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International Merit Scholarship (IMS)

The University of Memphis (UofM) selectively awards competitive merit-based scholarships for newly admitted degree-seeking international students on a J-1 or F-1 visa. This scholarship is designed to support international students who matriculate and take classes on the UofM campus as they work toward an undergraduate or graduate degree. We value scholarly achievement and academic success and want to attract the best and brightest students to join our cutting-edge programs and to learn from our world-renowned faculty.

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Please note: Dual citizens and/or permanent residents are not eligible for this scholarship

Undergraduate Student Eligibility Requirements: 

• 24 ACT or 1180 SAT equivalent

OR

• 3.25 U.S.A. equivalent undergraduate degree GPA as determined by a credential evaluation agency (www.naces.org)

To maintain this scholarship award, students must be continuously enrolled in full-time credit hours each fall and spring semester. Additionally, students must earn a 2.75 UofM GPA or higher in the first two semesters and a 3.0 UofM GPA or higher for subsequent semesters. This scholarship is a four-year (eight semesters) renewable scholarship requiring recipients to take a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. 

Graduate Student Eligibility Requirements:

• 300 GRE or equivalent on other tests

OR

• 3.0 U.S.A. equivalent undergraduate degree GPA as determined by a credential evaluation agency (www.naces.org) or relevant master's degree from an accredited and approved institution.

To maintain this scholarship award, students must be continuously enrolled in full-time credit hours each fall and spring semester. Additionally, students must earn a 3.0 UofM GPA or higher every semester. 

Award Amount  

Award amounts vary and can potentially cover the difference in cost of international and domestic non-Tennessee resident tuition rates. This scholarship cannot be combined with other UofM institutional scholarships. Exceptions are allowed for departmental funding.

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are awarded through each individual department. Please contact your department to find out more about the application process. The ISS Office is not involved in the decision making process for graduate assistantships; for more information please visit the Graduate School's page on assistantships.