International Fellowships have been around since 1917. The program provides support to women seeking full-time graduate or postdoctoral studies in the United States to women who are not US citizens or permanent residents and who plan to return to their home country to pursue a professional career .
A limited number of awards are available for study outside the US (excluding the applicant’s home country) to women who are members of Graduate Women International (see list of GWI affiliates).
However, both graduate and post-graduate studies at accredited US institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent US bachelor’s degree by the application deadline and must have applied to the proposed institutions of study by the time of application.
They are also selected for academic achievement and demonstrating a commitment to women and girls. Applicants return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, or scientific fields.
The International Scholarships cover:
- Master’s/first professional degree: $18,000
- PhD: $20,000
- Postdoctoral: $30,000
Eligibility for International Scholarships
- International Scholarships are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national scholarship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants).
- Members of the American Association of University Women’s board, committees, commissions, task forces, and staff, including current interns, are not eligible to apply for AAUW scholarships and fellowships. A recent award holder is qualified for election or appointment to boards, commissions, committees and task forces.
- International fellowships are open to students who identify as women, in all fields of study at an accredited institution of higher education or, for postdoctoral fellows, research. The American Association makes the final decisions about which institutions the University Women will be.
- Unsuccessful candidates can reapply.
- To be eligible for International Scholarships, applicants must meet the following standards:
- Have citizenship in a country other than the U.S. or hold a nonimmigrant visa if living in the U.S. Women who are currently, or expected to be during the scholarship year, a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or dual citizen of the U.S. and another country not fulfill the requirements.
- Hold an academic degree (obtained in the US or abroad) equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree completed by November 15, 2021.
- Plan to commit full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year.
- They plan to return home to pursue professional careers after completing their studies.
- Be a professional in English and confirm your proficiency by submitting one of the Required Evidence (see below), which includes certain English proficiency tests, transcripts from English-speaking institutions, or a written statement confirming that English is the applicant’s native language. Applicants planning to take one of the accepted English proficiency tests should schedule and take the test as early as possible. Direct questions about the tests to the test provider.
- Masters/first professional degree and PhD candidates must have applied by 15 November 2022 to an accredited institution of study for the period of the scholarship year and must indicate the name of the institution on the International Scholarship application. Although acceptance is not required at the time of application, scholars must provide official confirmation from the institution with their award acceptance materials.
- Graduate/First Professional Degree Scholarships are planned for graduate or professional degree programs such as JD, MFA, LLM, M.Arch., or medical degrees such as MD, DDS, etc. Certificates, associate degrees, and undergraduate degrees are not eligible.
- Doctoral scholarships are planned for doctoral degrees classified as research degrees, such as Ph.D. or Ed.
- Postdoctoral candidates must provide evidence of their Ph.D. hold a doctoral degree classified as a research degree (eg, Ph.D., Ed.D., DBA, DM) or MFA by November 15, 2022; and indicate where they will conduct their research.
- Master’s/first professional degree and PhD candidates must be enrolled at an accredited US institution located in the US during the scholarship year.
- A limited number of awards are available to members of Graduate Women International for study or research in any country other than their own. Note that foreign branches of US institutions are considered non-US
- Applicants may apply for the fellowship for any year of their program but must conduct a full year of study or research. International scholarships do not provide funding for a partial year of study or research. Please note that programs ending before April of the scholarship year are not eligible.
- Distance education/online programs: Master’s/first professional degrees and doctoral fellowships support traditional classroom-based courses of study at colleges or universities. This scholarship program does not provide funding for distance education or online programs or degrees that rely heavily on distance education components. Final decisions regarding further distance education under these fellowships will be made by the American Association of University Women. AAUW will accept applications from fellows who are temporarily studying due to COVID-19 protection at their institution.
How to Apply for International Scholarships
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Application deadline: November 15, 2022
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