Nursing scholarships for international students are awarded by universities in the United States and abroad to students who would like to pursue nursing degrees in another country.

The terms “scholarship”, “tuition waiver” and “grant” are used interchangeably by the colleges and universities cited in this article.

These awards are only a small sampling of available awards.

Scholarships From Private Organizations and Professional Associations

Emergency Nursing Foundation Grant

The Emergency Nursing Foundation awards a $6,000 grant to one masters, post-graduate or post-doctoral nursing student from anywhere in the world who wants to do research in the area of emergency nursing. For more information contact the Emergency Nursing Foundation.

Nursing School Scholarship

Straightforward Media awards a $500 scholarship four times per year to a high school student or college student pursuing a career in nursing. Students from all countries are eligible to apply. Visit the Straightforward Media website for more information.

Medical Professions Scholarship

Straightforward Media also awards one scholarship to a student working towards a bachelors, masters or doctoral degree in nursing. Awards are made every three months. Recipients receive $1,000 per quarter. Students from all countries are eligible to apply. Visit the website for more information.

Foundation for Science and Disability-Student Grant

This scholarship is for students with a physical disability who are studying math, medicine and health sciences (including nursing), engineering or science. The $1,000 graduate award can be used at any college or university in the world:

Scholarships From Colleges and Universities

University of Wellington Victoria PhD Scholarships

This scholarship is open to students throughout the world who plan to complete a doctorate degree in nursing or another discipline. The award is NZ$20,000 per year. Twenty awards based on academic merit are made each year. For further information visit the University of Wellington website.

Culver-Stockton College International Student Scholarship

Twenty undergraduate scholarships of up to $16,000 USD per year are awarded to students throughout the world. The applicant must be accepted to the university prior to applying for the scholarship. Culver-Stockton College offers a wide variety of academic disciplines, including nursing. For more information visit

International Student Tuition Waiver

This waiver is awarded to any international student who is admitted to Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, and is pursuing an undergraduate degree in any major offered by the college, including nursing. The award is for $5,555 per year. For more information visit the Slippery Rock University website.

Graceland University International Student Grant

Twelve scholarships are awarded to international students admitted to Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, to pursue an undergraduate degree in any major, including nursing. The amount of the award varies. For further information visit

Scholarships with Service Obligations

The Global Scholarship Alliance

Global Scholarship Alliance (GSA) is the premier international nursing scholarship organization. The primary aim of GSA is to raise the standing of the nursing profession around the world, lessen the global nursing shortage and create sustainability in nursing worldwide. To this end the GSA has two scholarship programs. Both have a service obligation following completion of the educational program. Recipients agree to go to school full-time and work part-time in a clinical setting, as well.

Eligibility Requirements

The applicant must have completed a registered nurse degree program that lasted at least three years. He or she must have a current license, have gone through clinic and theory classes during training to be a registered nurse. One year of post-graduate acute care experience is also required.

The Scholarship Package

Scholarships are fully-funded; tuition, books and fees are all paid by GSA. Scholarship recipients are also provided with a laptop computer. GSA also assists with relocation expenses to the United States. During training, students are paid for their time when they are doing practical training in a hospital.


The Cultural Exchange Programs

This program was created to increase the numbers of nurse educators in developing countries around the world. Following the program’s completion, the recipient of this award returns to his or her own country and works for at least two years as a nurse educator.

Home Country Scholarship Programs

Recipients of the Home Country scholarship agree to work in their own country following completion of the educational program. He or she will work for a minimum of one year as a nurse educator.

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