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UC Merced International Student Scholarship

UC Merced invites new or continuing international undergraduates to apply for the UC Merced International Student Scholarship. The Scholarship is a competitive award for international degree-seeking undergraduates. In order to be eligible to apply, students must be:

  1. First admitted to a UC Merced undergraduate degree program for Fall 2019 semester or later
  2. On an F student visa
  3. Enrolled full-time in a program of study
  4. In good academic standing

International Student Scholarship is awarded competitively. Because the International Student Scholarship is a competitive award, not all applicants will receive awards. For those who do receive awards, amounts awarded may vary depending on the relative strengths of the applications received. For the 2023-24 academic year, it is anticipated that Scholarship award amounts will be between $2,500 and $5,000 (note: the continuation of the Scholarship in 2023-24 and subsequent years is dependent on its continued funding). Awards will be disbursed in two payments of 50% of the total amount awarded: the first payment will be issued in Fall Semester, the second in Spring Semester. Eligible students may apply for the Scholarship in subsequent years. 

Students who receive the Scholarship are expected to share their international perspective when opportunities are available. Opportunities may include, for instance, participation in events or activities such as International Education Week, the Conversation Partner Program, and student organizations.

The scholarship application for continuing students is open now for the Spring 2024 semester award. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2023.

To apply for the Spring 2024 International Student Scholarship, click here.  

Any questions about the UC Merced International Student Scholarship should be directed to Lacey Long-Vejar (