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Where to Find TOEFL Scholarships

(Note: This post is about scholarships that cover your tuition. For scholarships that pay for your TOEFL exam fee, see Rachel’s post here.)

Getting a top score on the TOEFL can get you into your dream school. But there are other long-term benefits too. A good TOEFL score can get you scholarships that help you pay your tuition after you arrive.


TOEFL Scholarships from ETS

The best known TOEFL-based scholarships come from the makers of the TOEFL test itself: ETS. ETS currently offers scholarships to high scoring students in four countries: India, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

Scholarship amounts, eligibility, and number of winners vary from country to country, because each country has its own ETS-sponsored TOEFL scholarship program. The Indian ETS scholarship gives 7,000 USD to ten qualifying students per year. In Japan’s annual contest, scholarship payouts are also $7,000, but only six winners are selected each year.

Taiwanese and South Korean scholarship funds are somewhat smaller than the Indian and Japanese awards, and are paid out in local currency instead of USD. In Taiwan, 10 lucky and talented TOEFL exam takers receive 150,000 NTD (roughly 4,600 USD) each year. And in the annual South Korean scholarship competition, fifteen high achieving students are given scholarships of 2 million KRW (about 1,800 USD).

In addition to the programs above, ETS is currently developing a scholarship program for TOEFL test-takers in mainland China. As a Magoosh instructor, I was very happy to hear this news. Magoosh helps a lot of students from China. Once ETS rolls out that program, I’ll be sure to write another post and share the details with all you Chinese Magooshers out there!


TOEFL-based scholarships outside of ETS

You need to be Indian, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese, or Chinese to be eligible for the scholarships linked above. Now, I have some good news for the rest of you— if you have a good TOEFL score, there are other ways to get scholarships, no matter what country you’re from.

Some scholarships are university-specific. The Northwest Nazerene University gives students with qualifying TOEFL scores up to $13,000 in scholarships. Point Park University has a similar program to NNU, offering successful TOEFL test-takers as much as $12,000. And at Northern Polytechnic University international students with a TOEFL score of 90 or higher are scholarship-eligible. Many other universities consider TOEFL scores and English proficiency when giving out scholarship awards. Contact your prospective universities to see whether or not your TOEFL score can get you a tuition break.

Even if your university doesn’t offer any campus-based TOEFL scholarships, there are a number of international scholarship funds that consider your TOEFL score when you apply for rewards.  Science Without Borders, an organization that gives Brazilian nationals scholarships to study science around the world, is open to applicants with a TOEFL iBT of 80 or higher. Other foundations allow students to study almost any subject and be from almost any country. One of the better known global scholarships that looks at TOEFL scores is the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Program.


16 Responses to Where to Find TOEFL Scholarships

  1. sanjay barahi May 26, 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    hi,i am sanjay from china,i am the citizen of Nepal now i am studying in china ,i am looking for TOEFL scholarship,please can you tell me the process for scholarship,Thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 27, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

      ETS currently lists their Chinese TOEFL scholarships as “in development.” (SEE: So no scholarships in your country of stud are available right now… but this could become an option in the future.

      There are a number of other American organizations that give scholarships to Nepalese citizens who are studying abroad. A good resource for finding these scholarships is the United States Education Foundation in Nepal. You can check out USEF Nepal’s website here:

    • zameryally September 4, 2016 at 5:37 am #

      Hello, i am Zameryally from Afghanistan, i am the citizen of Kandahar now i am studying in Afghanistan ,i am looking for TOEFL scholarship,please can you tell me the process for scholarship,Thanks

      • David Recine
        David Recine September 5, 2016 at 6:40 am #

        Unfortunately, ETS doesn’t currently offer any official TOEFL scholarships in Afghanistan. Offhand, I know that the American University of Afghanistan offers scholarships based on TOEFL scores. This university is in Kabul (as you may already know), but there are some TOEFL scholarships and sources of TOEFL support right in Kandahar as well. The USA State Department offers Fulbright Scholarships if you are considering studying abroad as an exchange student or after you finish your studies in Afghanistan. This scholarship program includes practice TOEFL tests and TOEFL training— free of charge I believe– in Kandahar and other major cities in Afghanistan.

