Financial Aid Information

When it comes to financing your education, there are a number of options to consider for securing funding. While this list is not exhaustive, it provides links to a variety of resources for learning more about scholarship, fellowship, grant, and loan opportunities through private, non-profit, and governmental sources. International students are encouraged to seek financial aid funds from additional sources in their home countries. Consider contacting the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your home country to inquire about sponsoring organizations and agencies.

 

UCLA School of Law Resources

Dean's Tuition Fellowship Awards

All applicants receive full consideration for our very limited number of Dean's Tuition Fellowship awards. No application is necessary; grantees will be notified by the LL.M. Program after receiving their offer of admission. Awards are granted on both a need-based and merit-based basis, typically in the amount of 25% to 50% of the total cost of tuition. In the "Finances" section of the online LL.M. Program application, you are welcome to bring to the Graduate Studies Committee's attention any additional information that will assist the Committee in making a determination regarding a financial aid award.

Law Library Research Assistant-ships

Research Assistants are occasionally hired to help law professors with their research needs. Students typically work 10 hours per week for a rate of approximately $15.00 to $16.00 per hour. Successful candidates must demonstrate academic excellence as well as research proficiency. The number of positions available in a given year is dependent on the needs of the faculty, and thus is highly variable. In some years, there may be no open positions. Openings for Research Assistant positions are posted with the Office of Career Services, and applications will be accepted after the start of the academic year in August.

Financial Aid Resources for US Citizens and Permanent Residents

Best Schools
Best Schools provides a useful guide on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Resources include a checklist on determining FAFSA eligibility, the types of aid available through FAFSA, how to apply, deadlines, and more.

FinAid
FinAid provides detailed information about scholarships, loans, military aid, and other funding opportunities for U.S. students seeking financial assistance for graduate study.

Financial Aid Resources for International Students

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
AAUW helps women around the globe break through barriers and pursue their dreams of obtaining graduate degrees or making an impact in their communities. International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study in the U.S. to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents in the amount of $18,000 (Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowship).

eduPASS
EduPASS provides financial aid information for international students who plan to pursue higher education in the U.S. This site presents information about how to calculate college costs, scholarships and loans for international students, and other tools and resources for financing education as a foreign student in the U.S.

foreignborn.com
Foreignborn.com serves as a resource for international students who will be entering and living in the U.S. Along with immigration, visa, and health insurance information, the site provides a guide for foreign students seeking financial aid to study in the U.S. in the form of scholarships, grants, loans, and other kinds of financial assistance.

Fulbright Foreign Student Program
The Fulbright Foreign Student Program brings citizens of other countries to the United States for Master’s degree or Ph.D. study at U.S. universities or other appropriate institutions. Foreign students apply for Fulbright Fellowships through the Fulbright Commission/Foundation or U.S. Embassy in their home countries.

Institute of International Education
IIE offers foreign students a “toolkit” of resources for funding study in the U.S., with a focus on sources such as the Fulbright Program, Education USA, and Funding For U.S. Study.

internationalstudentloan.com
InternationalStudentLoan.com provides financial aid resources, articles, videos, and comparison tools to help students navigate their financial aid options. The site offers loan information for international students pursuing study in the U.S.

International Student Organization in the USA (ISO)
ISO provides a detailed list of organizations which offer scholarships and grants to international students based upon factors such as background and area of interest.

Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) International
The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) provides scholarships up to $12,500 for women from other countries for full-time graduate study in the U.S. and Canada.

Postgrad Solutions Global LL.M. Study Bursary

Postgrad Solutions offers two global and U.S. LL.M. study bursaries per year of £500 each to domestic, international, and UK students who have been accepted to an LL.M. Program in the U.S. or abroad. Eligible candidates must have already accepted an offer at the chosen institution where they intend to pursue the LL.M. 

ASIA

Bridgat Technology Limited
The Bridgat Scholarship Program awards merit-based funds in the form of a one-time $6,500 scholarship to graduate students pursuing an advanced degree (either Masters or Doctoral) in any subject at an accredited U.S. institution. Eligible candidates must be citizens of an Asian country.

BELGIUM

The Belgium American Educational Foundation (BAEF)
BAEF offers non-renewable grants to Belgian citizens for one academic year of graduate study in the U.S. The Foundation will pay up to $30,000 for tuition and health insurance at a U.S. institution and $18,000 to cover living and travel expenses.

BRAZIL

Fundação Estudar
Fundação Estudar offers scholarships to Brazilian nationals and citizens who want to further their education by pursuing undergraduate or graduate study in Brazil and abroad.

Instituto Ling
Instituto Ling/EAGV-LLM offers partial scholarships to Brazilians who have been accepted to an LL.M. Program in the U.S. or Europe and can demonstrate a need for funding. Individual amounts of funding vary, but a typical award is approximately $5,000 - $25,000.

CANADA (QUEBEC)

Aide Financière Aux Études
Aide Financière Aux Études provides Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are residents of Quebec with financial assistance for full-time study at an educational institution in or outside of Quebec through the Loans and Bursaries Program. Funding is provided in the form of loans or bursaries in varying amounts.

FINLAND

Finlandia Foundation National P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Studies Fund
The P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Scholarship is open to citizens of Finland who have applied to, been accepted to, or enrolled in an ABA-approved U.S. law school. Typical awards are offered in the amount of $1,000 - $3,000.

FRANCE

White & Case Annual Business Law Scholarship
White & Case LLP awards an annual €40,000 scholarship (split among three students) to economically disadvantaged law students in France to study abroad. This scholarship is unique among law firms in Paris.

ITALY

ASLA-ALMA Joint Scholarship
ASLA (Association of Italian Law Firms) and ALMA (Italian LL.M. Association) jointly award two €5,000 scholarships per year to Italian law graduates seeking to pursue an LL.M. at a U.S. law school.

Italian Student Loan Fund (Fondo per Studenti Italiani)
The Fund offers financial aid to Italian university graduates who wish to attend a post-graduate course (Master of Ph.D.) in the U.S. Financing is awarded at a maximum of €20,000.

LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN

COLFUTURO
COLFUTURO provides Colombian citizens seeking postgraduate study abroad with scholarship-loans of up to $25,000 per year for a maximum study period of two years through the "Crédito Beca" program.

The Rowe Fund (Organization of American States)
The Rowe Fund helps qualified citizens from Latin America and Caribbean OAS Member States finance their studies across the U.S. with awards of interest-free loans of up to $15,000.

NETHERLANDS

WilWeg
WilWeg lists a variety of scholarship programs for study abroad, including the Holland Scholarship and others administered by EP-Nuffic. Study in Holland provides a comprehensive database of grant and scholarship opportunities, within which candidates may search on the basis of awards covering the field of law. The Beursopener search engine additionally provides a listing of over 250 grants and scholarships for Dutch students seeking internships, research opportunities, and positions abroad. 

SCANDINAVIA

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)
ASF offers funding to citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden to pursue study or research programs (typically at the graduate level) in the U.S. for up to one year.

NORAM Scholarships
The Norway-America Association offers stipends to Norwegian citizens for graduate study and research in the U.S. in the amount of $2,000 - $20,000. Up to 35 scholarships are awarded each year, and a maximum of two grants may be received from NORAM for Master's and Ph.D. studies in the U.S.

SCOTLAND

St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York
The Society provides funding in the amount of $20,000 to $30,000 for two Scottish graduate students to study in the U.S. per year. Funds should be used initially against tuition, then board, transportation and other expenses.

SINGAPORE

Kathryn Aguirre Worth Memorial Scholarship
Established with support from White & Case, Standard Chartered Bank, and other donors in Singapore and New York, the scholarship is open to National University of Singapore (NUS) LL.B. graduates who plan to pursue an LL.M. degree at an accredited U.S. law school. The scholarship provides a stipend of up to $15,000.

SPAIN

Fundación Rafael del Pino
This foundation provides limited scholarships per year for Spanish students who plan to pursue graduate-level study in Spain or abroad.

UKRAINE

WorldWideStudies Scholarship
The Victor Pinchuk Foundation's WorldWideStudies Scholarship offers grant awards covering 60% of expenses required to complete a Master's degree abroad up to $30,000. Eligible candidates must be Ukrainian citizens under the age of 35 at the time of enrollment in the degree program.

UNITED KINGDOM

British Universities North America Club (BUNAC)
BUNAC Educational Scholarship Trust (BEST) scholarships offer financial assistance to UK passport holders seeking to undertake postgraduate study in the U.S. or Canada. Individual award amounts vary, but a typical award is in the amount of approximately £5,000 to £10,000.

Please note that the outside funding organizations listed above are not affiliated with or endorsed by UCLA School of Law.

Funding Opportunities for S.J.D. Students

Funding Opportunities for US Citizens:

Eugene V. Costa-Robles Fellowship
Four-year fellowship program supporting PhD students interested in a career in college or university teaching and research. Only open to U.S. citizens.

NBI Law Student Fellowship Program
Offers fellowships for African-American law students to complete a professional law degree. Open only to US citizens and permanent residents, who intend to return to the Black community to practice law once legal training is completed.

NHFA Scholarship
Offers scholarships for US citizens, who are of Hispanic heritage. Must be pursuing entertainment and/or media-related law fields.

Selected Professions Fellowships
Offers one year fellowships for women in male-dominated fields, including law. Must be a US citizen or permanent resident, as well as a graduate or doctoral student.

Funding Opportunities for Non-US Citizens:

Dissertation Fellowships for Republic of China Students Abroad
Offers fellowships to Chinese citizens to support research on topics related to Chinese culture and society, the development of the Republic of China, or Taiwan Studies.

World Wide Studies
Offers scholarships to Ukrainian students to pursue a master's degree outside their home country. Awardees are expected to return to the Ukraine and work in their chosen field for at least 5 years.

Funding Opportunities No Citizenship Requirements:

Alphonse Fletcher, Sr., Fellowship Program
Offers fellowships to students who are working to improving race relations in American society. Scholars at all stages of their career are eligible. No citizenship requirements.

Conference, Research and Professional Development Travel Grant Program
UCLA doctoral students are eligible to request up to $1,000 to reimburse travel expenses for attending professional conferences, engaging in off-campus fieldwork or collaborative research, or taking advantage of off-campus professional development opportunities. Details are available on page 43 in the Graduate Student Financial Support for Continuing Students guide.

Harry Frank Guggenheim Dissertation Fellowships
Offers yearlong fellowships to students writing a dissertation related to human violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects. Only appropriate for students approaching their final doctoral year.

Hilton Initiative Doctoral Training Program
Two year program for enrolled doctoral students. Students will receive advanced methods training for state of the art approaches to understanding what works to reduce poverty, improve health, increase education, and achieve other key goals included in the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Hiroshi Wagatsuma Memorial Fellowships
UCLA Asia Institute's Hiroshi Wagatsuma Memorial Fellowship offers fellowships for UCLA graduate students working on a comparative or cross-cultural thesis or research.

MALDEF Law School Scholarship Program
The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund offers scholarships for Hispanic law school students who are committed to advancing Latino civil rights in their careers. This is a need based scholarship and has no citizenship requirements.

Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Offers fellowships for students in their final dissertation year to support research projects that are original and signification to contributing to knowledge. No citizenship requirements.

Paula Stone Legal Research Fellowship  
Offers fellowships for promising UCLA law students focusing research on women and the law. No citizenship requirements.

S. James Anaya Award for Excellence in International Legal Scholarship - Publishing Opportunity
Recognizes exceptional contributions to the field of international and comparative law through dissertations and other legal writings on the topics of international or comparative law. The winning submission will be published this coming year in the AJICL. Please see application instructions for further details.

More Funding Resources:

For further funding opportunities open to Doctoral students, please visit UCLA Graduate Education's Fellowships, Scholarships & Grants for Entering Students and its main funding resources page.

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