International Undergraduate Student Scholarships

Illinois Tech offers merit scholarships to select international students. Because students are expected to finance their education for the duration of study at Illinois Tech, international students are required to submit the Financial Affidavit of Support to demonstrate their ability or the ability of an individual or government sponsor to finance their education. Tuition and fees may change each year, but you can view them for the current academic year.

You must demonstrate that you or your sponsor have available finances* to meet the educational and living expenses while you are a student at Illinois Tech.

* Minimum dollar amount may vary based on any merit-based scholarships awarded.

Merit Scholarships—Starting at $10,000 annually

Illinois Tech is committed to enrolling a diverse and talented student body. International first-year and transfer students are eligible for a combination of scholarship and grant packages, including merit-based scholarships, a housing award, and Phi Theta Kappa membership, starting at $10,000 annually. Each application is automatically reviewed for merit-based scholarships based on the student's academic success, involvement in the community, and other achievements. No additional application is required.

Dimiter Etimov Scholarship

Bulgarian citizens who are accepted for admission to an Illinois Tech undergraduate program may apply for the Dimiter Etimov Scholarship. Applicants must have graduated from a Bulgarian high school and intend to return to Bulgaria after their studies.
Contact: Professor Alex Nikolov at

Illinois Tech World Robot Olympiad Scholarship

Candidates competing for the Illinois Tech WRO scholarships demonstrate an aptitude for science, technology, and other STEM subjects. WRO scholars are eligible for a merit scholarship award of $25,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate study (five years for architecture).

Learn more about the World Robot Olympiad Scholarship

PLEASE NOTE: If a student earns multiple Illinois Tech merit scholarships throughout the admission process, the university will award the highest merit award for which the student is qualified, but will not combine multiple awards.

Online Funding and Scholarship Databases

Fastweb: Searchable database of scholarships

College Scholarships: Fee-based scholarship application service

Funding for United States Study: Database of more than 500 scholarships, fellowships, and grants for international students, organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education

GrantsNet: Database of grants for training in the sciences and undergraduate science education.

International Education Financial Aid: Free searchable database of more than 800 scholarships and awards for international students, most of which are restricted to use at specific universities Comprehensive listing of grants, scholarships, loan programs, and other financial aid information to assist college and university students in their pursuit to study abroad Database of U.S. higher-education institutions awarding scholarships to international students

Organization of American States’ Leo S. Rowe Fund: This program provides loans of up to $15,000 USD for undergraduate students in their last two years of study or any graduate student; available for citizens of Latin American countries

NAFSA Financial Aid for Undergraduates: This resource provides information primarily for students with nonimmigrant visas (F-1, J-1, etc.); information for permanent residents of the United States also included Advice on how to apply for scholarships

U.S. Department of State—Education USA: Provides support to a network of educational advising/information centers around the world that advise prospective international students and other audiences on higher education and study opportunities in the United States


Fellowship Office of Policy and Global Affairs: Administers pre-doctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowship programs in research-based fields of study

The Foundation Center: Fee-based website for institutional grant-seekers

Institute of International Education (IIE): Offers programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals, and trainees from all sectors, with funding provided by government agencies, foundations, and corporations

International Research and Exchanges Board: Offers various scholarships, fellowships, and grants to international students

MacArthur Foundation: Makes grants through four programs: Human and Community Development, Global Security and Sustainability, the General Program, and the MacArthur Fellows Program

Open Society Institute: Administers merit-based grants to international students

Rockefeller Foundation: Offers grants in four program areas: Food Security, Health Equity, Creativity and Culture, and Working Communities

Rotary Foundation: Offers a broad range of humanitarian, intercultural, and educational programs and activities designed to improve the human condition and advance the organization's ultimate goal of world understanding and peace

Social Science Research Council Fellowship: Provides support and professional recognition to innovators within fields, and especially to younger researchers whose work and ideas will have longer-term impact on society and scholarship

PLEASE NOTE: If a student earns multiple Illinois Tech merit scholarships throughout the admission process, the university will award the highest merit award for which the student is qualified, but will not combine multiple awards.