Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Funding Your Graduate Study at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center

Some of the most common questions we receive from applicants are about financial aid.  Below we've outlined some of the ways students are able to fund their graduate study at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center:

HNC Fellowships:
The Hopkins-Nanjing Center has historically awarded financial aid to 100% of admitted students who submit the financial aid application by the deadline.  This year we are excited to announce several new fellowship opportunities for students applying to attend the HNC in fall 2015, including guaranteed $10,000 Future Leader Fellowship for all students admitted to the MAIS program and the full-tuition Dean’s Fellowship.

To qualify for any HNC fellowships, including the Future Leader Fellowship or Dean’s Fellowship, applicants must submit the HNC Financial Aid Application by February 1. This short two-page form can be found in the downloadable forms section of the online application. Those wishing to be considered for the Dean’s Fellowship must also submit a supplemental essay.  For more information on these fellowships, including the Dean's Fellowship essay prompt, click here

Outside Fellowships:
There are many outside organizations that can provide funding for your studies. We encourage you to look for additional funding. You should, however, begin applying for these fellowships as soon as possible because many organizations require that you apply months in advance of attending graduate school.  Some fellowships that are targeted specifically to students in graduate IR programs include: 

Please note that these fellowships usually require that the recipient be enrolled in a master's degree program, in which case the HNC Certificate program may not be eligible.  However, in some cases, students have successfully received funding for the Certificate program as part of the HNC Certificate/SAIS MA because the recipient is ultimately receiving a master's degree.  These fellowship organizations may also have two-year time limits for funding, so if pursuing the HNC Certificate/SAIS MA you will want to carefully plan  your curriculum.  You should confirm the eligibility of the program to which you are applying with the fellowship organization directly.  

Our admissions office is happy to submit a letter of affiliation confirming your HNC application in support of your fellowship application.  Please email nanjing@jhu.edu to request a letter.

Federal Loans:
Federal direct loans are available to U.S. citizens who demonstrate need as calculated by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Loans are handled through the Department of Education Direct Lending program in which loan money is dispersed directly to the university without banks or guaranteeing agencies.  The HNC uses the SAIS Title IV FAFSA code, which is E00474Please keep in mind that you can submit the FAFSA before completing your taxes and update it later as you have more information available.

Veteran’s Benefits:
Students who would like to use Veteran's Benefits should contact John Bates in the SAIS registrar's office, even if they have used them in the past. For more detailed information, please contact the SAIS Registrar's Office. 

Chinese Government Scholarships:
Please note that you are not able to use Chinese Government Scholarships to cover the cost of tuition, housing, or insurance because these are paid directly to Johns Hopkins University, an American institution.  However, we have had students successfully apply for a monthly living stipend through Chinese Government Scholarships in the past.  Note: security clearances often ask if you have previously accepted money from a foreign government, so you should think carefully before accepting foreign funding if you are considering a future career with the government.