Office of International Programs

International Funding

Scholarships, Graduate Assistantships and Campus Employment

Undergraduate International Merit Scholarships

(half or full tuition) This scholarship is available to all international students who meet the following criteria:

  • Meet and maintain all eligibility criteria required of international students studying in the United States under the terms of an F-1 student visa.
  • Continuous, full-time enrollment (fall and spring semesters, at least 12 credit hours—15 credit hours recommended) for the duration of F-1 student status, estimated to be 4 years.
  • Maintenance of a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for each academic year.
  • Maintain sufficient academic progress toward chosen program of study.

Students who wish to be considered for an Undergraduate International Merit Scholarship should submit a complete application for undergraduate admission by February 1st.  No additional application for the scholarship is required. Students who meet the February 1st deadline and the above criteria will automatically be considered.


Graduate Trustee Tuition Scholarships

These waivers are awarded to outstanding students entering graduate studies at USM.  Nominations are made by faculty members of individual programs. Contact your program about these opportunities during the admissions process. Students who wish to be considered for a Graduate Trustee Tuition Scholarship should submit a complete application for graduate study by February 1st.

Graduate Assistantships


To be eligible for a graduate assistantship position, students must be:

  • Fully matriculated in a degree program at the graduate level. (They must have met all criteria for graduate student status, including completion of a baccalaureate degree); and must be
  • Registered for at least 6 credits of coursework in the semester(s) in which they will be working (master’s and CAS students), or registered for GRS 602 (masters) or GRS 701 (doctoral) and have a certificate of satisfactory progress from their program.

To apply for a Graduate Assistantship students should

Department Funded GA's and Externally Funded Graduate Assistantships
In addition to the program-awarded assistantships, there are additional positions provided by administrative or academic units at USM.  If you wish to be considered for these positions, send your resume to Rebecca Silverman (, Coordinator of Graduate Student Programs and Services. Information about these jobs will be forwarded to you as they become available.



On Campus Employment

 International students who are DEGREE CANDIDATES may work on campus provided (1) you are maintaining F‑1 status, (2) you do not work more than a total of 20 hours per week while school is in session.  You may be employed on campus full time when school is not in session (defined as between semesters), provided you are eligible and intend to register for the next school term.  The 20‑hour‑per‑week limit on your employment while school is in session applies to all types of on‑campus work (graduate assistantships, resident assistant positions).

USM students enrolled in the Intensive English Language Program are not given work authorization.

International students are not eligible for federal financial aid or work-study so they must find on campus jobs that are departmentally funded. There are very few of these jobs so students cannot count on being able to locate an on campus job during their time at USM and cannot rely on this funding to help cover their costs.

For more information about employment opportunities for international students please contact Kimberly in the International Programs Office.