting forth relevant information on the candidate’s professional and academic achievements.  As these awards are made on a merit basis, information regarding an applicant’s financial situation is not relevant in making these determinations.

Fulbright Partnerships - In addition, Penn Law has partnered with Fulbright Belgium and Fulbright France to offer a $25,000 grant for eligible students to pursue the LL.M. degree at the Penn Law. For the Belgium program, eligible students must be a citizen of Belgium or an E.U. country, and must hold a first degree in law from a foreign (non-U.S.) jurisdiction.  For France, eligible students must be citizens of France and must hold a first degree in law from a non-US university.   For both programs, Fulbright will also offer the successful candidate a travel stipend, sickness and accident insurance, J-visa sponsorship, and access to global Fulbright programming.  Students interested in the Belgium Fulbright scholarship should submit a preliminary application form at www.fulbright.be/awards/application-form/ and indicate your intention to apply to Penn Law. To learn more about the Fulbright France program link here and link here for application instructions.

In conjunction with Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Penn Law school offers the Friedrich Kübler Scholarship for students who have received, or will be receiving, their first state’s examination grade following their studies in law at Goethe.  This $40,000 - $50,000 scholarship is available to go toward the payment of tuition and, in part, other related expenses. There is not a separate application for this award, but successful recipients of this scholarship will have demonstrated in their application materials a high level of academic achievement and/or professional experience in law.  This award was founded in memory of Friedrich K. Kübler an internationally recognized expert on corporations, banking and mass media and a beloved faculty member for many years at both Goethe and Penn Law.

All other candidates will automatically be considered for a general merit scholarship should not submit any additional materials.

Human Rights Scholarship

We also offer a human rights scholarship for outstanding students with a substantial, demonstrated commitment to human rights.  Our application requires an additional essay for students interested in applying for a human rights scholarship.  We offer one or two of these scholarships each year, depending upon the depth of the applicant pool.

Because our ability to award assistance is very limited, we encourage you to seek other funding sources to support your education.   Many of our students receive scholarships from their employers, governments, or another third party.  Other students are able to pay their expenses with their own savings or rely on family members for loans.  Still others are able to receive loans or other financial aid from their home country.  Below find information about scholarships and US loans. 

Prospective students should pursue scholarship and other funding opportunities as early as possible.  Most students able to secure outside funding already had commitments or were well into the process at the time they submitted their LLM application. 

Other Funding  Sources           

Loans           

International students who need to borrow money to pay for their LLM and related expenses from an American bank or international bank,  must in general, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident or be able to secure a U.S. co-signor.  Loans from the United States government are generally not available to international students studying in the US. 

There are exceptions to the general rules set forth above. For example, HSBC Bank of India has an international loan program for Indian citizens studying in the United States, see http://www.sfs.upenn.edu/loans/global-student-loan.htm.  Also, in some circumstances, U.S. government aid is been awarded to specific countries for specific purposes. For information on whether this is a possibility, applicants should check with the US embassy located in their country.

Another option is The Rowe Pan-America Fund.  an educational loan program of the Organization of American States (OAS) that helps citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies or research in accredited universities across the United States by awarding interest-free loans of up to $15,000 dollars.  

U.S. government loans and private student loans are available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents based on their credit history. 
 

Scholarships

General Information Websites:

NOTE: Beware of sites that charge a fee to search for scholarships.


www.finaid.com - Link here for excellent information specific to international students seeking to finance a US education. They recommend www.fastweb.com which is free and has good coverage of the awards available for international students.

www.iefa.org – Database of international scholarships.

www.iie.org - An independent not-for-profit founded in 1919, IIE is among the world’s largest and most
experienced international education and training organizations. IIE also administers the Fulbright Scholarship Program.

www.studentawards.com -Search engine for scholarships for Canadian Students.

www.Foreignborn.com -General information on financial aid and scholarships for international students.

www.fundingusstudy.org - A database of grants, fellows, and scholarships complied by the Institute of International Education.

http://www.gdnet.ucla.edu/grpinst.htm -Online database sponsored by UCLA that provides funding opportunities for those seeking graduate and post-doctorate education.

http://www.iefa.org/ - Provides information on loan information, grants, and scholarships for students wishing to study abroad.

http://www.internationalscholarships.com/- An online search engine dedicated to financial aid for international students.

http://www.llm-guide.com/funding-your-llm - A brief guide to funding LLM study.  Includes links to scholarships and grants.

http://www.llmroadmap.com/ - Website for the book LLM Roadmap. Provides links to
LLM funding opportunities.

http://www.llmstudy.com/ - A comprehensive database of LLM information of scholarship resources.

