P.E.O. Sisterhood International Peace Scholarships for international students

Website: P.E.O. International


The International Peace Scholarship Fund, established in 1949, is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. Members of P.E.O. believe that education is fundamental to world peace and understanding.


An applicant must be qualified for admission to full-time graduate study and working toward a graduate degree in an accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.

A student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada is not eligible. Note: A student with residency for tax purposes only is permitted.

Scholarships are not given for online courses, research, internships or for practical training if not combined with coursework.

In order to qualify for her first scholarship, an applicant must have a full year of coursework remaining, be enrolled and in residence for the entire school year.

Doctoral students who have completed coursework and are working only on dissertations are not eligible as first-time applicants.

International students attending Cottey College are eligible to apply for a scholarship.

Click here for the Online Eligibility Form.

Student Type
  • graduate
Citizen Type
  • International or Other Visa Status

Eligibility must be established before application material is made available electronically to applicants. The eligibility information is available at any time from our P.E.O. website at peointernational.org. The completed eligibility material will be accepted electronically only between August 15 and December 15.

The deadline for submitting application and all related material, except applicant’s confirmation of admission from the university, is January 31.

A copy of the applicant’s confirmation of admission, specifying the graduate degree program, must be received by the International Peace Scholarship Fund, P.E.O. Executive Office by April 1.

Information concerning the International Peace Scholarship program is available from the P.E.O. Executive Office or from the website at peointernational.org. Application material will be made available electronically only if satisfactory information establishing eligibility has been received from the applicant.


P.E.O. (philanthropic educational organization), one of the pioneer societies for women, was founded on January 21, 1869, by seven students at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Originally a small campus friendship society, P.E.O. soon blossomed to include women off campus. Today, P.E.O. has grown from that tiny membership of seven to almost a quarter of a million members in chapters in the United States and Canada. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is passionate about its mission: promoting educational opportunities for women. Our sisterhood proudly makes a difference in women's lives with five international projects: P.E.O. Educational Loan Fund, Cottey College, P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship Fund, P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education, and P.E.O. Scholar Awards. P.E.O. is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.

Contact Information

For additional information, contact:
P.E.O. Executive Office
3700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50312.2899
Phone: 515.255.3153
Fax: 515.255.3820