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

2016-17 Application for International Students

The University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) and the Graduate and Professional Student Government (GPSG) offer twenty-two $1000 scholarships to selected full-time students currently working in on-campus positions. International Students working 15 hours or more per week during this Fall 2016 semester are eligible to apply for one of five scholarships that have been reserved specifically for international students. In addition, scholarship recipients must also maintain full-time enrollment and on-campus employment of at least 15 hours per week during the Spring 2017 semester. A selection committee will review only fully completed applications submitted via the online form that is available on the ISSS scholarship page (link below). Scholarship funds will be applied directly to a recipient's Spring U-Bill. Students may receive only one Earn While You Learn scholarship per academic year. Since scholarship applications from previous years will not be held for future use, eligible past recipients who choose to apply for this scholarship in subsequent years must complete a new application.


  • Be a full-time F-1 or J-1 student in good standing during Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters.
  • Maintain semester hour registration of 12 for undergraduate or 9 for graduate levels. ​
  • Have current on-campus employment at a minimum of 15 hours per week and the ability to provide documentation if requested.
  • Demonstrate financial need.


The scholarship application consists of a personal statement and several brief questions. Students are encouraged to review the entire application and prompts before composing the personal statement and answering questions. After inserting the prepared personal statement in the appropriate box and answering all questions, the final step will be to submit via the application page. International students must complete the online application using the link on this page.


December 1, 2016, 4:30 p.m.

International Student Earn While You Learn online application

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.