As the application deadline approaches, we know you have many questions regarding the admissions process, fellowships, and many other topics. To help answer your questions, our office will be hosting a variety of online programs throughout December and January.
Online information sessions will include a short presentation regarding the topic noted and additional time to ask take questions from the audience.
Online Office Hours allow you to chat with an admissions director and ask questions you would have asked via email or a phone call. It is a quick and easy way to receive an immediate response.
If you would like to attend any of the sessions below, please complete the RSVP form at go.gwu.edu/esia14online. Soon after you RSVP, we will send instruction on how to join the session.
In case you didn’t get our email, checkout our advice for October to make sure you are on the path to complete your application!
|October: The Investigative Phase|
|1. Visit Campus
The Elliott School offers information sessions most Mondays and Fridays at 11:00am at the Office of Graduate Admissions. We are also hosting an upcoming open house Tuesday, November 5th from 6-8pm.
Tip: If you can’t make it to campus, do the next best thing: attend an online information session!
2. Ask for letters of recommendation
Make sure to choose people who have a working knowledge of your skills and attributes and can speak to your potential as a graduate student at the Elliott School, including at least one academic reference. Start your online application now and complete the reference section, and make sure to save it. This will send notifications to your recommenders regarding instructions to how to submit their letter online.
Tip: Sending the reference letters out to your recommenders early will give them plenty of time to submit their letters before the deadline.
3. Register for the GRE’s and TOEFL (if necessary).
Spots will begin to full up as most application deadlines approach. Register today to reserve your seat!
Tip: Start studying now! Keep in mind that the Elliott School takes your best score, so you can take the tests more than once before you submit your application.
4. Research outside funding!
While applications submitted by January 15 will be automatically considered for Elliott School fellowships, there are many additional opportunities available through GW and third party providers.
Tip: Check out GW’s Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships and also do a preliminary internet search to see what is available!
In recent past we have posted information about international student application requirements and TOEFL/IELTS requirements. However, we are receiving many questions regarding fellowships/scholarships for international students, so we thought it would be appropriate to take this opportunity to provide resources for finding funding.
1) International applicants are considered for Elliott School fellowships. As long as an application is submitted and complete by January 15 (we do not consider Spring applicants for fellowships) it will be automatically considered for merit-based fellowships. These fellowships range in amount however none of them cover the full cost of tuition. If awarded a fellowship it will be applied to your account for four semesters (Fall/Spring/Fall/Spring) as long as you remain in good academic standing (3.0 GPA).
*Fellowship recipients are at the top of the applicant pool. They often exceed the average test scores, GPA, and work experience measures of the application. You can find out more about those averages through our candidate profile.
2) GW also has a plethora of resources to help international students secure funding. Some of the fellowships available through GW require a separate application. Please be aware of any deadlines or extra materials you may need to submit.
3) Third party resources like EducationUSA can provide incredible information and resources as well. Reach out to your nearest advising center and ask about any scholarships or fellowships available to students of your country studying in the United States, a specific field, or with your background. The advisors are wonderful resources.
While there are many resources available to international students, it is also important to recognize what the Elliott School/GW does not provide.
1) Teaching Assistantships: All teaching assistants at GW are doctoral students. Since the Elliott School does not have any doctoral programs, we are unable to hire our students as TA’s.
2) Federal financial aid (including work study): If a student is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, he/she is unable to apply for federal financial aid or work study funding.
We hope this has been helpful, but if you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As you can easily see through our previous Summer Series posts, Elliott School students travel around the world during the summer months. Incoming students are no different. Shirley Hsieh is an incoming M.A. student in the International Trade and Investment Policy program. Shirley recently graduated from the Elliott School with her B.A. and is spending part of the summer in Taiwan. Shirley received one of the many grants coordinated or advertised by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies.
The post below was originally submitted to Asia on E Street, a blog overseen by the Sigur Center, featuring student experiences, research, and other relevant information. It was published on June 26, 2013.
