The American Association of University Women (AAUW) offers International Fellowships to support women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career. A limited number of awards are available for study outside of the U.S. (excluding the applicant’s home country) to women who are members of Graduate Women International (see the list of GWI affiliates).
Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.
International Fellowships are open to women, including people who identify as women, in all fields of study at an accredited institution of higher education or, for postdoctoral fellows, research. The fellowships are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants).
Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by the application deadline and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls.
Deadline: November 15, 2022
Master’s/first professional degree: $20,000
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
-Have citizenship in a country other than the United State or, if residing in the U.S., possess a nonimmigrant visa. Women who are currently, or expect to be during the fellowship year, a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or dual citizen with the U.S. and another country are not eligible.
-Hold an academic degree (earned in the U.S. or abroad) equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed by November 15, 2022.
-Intend to devote themselves full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year.
-Intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career and upon completion of their studies.
-Be proficient in English and confirm proficiency by submitting one of the Required Components (see a full list on the association’s website), which include certain English proficiency exams, transcripts from English-speaking institutions, or a written statement verifying English is the applicant’s native language. Applicants planning to take one of the accepted English proficiency exams should plan for and take the test as early as possible. Please direct questions about the tests to the test provider.
-Have applied to an accredited institution of study for the period of the fellowship year and must indicate the name of the institution in the fellowship application. While acceptance is not required at the time of application, fellows must provide official confirmation from the institution with their award acceptance materials.
-Master’s/first professional degree fellowships are intended for master’s or professional degree-level programs such as J.D., M.F.A., L.L.M., M.Arch., or medical degrees such as M.D., D.D.S., etc. Certificates, associate degrees, and undergraduate degrees are ineligible.
-Doctoral fellowships are intended for doctorate degrees classified as research degrees, such as Ph.D. or Ed.D.
-Postdoctoral applicants must provide proof of their doctoral degree; hold a doctorate classified as a research degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., D.B.A., D.M.) or an M.F.A. by November 15, 2022; and indicate where they will conduct their research.
-Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must be enrolled in a U.S. accredited institution located in the United States during the fellowship year.
-A limited number of awards are available to Graduate Women International members for study or research in any country other than their own. Note that foreign branches of U.S. institutions are considered outside of the U.S.
-Applicants can apply for the fellowship for any year of their program but must be conducting a full year of study or research. International Fellowships do not provide funding for a partial year of study or research. Programs ending prior to April of the fellowship year are not eligible.
Criteria for Selection and Application Review
The panel meets once a year to review applications for funding. Awards are based on the criteria outlined here. Recommendations by the panel are subject to final approval by AAUW. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis according to funds available in a given fiscal year.
– Applicants residing in their home country at time of application, from developing/emerging countries, or from an underrepresented group in any region, will receive special consideration.
-Position on return to home country.
-Academic and/or professional qualifications.
-Demonstrated commitment to the advancement of women and girls in home country.
-Proposed time schedule.
-Quality and feasibility of proposed plan of study or research.
-Demonstrated evidence of prior community and/or civic service in home country.
-Applicant’s country’s need for the specialized knowledge or skill.
-Motivation for graduate study or research.
How to Apply:
Create an account and apply through the following link.