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ESF COVID-19 Response

FYI Emergency Student Fund to Assist International Students on Campuses impacted by COVID-19

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The FYI Emergency Student Fund (ESF) is issuing a call for Institutions across the Globe to nominate international students who face financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic for an ESF award.  The ESF: COVID-19 Response will provide grants of INR 15,000 to selected students who demonstrate high financial need. Students may use the grants to cover their educational, living or health-related expenses during the remainder of the summer and into the 2020 semester.

Institutions are invited to nominate students for whom help is needed. Please designate one nominator per campus who will complete the ESF: COVID-19 Response nomination form. FYI acknowledges that supporting international students during crises requires multiple stakeholders and expects nominating institutions to help address the students’ urgent financial needs through any means possible (e.g. tuition waivers, scholarships, assistantships, housing and other direct resources). Please confirm additional institutional support prior to submitting your nomination. 

Decisions will be sent to students, copying nominators in by the end of each month. Please note, while nominators will be copied on the nomination emails, payments will be made directly to students.

Access the Nomination Forms


To be considered for an ESF: COVID-19 Response award, nominated students must:

  • Be studying at an recognized institution.
  • Demonstrate to campus officials that they are facing financial hardship as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Demonstrate that their financial ability to pay for their essential expenses has been seriously disrupted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Be enrolled for the fall 2020 semester;

Please note that students who have previously received an ESF: COVID-19 Response grant are not eligible to be nominated again. Students who were nominated but did not receive a grant can be nominated again.

Campuses nominating students for the ESF: COVID-19 Response are expected to provide emergency assistance to nominated students through tuition waivers, scholarships, housing or other direct support. Please secure additional institutional support prior to submitting your nomination.

Nomination Instructions

Campuses are invited to nominate students for whom help is needed the most to cover their essential expenses. Nominations must be completed and submitted online. The nomination form can be accessed here.

If nominating several students, please rank students 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.


We know the need will exceed the funding currently available in the FYI Emergency Student Fund. Contributions of any amount are welcome. To make a gift and help support more students, please visit our giving page. Thank you!

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