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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 has most recently offered scholarships to high scoring students in four countries: India, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.

I say “most recently” because there isn’t any current TOEFL scholarship information on the official ETS websites. I actually called the TOEFL customer service line to ask them about this. The gentleman I spoke with told me that TOEFL scholarship information is “less publicly available” for now.

This is frustrating, obviously. But there is some good news. According to the TOEFL customer service representative that I spoke to, you can email toeflscholarships@ets.org to get all the up-to-date information you need.

You can also get a good idea of the current TOEFL scholarships by looking at past information. The most recently available TOEFL scholarship information comes from 2016. According to the ETS website, in 2016, 15 students in India received TOEFL scholarships of $7,000 apiece. The ETS website also shows that as recently as last year, ETS was continuing its Korean TOEFL scholarship program with KOSAF. (KOSAF, or the Korean Student Aid Foundation, is a South Korean government program that helps university students find school funding.)

Beyond the two articles I linked above, very little other information about TOEFL scholarships is publicly available. But I still have some more good news. In late 2015, I researched the TOEFL scholarships and saved some information that’s no longer available through ETS. Read on to find out what I learned– and recorded– when I first began to investigate TOEFL scholarships for Magoosh.

We know that TOEFL scholarship amounts, eligibility, and number of winners vary from country to country. As I mentioned above, the Indian ETS scholarship gives 7,000 USD each to its annual winners. In Japan, scholarship payouts are also $7,000, although Japan seems to have fewer scholarship winners than India; in 2015, 10 Indian students won $7,000 scholarships, compared to only 6 students in Japan.

Based on the 2015 data I researched in the past, Taiwanese and South Korean scholarship funds are somewhat smaller than the Indian and Japanese awards. Moreover, in Taiwan and South Korea, TOEFL scholarship funds and are paid out in local currency instead of USD. In Taiwan’s 2015 TOEFL scholarship competition, 10 lucky and talented TOEFL exam takers received 150,000 NTD (roughly 4,600 USD) each year. And in the 2015 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 also has a larger TOEFL scholarship program in mainland China. The last ETS announcement about this program was made in 2013. In that year, ETS gave 46 Chinese students $3,000 apiece in TOEFL scholarships.

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TOEFL-based scholarships outside of ETS

You need to be a citizen or permanent resident of India, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, or China to be eligible for the scholarships linked above. Still, there are ways to “monetize” your TOEFL score, no matter which country you are from. If you did well on the TOEFL, 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 Auburn University at Montgomery, international students can receive at least $4,000 a year if they have a TOEFL score of 76 or higher. And they may receive $2,000 a year if their TOEFL score is at least 68

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.  The King Abdullah Scholarship Program, an organization that gives Saudi nationals full scholarships to study abroad, is open to applicants with a TOEFL iBT of 88 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.

 

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29 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: https://www.ets.org/toefl/scholarships/china/) 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: http://usefnepal.org/

    • 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.

    Thanks

    • 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!

  8. Nauman Khan January 20, 2017 at 10:17 am #

    Hi, I have recently given the TOEFL iBT test and obtained a score of 116 (R:30, W:30, L:29, S:27) …Please can you guide me if this score will help me obtain decent scholarships. I cannot avail the country specific ETS scholarships as I do not reside in those countries.

    Thanks

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert January 21, 2017 at 2:19 am #

      Hi Nauman,

      A 116 is a fantastic score, so congratulations! 🙂 If you are not eligible for ETS scholarships, you will need to rely on the offerings from individual universities and from outside organizations. There are seemingly endless possibilities, but you need to go searching for opportunities ASAP. I cannot tell you what you are eligible, as navigating the field is huge. Start by targeting the places you want to go. Also see if your home country offers any funding for its citizens to study abroad (this is fairly common). Ask your local network of universities and students what resources they may know of. Good luck!

  9. jenny February 13, 2017 at 9:40 pm #

    is it toefl ibt ?

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert February 14, 2017 at 1:02 am #

      Hi Jenny!

      Good question! Since the TOEFL exam you take (iBT or PBT) depends on where you take the exam, scores on either exam should be valid to be eligible for these scholarships. That said, I recommend contacting toeflscholarship@ets.org directly to make sure and about any other specific questions you have. Hope this helps 🙂 And happy studying!

  10. Dwina May 6, 2017 at 5:01 am #

    Hey, the link you put in above didn’t work for me. Can you fix it? Thankyou.

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert May 6, 2017 at 7:38 am #

      Hi Dwina! Thanks for writing about this! Since there are several links in this post, I’m not exactly sure which one you’re referring to. If you could let us know, we’ll fix it up ASAP! Thanks 🙂

  11. Senjuti Halder May 18, 2017 at 5:04 am #

    Hi. I am Senjuti from India. I am currently a student of 12th standard. I want to study in Australia after my HSC exams. i want to do a BA course in Journalism. Can you please tell me how to prepare for the exams ? And you mentioned that ten students are given the scholarships per year. How much marks I have to score to get the scholarship? Thank you.

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 20, 2017 at 7:35 am #

      Hi Senjuti,

      Unfortunately, it looks like ETS has taken down their information about TOEFL scholarships, for the time being. Until they give updated information, I cant tell you for sure what score will help you get a scholarship. (It’s also possible ETS has changed the number of scholarships given out per year as well.)

      I’ll be updating this article soon. And when I do, I’ll try to contact ETS for more information. Until then, you can contact TOEFL Scholarships India directly. Email them at toefl@studyplaces.com , or call them at +93-11-55-96-97.

  12. Rahul Bose May 18, 2017 at 2:20 pm #

    Hi there, could you tell me when the applications for the TOEFL Indian scholarship open in 2017 and direct me to the relevant website? The current link to the ETS website for Indian scholarships is showing page not found. Also, I scored 118 on the TOEFL IBT and was wondering if that would be a good enough score to apply for the scholarship.

    • David Recine
      David Recine May 20, 2017 at 7:26 am #

      Hi Rahul,

      I certainly can give you updated info on the Indian TOEFL scholarships. I apologize for the broken links. We’re actually going to be updating this post in the next week or so. 🙂

      For the time being, it looks like all of the TOEFL scholarship information has been taken down from the ETS website. I’m not sure why that is, but I’ll look into it when I update this post. Until then, you can get more info by emailing or the Indian TOEFL scholarship office, at toefl@studyplaces.com, or call them at +93-11-55-96-97.

  13. S.AGARWAL June 16, 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    There is no information regarding the TOEFL INDIA SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 2017-18.Till last year the Program was on.On calling up TOEFL helpline I was informed that the program is yet to be announced in India this year(even though it is on in some other countries) There is also a possibility that the program may be discontinued in India.INDIA HAS THE LARGEST NUMBER OF STUDENTS TAKING THE TOEFL TEST.THE PROGRAM SHOULD NOT BE DISCONTINUED IN INDIA.Please find out and advise me accordingly

    • Magoosh Test Prep Expert
      Magoosh Test Prep Expert June 17, 2017 at 3:19 am #

      I’m sorry to hear that! We have no power or further information on this, but I am sending your comment through so other students can see it and investigate for themselves.

  14. Sanjay July 17, 2017 at 9:10 am #

    It appears that the TOEFL INDIA SCHOLARSHIP HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED FROM 2017.
    Request ETS to reconsider restarting it.


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