Financing through Columbia

For lending options, students should visit the University's Financial Aid Office website or contact the Law School's Financial Aid Office directly at:

Financial Aid Office
Columbia Law School
435 West 116th Street, Box A-4
New York, N.Y. 10027
Telephone: 212-854-7730

Please note that the Financial Aid provides information to Executive LL.M. students on loans only; please do not contact that office for information on tuition waivers or any other form of aid.

While Financial Aid from Columbia is not available for the Executive LL.M., there may be external sources of funding available, some of which are listed below.

External Sources of Funding

When seeking funding from outside sources, you may want to inquire with the following foundations, as prior LL.M. students have noted in the past that these foundations have been helpful in their search. Please note that many require application well in advance of your intended start date for graduate study (as many as eighteen (18) months in advance), including Fulbright, so you should inquire as early as possible. A list of further sources, while by no means exhaustive, is available at  

Since 1881, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has been the nation's leading voice promoting education and equity for women and girls, lifelong education, and positive societal change. One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) offers over $500,000 in funding to Scandinavians to undertake study or research programs (usually at the graduate level) in the United States for up to one year. Candidates for awards are recommended to the ASF by their cooperating organizations. Awards are made in all fields.

Cooperating Organizations:

The BFSLA was established in 1983 and has become the leading organisation for banking & financial services and insolvency law in Australia and New Zealand. Each year, the BFSLA offers a scholarship of up to A$50,000 to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents to undertake post-graduate study in banking & financial services law (or related fields) at leading universities overseas.

COLFUTURO is a Colombian non-profit foundation that was established in 1991 with the support of the National Government and some of the most important companies of the private sector in the country at that time. Its main objective is to provide financial support and increase the possibilities of Colombian citizens to access high-quality postgraduate study programs abroad.

In 1997 the Trustees of the New Zealand Law Foundation unanimously determined to mark the centenary of the admission of Ethel Benjamin as the first woman barrister and solicitor by establishing this scholarship as a merit-based award to outstanding women scholars who are citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand. 

The Foundation Center, an independent, nonprofit information clearinghouse established in 1956, is an excellent source of information on grants. The Center's mission is to foster public understanding of the foundation by collecting, organizing, analyzing, and disseminating information on foundations, corporate giving, and related subjects.

Fulbright grants are administered by the Institute of International Education, and typically require an application up to a year in advance of your LL.M. application.

Fundação Estudar is a merit-based scholarship program for Brazilian students which in addition to the scholarship, provides Career Development and Networking programs for its scholars, both during and after their academic experiences. Brazilian students already accepted in the best undergraduate programs and MBA, MA, MSc, LLM, MPA and MPP programs, with great intellectual and professional potential, leadership spirit, entrepreneurial drive and commitment to Brazil are eligible to apply. 2009 applications for graduate programs will be accepted from January 1st to March 31st. 

SRF provides fellowship grants for scholars whose lives or careers are threatened in their home countries. The fellowships support temporary academic positions at universities, colleges and other higher learning institutions in safe locations anywhere in the world. Fellowship periods of up to one calendar year are intended to allow the scholars to continue their important work pending improvement in conditions allowing their safe return home.

Instituto Ling provides scholarships for Brazilian students admitted to an LL.M. program in the U.S.

The J.N. Tata Endowment was set up in 1892 by the founder of the Tata group, Jamsetji N Tata, to encourage young people to take up higher studies at some of the best universities in the world. For the past 114 years the Endowment has been helping scholars of merit to realize their dreams of a world class education through its loan scholarship program. The scholarships are awarded for higher studies abroad in all disciplines and subjects. Annually, the Endowment selects around 120 meritorious scholars through a rigorous selection process, for the award of the prestigious JN Tata Endowment scholarships for higher studies abroad. Over the years several JN Tata scholars have distinguished themselves in various walks of life. The Endowment awards only loan scholarships. However, the selected scholars may also qualify for a gift award.  

MMEG was established in 1981 to honor the late Margaret McNamara and her commitment to the well-being of women and children in developing countries. The purpose of the grant is to support the education of women from developing countries who are committed to improving the lives of women and children in their home countries.

The Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development (IACD) of the Organization of American States (OAS) administers one of the hemisphere's largest multinational fellowships and training programs. Every year, the Agency provides several hundred fellowships for graduate studies and research at educational institutions and training centers in OAS Member and Observer States. In addition, the Leo S. Rowe Pan American Fund, a student loan program of the OAS , awards educational loans to qualified persons from Latin American and Caribbean countries, to help them finance their higher studies in the United States. These loans are made on the understanding that when the recipients have completed their studies they will return to their respective home countries to assist in their countries' development and further their welfare.

P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization) was founded in January 1869 by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College. P.E.O. exists to be a source of encouragement and support for women to realize their potential in whatever worthwhile endeavor they choose. True to the mission of promoting educational opportunities for women, education continues to be the primary philanthropy of the P.E.O. Sisterhood. The P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship (IPS) Fund was established in 1949 to provide scholarships for international women students to pursue graduate study in the United States and Canada. 

The P.J.C. Lindfors Legal Studies Fund is administered by Finlandia Foundation National (FFN), the premier network of Finnish-American organizations in the United States. The scholarship was established by Pertti Lindfors, a Finnish-american attorney in San Francisco, California, to encourage cross-cultural study and understanding by law students in Finland and the U.S.

Postgrad Solutions offers 15 bursaries across a number of subject areas. If you are starting a postgraduate course in the academic year 2019-20, you are eligible to apply for a Postgrad Solutions Study Bursary. Each bursary is worth £500 and they are open to students from anywhere in the world. 

The purpose of the William Georgetti Scholarships is to encourage postgraduate study and research, normally in New Zealand, in a field that, in the opinion of the Scholarship Board, is important to the social, cultural or economic development of New Zealand.

The Yvonne A M Smith Charitable Trust, which funds the scholarship, has been promoting an annual scholarship for the advancement of the education of women graduates who wish to embark upon Masters or Doctoral studies. Preference is given to the subject areas of political studies, economics, business and law, as well as to candidates who demonstrate potential for leadership and a desire for the promotion of women in decision making roles.