Shirley in Taiwan
During my first 2 weeks in Taipei studying at National Taiwan Normal University, I find myself mainly commuting around the city with Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit System or simply known as ‘MRT’. The MRT system is a cheap, convenient and efficient way of transportation throughout Taipei and New Taipei city. It is similar to DC’s metro system (albeit cleaner and more frequent trips) consisting of 97 stations and 70 miles of track. The MRT is my main mode of transportation to and fro classes, city explorations and safely back home.
Another significant attribute of Taipei’s MRT is the use of each station space and passageway to support the works of local artists and the city’s creative aesthetics. In many busy stations, art works are exhibited within the station’s infrastructure to educate and aesthetically please commuters and travelers alike.
My first stop takes me to Zhongxiao Fuxing station. Two art exhibitions are displayed on either sides of the station’s passageway with one exhibition on traditional Chinese ink painting and the other mirroring a gospel oil painting exhibition by a local, deaf artist. These two art exhibitions juxtapose each other in many ways— the traditional technique of calligraphy against the Western oil painting technique – capturing both the traditional and modern spirit of this city.
My second MRT art exhibition stop is at the Nangang station which features the works of Taiwanese illustrator, Jimmy Liao. Liao’s work comes from his best-selling illustrated book, “The Subway” with six of his pieces incorporated into the station’s entrance, exits of escalators, passageways and on platform walls. The exhibition portrays former industries in Nangang and takes the audience on a nostalgic journey either to a childlike fantasy or back to their childhood memories of living in the local community.
Not only does Taipei’s MRT system provide a convenient and efficient mode of transportation to take me to my Chinese class and safely back home, but the use of these public spaces to support the works of local artists is creatively ingenious. I will continue riding the MRT and exploring this beautiful city through my linguistic journey through Taiwan.
Shirley Hsieh, M.A. International Trade and Investment Policy 2015,
Sigur Center 2013 Chinese Language Fellow,
National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan.
If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, you are eligible to apply for federal loans and work study to help finance some of the costs of graduate school.
To apply, please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) through the U.S. Department of Education at fafsa.ed.gov. You must select GW as a recipient of your application by using code 001444 in Step 6 of the FAFSA.
To ensure timely notification of your federally awarded package, please submit your FAFSA no later than February 28. Please do not wait for an admission decision before you fill out the 2013-2014 FAFSA.
If you need additional information, please visit the GW Office of Student Financial Assistance website.
The George Washington University is pleased to accept applications for The Carlos Slim Scholarship, the result of a partnership between the Fundacion Carlos Slim and the university. The Carlos Slim Scholarship creates an elite leadership development initiative for Mexico’s very best graduate students in the disciplines of engineering, business, and international affairs.
Mr. Carlos Slim is an international business leader committed to improving the human condition by alleviating poverty, improving healthcare, and investing in Mexico’s young scholars. The George Washington University enjoys an outstanding, international academic reputation and a unique location in the heart of the US nation’s capital.
The Slim Scholars’ focus will be global with a special emphasis on issues relevant to Mexico’s leadership role in the world. Slim Scholars will have the opportunity to build relationships with George Washington leadership, international economic institutions, and influential political and thought leaders while gaining practical skills to prepare them for leadership responsibilities in Mexico.
Among the benefits Slim Scholarship recipients will enjoy:
- An assigned advisor to guide educational experience
- A mentor to oversee practical experience
- Two additional elective courses
- Full access to graduate career development offices
- Intense leadership training and team-building activities
Additional hands-on learning will be provided via special summer internships, travel opportunities to key US cities, and a variety of culturally enriching programs. These intellectually robust experiences will help students understand the significance of leadership and communication in influencing public policy on many fronts, including immigration, healthcare, and poverty.
- The recipient must be a graduate student that has applied for admission in a graduate program in the School of Business, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, or the Elliott School of International Affairs
- The recipient must be a citizen of the country of Mexico
- The recipient must have a meritorious academic record as evidenced by his/her undergraduate GPA and as measured by her/his performance on relevant entrance exams
- The recipient must have demonstrated prior leadership experience either in their career or through undergraduate activities.