  2. haimanot June 12, 2016 at 2:52 am #

    I want to apply for a toefl test scholarship

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 14, 2016 at 7:26 am #

      Hi Haimanot,

      That’s great! We do not have any scholarships ourselves, so you will need to do some internet research. The best place to start is with the resources listed above, but don’t be afraid to look further and investigate. Good luck! 🙂

  3. Taher Rupawala July 2, 2016 at 1:07 am #

    Hi I am a prospective Master in Public Health from India with a great TOEFL score.Sadly i have missed the deadline for the ETS scolarship.Kindly mention other scholarships available contingent on the TOEFL score.Thank You

    • David Recine
      David Recine July 5, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

      You can see a number of non-ETS scholarships that are contingent on TOEFL score right here in this blog post, under the heading “TOEFL-based scholarships outside of the U.S.” But here are also many others, beyond what I’ve mentioned here. The U.S. State Department, which oversees the above-mentioned Fulbright program, offers some scholarships and support as well. And most American universities have some kind of “in house” scholarships for their own international students, most of which are connected to TOEFL scores. Contact an admissions adviser for more information…. and watch this blog. Your question has inspired me to write a follow-up post on TOEFL contingent scholarships.

  4. aman August 22, 2016 at 3:50 am #

    sir I am aman from india want to do mba by tofel how much grade or marks is required for scholarships plz tell me sir

    • David Recine
      David Recine August 22, 2016 at 10:09 am #

      There are no absolute rules for GPA, since some MBA scholarships are awarded based on several different criteria, and not just GPA. That being said, to have a shot at most scholarships, you’ll want at least the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in the American system. And for a chance at as many scholarships as possible, you’d want equivalent of a 3.5. Assuming you studied under the standard Indian system for GPA, the trick is to convert Indian GPA to USA GPA. The best conversion scale I’ve seen for this is the one at GMAT Club.

  5. Surabhi September 11, 2016 at 1:09 am #

    Hello I hv done ms in pharmacology. I want to do PhD (with scholarship) is TOEFL helpful?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert September 11, 2016 at 3:36 am #

      Hi Surabhi,

      A TOEFL score is helpful only if you need it! Check the rules of the scholarship and the schools you want to attend–if neither of them require the TOEFL, then I would not spend any time doing it. Dig in for some research and see whether the TOEFL is right for you. 🙂

  6. Somnath Gupta September 14, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    Hi, I am Somnath Gupta from India and have started graduate program in physiology at University of Alberta in Sep 2016. I have a TOEFL score of 96 which I took on May 15. I would like to apply for scholarship based on TOEFL score. Please guide me.


    • David Recine
      David Recine September 15, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

      Hi Somath,

      I’ll admit that I’m not all that knowledgeable about scholarships specifically in the area of graduate physiology, especially in Canada. But I do know a few resources that can point you in the right direction. You should start looking through the links on the University of Alberta’s Graduate Studies Funding page if you haven’t done so already.

      Offhand, it also seems like you might be eligible for the Mitacs Globalink Partnership award. I also recommend looking through this list of scholarships that are awarded to students in Canada.

      Your TOEFL score itself should serve you well for just about any scholarship. Very few scholarships have strict rules about TOEFL scores. But they do want to see a TOEFL score that proves high English ability. And a score of 96 is pretty good in that respect.

  7. Rohan October 19, 2016 at 10:39 am #

    hey sir I am rohan from India. I am lookimg forward to give the TOEFL exam in february! want to get undergraduate degree in computer science from wku ! will they give me scholarship if I cross their threshold marks! if yes how? and if no , will I be able to get it by any other means?

    • David Recine
      David Recine October 20, 2016 at 7:03 am #

      Hi Rohan,

      Individual universities always have their own set of scholarships, and their own special resources to help students find external scholarships outside of the university. To know whether or not you’ll get a scholarship from WKU, you’ll want to look through their scholarship resources, and possibly also talk to an on-campus admissions and financial aid specialist. Assuming that the “WKU” you’re talking about is Western Kentucky University, their scholarship web portal is a good place to start your research. If you’re thinking of a different WKU, that university probably also has a scholarship information page on its website too!

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