Current Funding Efforts

The IIE Emergency Student Fund is accepting nominations from IIE Network members for international students impacted by the security and humanitarian emergency in Afghanistan.

This effort will provide one-time grants of between $2,000 and $5,000 to selected students whose ability to pay the costs of their academic year 2021-22 in the United States is in jeopardy due to serious financial difficulties related to these crises. Funds can be used to cover the students’ educational, living, or health related expenses.

To find out if your institution is an IIE Network member, visit or email If your institution is not an IIE member, please reach out to to see what options for funding there may be.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Nominations must be submitted by an administrator at an IIENetwork Member institution in the United States. An institution may not nominate more than 5 students. Students may not submit their own nomination.
  • Nominees generally must be studying in the United States on an F-1/J-1 or F-2/J-2 visa, If you have a student with a unique visa situation, please email for more information.  
  • Nominees must be enrolled for studies during the 2021-22 academic year and pursuing an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree. 
  • Nominators must provide unique and accurate information for each nominee, demonstrating the financial hardship that nominees face as a result of the relevant emergency. 
  • U.S. host campuses nominating students for the Emergency Student Fund are encouraged to provide additional emergency assistance to nominated students through tuition waivers, scholarships, housing or other direct support when possible. 

Students who are active participants of the U.S. Department of State's Fulbright program are not eligible for ESF awards. If these participants have emergency needs, they should contact their advisor at IIE (or the advisor at the relevant cooperating agency) to discuss any individual situations.

Nomination Deadline 

The nomination call for students from Afghanistan is open on a rolling basis, and we expect to review nominations on a monthly basis.

Nomination Form 

Complete the online nomination for students from Afghanistan here.

If nominating several students, please rank students from 1-5 based on financial need, with "1" being the highest level of need. Please take the time to describe each student's financial and personal situation individually. The more detailed and personalized information the selection committee has access to, the better are the chances for students to receive an ESF award.

Please email with any questions review this FAQ before beginning your nomination form.

Contribute to the Emergency Student Fund

IIE always welcomes additional contributions for the Emergency Student Fund so it can respond quickly to help international students when disasters and emergencies in their home countries threaten to jeopardize their studies.

We thank you for your interest in supporting students in times of crisis and appreciate your donation.


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