Scholarships for MBBS/Medical students in the USA

MBBS scholarships in the USA for international students

Medical education in the US can be expensive for international students. A medical degree in the US (MD) averages around USD 60,000. This figure represents just the tuition fee. Besides tuition, international students have to fund other living costs and university-specific fees. The average annual living costs for international students are estimated at USD 20,000.

Due to the high cost of education in the US, scholarships can be a huge relief for international students. As a top study destination for 900,000 international students each year, the US presents several scholarships. 

This article highlights the scholarship options available for international students studying MBBS and other medicine-related courses in the US.

MBBS scholarships for international students in the US

Government-funded scholarships for international students in the US are limited. But there are many university-level and external scholarships. Unless specifically stated, the amount for the below-mentioned scholarships varies.

Scholarships funded by universities

The universities themselves present the best opportunities for receiving scholarships. The US has nearly 4000 colleges and universities. Many of these institutes have scholarships for first-year and first-time students. 

For example, Kent State University has been organizing Global Scholarships since 2018. KSU’s Global Scholarship is open to undergraduate students only. Eligible students receive an award of USD 4,000 per year.

Arizona State University‘s New American University Scholarship aims to recognize international students with academic merit. The program provides monetary incentives to successful applicants. It also encourages scholars to work towards creating a positive impact on society.

University-funded scholarships are most helpful when enrolling for premedical studies in the US. Premed courses for MD in the US are usually BSc degrees. So first-year undergraduate students can easily apply for undergraduate entrance scholarships.

Students should check their preferred university’s international scholarships section to get updated information.

King Abdullah Scholarship Program

The King Abdullah scholarship program is a golden opportunity for Saudi Arabia nationals to pursue education in medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy, etc. The scholarships are available at all levels of higher education. 

Besides the US, Saudi Arabian students can also avail of this scholarship for medical studies in Canada or MBBS in the UK. Twenty more countries across Europe and Asia are also eligible.

Government Scholarships For UAE Nationals

The Ministry of Education offers scholarships to UAE nationals at the undergraduate and graduate levels. UAE students with good conduct and impressive academic record can apply. Students must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

Documents needed to apply for this scholarship are

  • Passport copy
  • Family Book and UAE ID card
  • Unconditional acceptance from the university
  • Academic transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Certificates of medical fitness and good conduct
  • Letter explaining students’ study and work activities from the date of the previous qualification to scholarship submission.

Application is free, and deadlines depend on the dates posted by the Ministry of Education.

MBBS/MD scholarships for Indian students in the US

The following scholarships are for Indian nationals only. Whether independently or collaborating with the US government, private organizations provide scholarships to encourage Indian students.

JN Tata Endowment For The Higher Education Of Indians

The JN Tata Endowment Fund was established in 1892 and has since helped 5419 Indian students. The fund covers a wide range of study fields, including 

Holders of a bachelor’s degree with at least a 60% score can apply. Candidates who have completed their first year and are about to start their second year can also apply.

JN Tata Endowment Fund is a loan-based scholarship. Students are charged an interest of 2% if the loan is not paid back within seven years.

The scholarship amount ranges from INR 1,00,000 to 10,00,000. Scholars may also receive an additional travel contribution of INR 50,000 and a gift between INR 2,00,000 and 7,50,000.

Applications should be made between January and mid-March.

Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship

The Narotam Sekhsaria Scholarship assists ‘India’s brightest in their pursuit of higher education.’ The scholarship accepts students who perform exceptionally well in academics. 

Students must be graduates and below 30 years. They must be planning to enroll in a master’s or doctoral program. 

Applications must be submitted before March 20th.

Ambedkar Overseas Vidya Nidhi 

Ambedkar Overseas Vidya Nidhi is aimed at helping SC/ST/Minority/BC/EBC candidates pursue higher education abroad. The scholarship is covered under the Telangana Overseas Study Scheme.

Eligible programs include 

To be eligible to apply, students must hold a bachelor’s degree with at least 60% marks. Students should be planning to pursue their master’s.

The scholarship program provides an amount of up to INR 20,00,000.

Gscholar by Gyanberry

Apart from professional admission and application assistance, Gyanberry offers its time-limited scholarship program. ‘Gscholar‘ guarantees a 20% tuition fee waiver for the first year of study.

Students are assessed per their academic record and achievements in sports and extracurriculars. The scholarship value is directly deposited with the chosen university.

Frequently Asked Questions

US government-funded scholarships for international MBBS students are not available. However, students can apply for scholarships funded by external organizations. Many US universities provide scholarships to their international students.

MBBS in the US is expensive. The average annual tuition fee estimate is USD 60,000. In INR, it translates to approximately 46,51,000*. Adding living costs can take the estimate to INR 62,01,300* or more.

(*Calculated using the current exchange rate. Exchange rates are subject to change.)

Some scholarships for MBBS in the US place an English language requirement for applicants. International students must prove English proficiency of at least 6.5 in IELTS or 93 in TOEFL iBT or equivalent.