- The recipient may be required to successfully complete an interview process.
To learn more about specific program application deadlines contact:
-Dr. Javier Antonio Elguea, President , Technological Institute, TELMEX, Parque Via 190-piso 15, Col. Cuauhtemoc, Mexico D.F. CP 06599, P: 5222-5312, JELGUEA@telmex.com
-Elliott School Graduate Admissions: 1957 E St., NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20052, USA, 202-994-7050, email@example.com
The George Washington University has increased its financial assistance for graduate student-veterans for the 2012-2013 academic year. Through the federally-sponsored Yellow Ribbon Program, U.S. colleges and universities have the opportunity to fund tuition expenses that exceed a base amount paid by the government. GW contributes up to 50 percent of the student-veterans’ additional expenses, an amount that is matched by Veterans Affairs. For the 2012-2013 school year, the university will provide up to $5,500 for graduate students.
“We are pleased to build upon GW’s leadership in providing education benefits for individuals with military experience,” said Andrew Sonn, Ed.D.’09, assistant vice president for GW’s Student and Academic Support Services Division. “This also carries on the GW tradition of GI Bill participation that began with the first 1944 GI Bill recipient Don A. Balfour (A.A. ’44, B.A. ’45) and continues to the present day.”
This year, more than 900 student-veterans are enrolled at GW, including more than 400 who have applied to the Yellow Ribbon Program. About 70 percent of those students are enrolled in graduate programs. There will be no cap on the number graduate Yellow Ribbon students that the university will support. The university has also reallocated its funding to enable student-veterans to receive Yellow Ribbon tuition benefits during the summer semester. This year-round allocation is particularly important because it enables student-veterans to maintain their VA housing benefit, which depends on their status as a full-time student.
GW has earned accolades for its commitment to veterans, including being named a top “military friendly” school by GI Jobs magazine and ranked 16 out of 100 colleges – and second for private schools – in the Military Times’ “best for vets” college ranking.
“GW’s commitment to veterans is apparent by its commitment to the Yellow Ribbon Program. Participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program at GW opens doors for so many veterans who are leaving the service and want to continue their education at one of the top institutions in the country,” said Tommy Davis, president of GW Veterans. “GW was the first university to accept the original GI Bill for veterans, and it is continuing the legacy of support for veterans in the Yellow Ribbon Program.”
from GW Today, May 2012
Applicants to the Elliott School interested in financial aid need to apply. US Citizens and permanent residents are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for need-based aid and to receive federal student loans. Visit the FAFSA website for complete instructions and to apply. The GW code is 001444.
GW’s priority deadline–which means you will receive your aid package in early April–is February 18.
All applicants who applied by January 15 will be considered for merit-based fellowships regardless of FAFSA submission.
A comprehensive list of nearly 100 European/Eurasian government and private foundation scholarships for study in the U.S. is available on the EducationUSA online resources page: Funding Opportunities for Study in the US for Students from Europe and Eurasia.
- The Luys Foundation (Armenia) provides financial support, mentoring and other services to Armenian students aged 18-40 attending the world’s leading universities.
- Civil Service Awards (Georgia) support graduate study in the United States leading to Master’s degrees in public health, environmental policy, and related public policy fields.
- Republic of Tatarstan Higher Education Fellowship Program (Russia) awards highly qualified students full fellowships for graduate-level study in the U.S. Funded by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Tatarstan and administered by American Councils for International Education.
- The Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program provides fellowships for master’s degree-level study to emerging leaders from Eurasia for study in the United States. Eligible fields of study include: business administration, economics, education, environmental policy and management, international affairs, journalism and mass communication, law, library and information science, public administration, public health and public policy.
Start looking now for your graduate study fellowship opportunities!
The Elliott School of International Affairs considers all MA and MIPP applicants who submit a complete application by January 15 for competitive, merit-based tuition awards. There is no separate application for these fellowship awards; simply submit all required application materials by January 15th.
GW’s Office of Graduate Student Assistantships and Fellowships
is a good place to begin your search for other types of funding opportunities as well. They have information on: