Emergency Student Fund

The IIE Emergency Student Fund (ESF) is issuing a call to IIENetwork Member institutions in the United States to nominate international students who face financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic for an ESF award. The ESF: COVID-19 Response provides grants of $1,500 to selected students who demonstrate high financial need. Students are able to use the grants to cover their educational, living or health-related expenses.


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Emergency Grants

In response to specific emergencies, IIE will issue a call for nominations to the Emergency Student Fund. Emergency grants are awarded to post-secondary international students matriculated at accredited educational institutions outside their home countries whose sources of support have been impacted by natural disaster or other crises.

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Nomination Process

Students must be nominated by their U.S. host institutions and are expected to provide additional emergency assistance such as housing, meal plans or tuition waivers. The combined help of IIE and the U.S. host institution enables students who are facing the risk of dropping out of their degree program prematurely to continue their studies. The Emergency Student Fund may also provide urgently-needed medical care to students facing serious illness or disability.

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Donations Welcomed

Building on a Freeman Foundation designation of $2.5 million for emergencies involving students from East and Southeast Asia studying in the U.S., IIE is issuing a request to donors around the world to support this fund for other world areas. Since 2010, IIE has awarded more than 800 emergency grants to students from the Bahamas, Haiti, Iran, Japan, Libya, Nepal, the Philippines, Syria, Thailand, Yemen, the Caribbean Nations, and Venezuela,  whose home sources of financial support were impacted by crisis or natural disaster providing over $3 million in financial aid.

The Institute seeks to have a fund in place so that IIE can respond quickly to help students when disasters and emergencies arise. To support IIE's Emergency Student Fund, please make a donation now and designate your gift by entering "ESF" in the gift designation field.

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