Scholarships Administered by ISSS

These scholarships are only available at certain times during the year. Announcements will be made in the ISSS Update listserve, on the ISSS facebook page, or by group emails sent directly from ISSS when applications will be accepted.

Earn While You Learn Scholarships

The University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) and the Executive Council of the Graduate and Professional Students Government (GPSG) offer these scholarships to University of Iowa students who are working at least 15 hours/week to support their studies at the UI. This year they have reserved five (5)  of these $550 scholarship to be awarded to international students.  Students may only receive one award per academic year.  Eligibility will be determined by International Student and Scholar Services based on the criteria listed below.  If there are more qualified applicants than scholarships available, priority will be given to those who demonstrate the most need, as determined by a selection committee.  The award will be applied directly to the recipient's Spring U-Bill.  Applications will not be held over semester to semester, but an applicants may re-apply during the following year.  In order to be eligible for the Earn While You Learn Scholarship, students must:

  • Be a full-time student during the Spring semester in which the scholarship is received (registered for 12 s.h. for undergraduates or 9 s.h. for graduate students)
  • Have a minimum of $500 of unmet financial need
  • Work a minimum of 15 hours per week on-campus (Documentation may be requested)
  • Be in good academic standing with the University of Iowa and maintaining F-1 or J-1 status

The Application for this scholarship is currently closed. All eligible international students will be alerted through the ISSS email listserve when the scholarship becomes available again.


Charles W. Day One-World Scholarships

These two $2500 scholarships were made possible by Dr. Charles Day.  Dr. Day is a retired clinical psychologist and consultant who was raised in Iowa and earned three degrees from the UI (1960 B.A., 1962 M.A., 1964 Ph.D.)  Dr. Day has worked in California, Iowa, and Asia.  In 1986 he moved to India, spending five years teaching psychotherapy and counseling skills to health professionals and teachers, and three more years in Thailand as a Visiting Professor in Psychology.  He  returned to Des Moines in 1994.  Dr. Day's international experiences solidified a desire to help deserving international students study in the U.S. and, by doing so, to contribute to world peace.  The stated purpose of the One World Scholarship Fund is "to promote world peace, understanding, compassion, and harmony among different ethnic and cultural groups through higher education." 

In order to be considered for this scholarship, international students must be undergraduates in good standing enrolled full-time in a degree program at the University of Iowa who demonstrate financial need and are citizens of developing countries. International Student and Scholar Services will award two scholarship of up to $2500 for each Spring and Fall semester. The scholarship amount will be credited directly to the student's U-Bill.  It may be possible to renew the scholarship from one year to the next, provided the following occurs:

  • Student continues to meet the criteria established above
  • Student submits a short renewal application in April; renewal applications and deadlines will be sent to recipients
  • Student understands funding ends with graduation

The Application for this scholarship is currently closed. All eligible international students will be alerted through the ISSS email listserve when the scholarship becomes available again.