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 Assistantships
Research Assistants are 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 U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents
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
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 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.
Institute of International Educationhttp://www.iie.org/en/Students
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.
International Student Organization of America (ISOA)http://www.isoa.org/list_scholarships.aspx
ISOA provides a detailed list of organizations which offer scholarships and grants to international students based upon factors such as background and area of interest.
Financial Aid Opportunities for International Students
Fulbright Foreign Student Programhttp://foreign.fulbrightonline.org/
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 for Humane Studieshttp://www.theihs.org/
The Institute for Humane Studies offers Humane Studies Fellowships to individuals who intend to pursue full-time graduate study and have demonstrated a research interest in the intellectual and institutional foundations of a free society. Applications are considered from outside the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, but fellowships are generally awarded to applicants who live or study in those countries. Fellowships are awarded in the amount of $2,000 to $15,000.
FOR WOMENAmerican Association of University Women (AAUW)http://www.aauw.org/learn/fellowships_grants/international.cfm
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).
Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) Internationalhttp://www.peointernational.org/
The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund provides scholarships up to $10,000 for women from other countries for full-time graduate study in the U.S. and Canada.
BELGIUMThe Belgium American Educational Foundation (BAEF)http://www.baef.be/documents/fellowships-for-belgian-citizens.xml?lang=en
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 $16,000 to cover living and travel expenses.
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/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 - $10,000.
Aide Financière Aux Étudeshttp://www.afe.gouv.qc.ca/en/index.asp
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.
ITALYItalian Student Loan Fund (Fondo per Studenti Italiani)http://www.fondostudentiitaliani.it/bulletin.htm
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 €15,000.
LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEANThe Rowe Fund (Organization of American States)https://www.oas.org/en/rowefund/
The Rowe Fund helps 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.
SCANDINAVIAAmerican-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)http://www.amscan.org/study_in_america_details.html
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.
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.
SCOTLANDSt. Andrew’s Society of the State of New Yorkhttp://www.standrewsny.org/standrews/content/scholarship-program
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.
UNITED KINGDOMBritish Universities North America Club (BUNAC)http://www.bunac.org/uk/bunac/scholarships&awards
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.