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants - Offers a comprehensive list of scholarship programs that cover a wide range of geographic areas.

Broad-based Scholarships:

www.amideast.org – Offers information surrounding scholarship programs and exchange opportunities for students within the Middle East and North Africa.

www.educationusa.info –Offers opportunity grants for overseas students seeking foreign degrees. Grants cover a wide range of expenses and may not exceed $10,000.  Grants are available for LLM applicants in the following countries:

  • Asia: Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos,
    Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan,
    Uzbekistan
  • Europe: Belarus, Russian Federation, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Middle East & North Africa: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan Lebanon, Morocco, Moan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe
  • Latin America & Brazil: Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala,
    Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela.

www.foreign.fulbrightonline.org–Fulbright - Foreign Students Program. Provides scholarships for US study. LLM applicants should apply through their home country Fulbright Commission or the US Embassy.

www.irex.org/programs/muskie/index.asp – Muski Graduate Fellowship Program. Offers one-year non-degree, one-year degree, or two-year degree study in the US for students living in the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

www.iie.org/en/Programs/Barsa-Scholarships-Program – Barsa Scholarship Program. For Fulbright students living in select South American countries.

http://www.rotary.org/en/StudentsAndYouth/EducationalPrograms/AmbassadorialScholarships/Pages/ridefault.aspx  Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship, offers graduate scholarships for students willing to serve as a goodwill ambassador within their nation of study and give presentations about their own culture to Rotary Clubs and other groups. 

Country Based Scholarships

Latin America/Caribbean

http://www.oas.org/en/rowefund/ - Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund, provides interest-free student loans of up to $15,000 to LLM students seeking to return back to their home country after schooling in the US.

http://www.educoas.org/portal/ - List of fellowships available for students from OAS countries.

http://www.estudar.org.br/?idioma=1 - Offers not only scholarships for Brazilian students studying within the US, but also career development and networking opportunities during and post LLM.

Asia/ South-East Asia

http://www.inlaksfoundation.org/default.aspx - Offers up to $85,000 in scholarships for Indian students seeking two year study abroad.

http://www.dorabjitatatrust.org/id/71/Education-related%20Travel%20Grants/  - J.N. Tata Endowment for the Higher Education, provides grants for Indian students seeking to study abroad.

http://www.cwaj.org/Scholarship/sa.htm - College Women’s Association of Japan, provides scholarships for Japanese women citizens and permanent residents for abroad study.

http://web.worldbank.org/  - Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship Program, funds Japanese students seeking to study abroad in fields relating to human rights, environment, or good governance.

www.ts47.org/download/TSProgramDescription.pdf - Royal Thai Scholars Program, offers funding provided by Thai government for students seeking graduate education at a Western university.

Australia

http://www.fellowshipsfund.com.au/main-menu/fellowships-and-scholarships  Australian Federation of University Women Scholarships and Fellowships, offers several one year grants for students seeking to further their education

Middle East

http://hcediraq.org/HCED_english_website/aboutus.html - High committee for Education Development in Iraq, sponsored by the Iraqi Prime Minister Office, HCED offers full scholarships for one year of intensive English study. Scholarship covers tuition, fees, books, and travel to the United States.

http://www.mhe-krg.org/node/249 - Human Capacity Development Program, Sponsored by the
Kurdistan Regional Government, this opportunity offers full scholarships for up to 6 to 9 months in the United States.

http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/grants/palestinian-rule-law-program - Palestinian
Rule of Law Program, provides scholarships for residents of the Gaza strip or West Bank (including East Jerusalem) pursuing an LLM degree at a US Law School.

http://www.sec.gov.qa/en/secinstitutes/highereducationinstitute/offices/pages/missionsandscholarships.aspx The Qatar Hamid bin Khalifa Al Thani Scholarship, offers funding for graduate education at select universities for Qatar citizens.

http://www.sec.gov.qa/en/secinstitutes/highereducationinstitute/offices/pages/missionsandscholarships.aspx The Qatar Tamin bin Hamad Scholarship, like the Hamid Scholarship, this program offers scholarships to residents of Qatar seeking graduate education, however funding is more limited.

http://www.mohe.gov.sa/en/studyaboard/King-Abdulla-hstages/Pages/default.aspx - King Abdullah Scholarships, funds study for residents seeking LLM study at schools on the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Higher Education’s approved list.

http://www.uae-embassy.org/uae-nationals/students/scholarship-programs/ministry-higher-education-mohe  - Ministry of Higher Education, offers full scholarships for students seeking to pursue an LLM degree in the United States.

Europe/ Eastern-Europe/ North America

http://www.redweb.be/lazard/fr.htm  - Foundation Fernand Lazard, Offers grants and interest-free loans to those who have earned their degree in Belgium and are citizens of the European Union.

http://grad.usask.ca/awards/awardsearch.taf?_function=detail&AwardCategory_uid1=&Awards_uid2=826&AwardsCollegeJoin_uid3=&College_uid4= - Canadian Federation of Women Dr. Alice E. Wilson Awards, offers scholarships of up to $5,000 for women citizens seeking graduate education.

http://www.amscan.org/ - American Scandinavian Foundation, provides up to $500,000 worth of scholarships to Scandinavians for US study every year.

http://www.wemakeithappen.dk/ - Denmark-America & Fulbright Foundation, provides grants for graduate studies and research.

http://www.fondationvocation.org/  - Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet Foundation, provides funding for French students abroad in all fields.

http://www.studienstiftung.de/erp/html - ERP Scholarship, offers a scholarship of up to $25,000 for study within the US after graduating from a German university.

http://www.dajv.de/ - German American Lawyers Association, provides scholarships, grants and information about US LLM programs.

http://www.lawfoundation.org.nz/?page_id=12 - Ethel Benjamin Scholarship, varying scholarships for those seeking to further their education within the legal profession.

http://www.fortunemanning.co.nz/Publications/Yvonne+A+M+Smith+Charitable+Trust.html - Yvonne A. M. Smith Scholarship, for women seeking Doctoral or Masters studies.

http://www.lanekassen.no/ - Norwegian State Education Fund, government sponsored scholarships and loans. 

http://www.tatarstan.americancouncilsnetwork.org/ - Tartstand Higher Education Fellowship Program, sponsored by the American Councils for International Education, this program offers funding for graduate education. Funding covers tuition, fees, books, and a monthly stipend.

http://www.haniel.de/public/en/foundation/Stipendien Haniel Stiftung Scholarships for German students wishing to further their education in the United States.

http://www.thekf.org/scholarships/exchange-us/pecific Scholarships: Fundacja Kościuszkowska Polska, scholarships and grants for Polish students.

http://www.mkingscholarships.ca/index-e.html Mackenzie King Scholarships for Canadian Students, provides scholarships for Canadian students seeking an education in the United States.

Africa

http://www.advance-africa.com/LLM-Scholarships.html -Advance Africa, a list of LLM scholarships for African students wishing to pursue their LLM degree in the United States.

http://www.iie.org/en/Programs/Richard-A-Horovitz-Fund-for-Professional-Development - Richard A. Horovitz Fund, provides one year of graduate funding for students of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Specific Scholarships:

Below are links to sites that have funded our students in the past or have been recommended.  This list is not comprehensive. Your search should be tailored to finding a funding source that is interested in supporting someone with your background and interests.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) is a nationwide network of more than 100,000 members and donors, 1,000 branches, and 600 college/university institution partners. International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not US citizens or permanent residents. Fellowships support graduate or postgraduate studies at accredited institutions.

PEO Sisterhood  provides scholarships for women who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States and Canada.  

Belgian American Educational Foundation provides a generous scholarship for Belgian students doing graduate work in the United States and has funded Penn Law Students.

The European Commission allocates part of the EU budget to grants, including scholarships.

Fondo Student Italiania and The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) - Funds Italian students.

The Fulbright Foreign Student Program enables graduate students, young professionals, and artists from abroad to research and study in the United States for one year or longer at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. Penn Law regularly enrolls Fulbright scholars.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans provides opportunities for continuing generations of New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family. Each award is for up to $25,000 in maintenance grants and up to $20,000 in tuition support for each year of graduate study supported, a total of as much as $90,000.

Rotary International - Interested applicants must apply through a Rotary Club in their legal or permanent residence (or place of full-time study or employment). Applicants must be endorsed by the local club before the application can be forwarded to the next level.

The Thouron Award is a graduate exchange program between British universities and the University of Pennsylvania. This is a generous scholarship that has funded British students at Penn Law in recent years.   

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