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IIE Emergency Student Fund to Assist Venezuelan Students on U.S. Campuses

Emergency grants of $3,000 - $5,000 each will help Venezuelan students with urgent financial needs to continue their U.S. studies

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To support the Venezuela-ESF, please make a donation now and designate your gift by entering "Venezuela-ESF" in the gift designation field.

The Emergency Student Fund (ESF) of the Institute of International Education (IIE) is issuing a call for U.S. colleges and universities that currently have students from Venezuela enrolled on their campuses to nominate those students who have emergency needs for funds to continue their studies so that their academic careers are not interrupted as a result of the crisis in their home country.

The Venezuela-ESF will provide grants of $3,000 - $5,000 each to selected students nominated by their U.S. host colleges and universities who are unable to continue or complete their degree program in the United States due to serious financial difficulties precipitated by the situation in Venezuela.

Accredited U.S. campuses are invited to nominate up to five students in total at their institutions for whom help is needed to complete the spring 2019 semester. IIE expects U.S. institutions nominating Venezuelan students to help address the students' urgent financial needs through tuition waivers, scholarships, and other forms of assistance.

International Student Advisers or other campus officials are invited to submit applications to IIE using the nomination form at the link indicated above and below. Students cannot apply directly and should consult their International Student Adviser for assistance.

Deadline: Monday, November 19, 2018, 5:00pm EST - Please nominate as soon as possible. Decisions will be sent to the students and nominators by mid-December.

Applications can be accessed here and must be filled out and submitted online by Monday, November 19, 2018.

Since we anticipate that the need may exceed funding currently available in the Institute's Emergency Student Fund, we are also seeking donations from interested individuals and foundations. The goal is to provide Venezuelan students who are enrolled in U.S. degree programs and unable to access funds from home with enough support so that they can continue their education in the United States during the spring 2019 semester and not have to drop out of their programs prematurely. Support from IIE's Venezuela-ESF, combined with host university support, is meant to provide students with a temporary respite so that they might continue their education and eventually return to their home countries and help rebuild their communities.


To be considered for a Venezuela-ESF award, nominated students must:

  • Demonstrate to campus officials that their financial ability to continue their U.S. studies has been seriously disrupted as a result of the crisis in their home country;
  • Be currently enrolled in a degree program and registered for spring 2019;
  • Be in good academic standing, as defined by the host campus;
  • Have the appropriate non-immigration visa status (U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or asylees are not eligible for an ESF).

U.S. host campuses nominating students for Venezuela-ESF awards are expected to also provide some emergency assistance to the nominated students, through tuition waivers, full or partial scholarships, housing, stipends, loans, work study, or other forms of support.

Application Instructions

Accredited United States campuses are invited to nominate up to 5 of their students for whom help is needed immediately for the spring 2019 semester. Nominations must be completed and submitted online. The nomination form can be accessed here. For questions, please email

If nominating several students, the nominator should rank the applicants based on financial need, with "1" being the highest and "5" being the lowest level of need.

The grant nominations must be submitted to IIE online by 5:00pm EDT on Monday, November 19, 2018. Awards will be announced by mid-December. The form should be filled online and submitted online. Do not print the nomination form, fill it out by hand, and scan as this renders the form unmergeable.


To support the Venezuela-ESF, please make a donation now and designate your gift by entering "Emergency Student Fund" in the gift designation field.

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