The Perry Center grants full scholarships to individuals selected to attend resident courses in Washington, DC. Scholarships include round-trip airfare, lodging for the duration of the course, and all meals (combination of contracted meals and per diem payments). There is no cost (tuition) to attend the course itself. While the current fiscal environment has significantly reduced the overall number of scholarships available, the Perry Center remains dedicated to providing opportunities equitably to a diverse audience. Scholarships are not available for certain courses such as the Washington Security and Defense Seminar (WSDS) nor are necessary for fully virtual courses.
In accordance with Department of Defense policy, citizens of “high income” countries (as established by the World Bank) are not eligible for scholarships. At this time, this restriction applies to the following Western Hemisphere nations *:
Citizens of these countries may still apply to courses, but in a self-funded status. Self-funded candidates must meet all eligibility standards and comply with all application requirements, including application deadlines, as well as being able to cover the expenses of their own travel, lodging, meals, and incidentals. US citizens cannot (by law) receive scholarships, but may apply to attend in a self-funded status. U.S. citizens and other self-funded candidates should contact the Registrar’s office for additional guidance.
* as of 01 July, 2023
Scholarship recipients are responsible for obtaining a valid visa to enter the United States. The Perry Center does not guarantee the issuance of visas for courses. It is recommended that applicants have a current visa, as visa processes are taking longer than usual. Costs to procure a visa specifically to attend a Perry Center course are reimbursable (receipts required). The Perry Center cannot reimburse candidates who are not selected to attend, or who do not make it off the wait list.
For additional information, please contact the Consular Office at your nearest US Embassy. Please note that the U.S. Military Group at the Embassy does not process and is not responsible for visas.
Fees to obtain a passport are not reimbursable.