The AAUW International Fellowships have been in existence since 1917. The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the U.S. who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 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). Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.
Up to five international fellowships for master’s/first professional degrees will be renewable for a second year; fellows will receive application information for this competitive program during their fellowship year.
Course level: Master’s, Doctoral, and Postdoctoral
Fields of study: Graduate and postgraduate programs offered at accredited US institutions
Institution and country: Accredited US institutions
Sponsor: American Association of University Women (AAUW)
- Master’s/Professional Fellowship: $18,000
- Doctorate Fellowship: $20,000
- Postdoctoral Fellowship: $30,000
Eligibility criteria for the AAUW International Fellowships:
- Have citizenship in a country other than the U.S. or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the U.S. 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 15 November 2020.
- Intend to devote herself full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year.
- Intends to return to her home country to pursue a professional career.
- Be proficient in English. Unless the applicant can verify that her native language is English (written statement required), that she received her secondary diploma or undergraduate degree from an English-speaking institution (transcript required), or that she will have completed one semester of full-time study in her discipline at an English-speaking college or university between November 2018 and November 2020 (transcript required), she must upload a recent ETS TOEFL* (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (no older than November 2018). Institutional TOEFL scores and other English proficiency test scores (such as IELTS) will not be accepted. Minimum score acceptable: 550 for Paper-Based Test (TOEFL PBT); 79 for Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT); 60 for Revised TOEFL paper-delivered test.
- Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must have applied by 15 November 2019, to an accredited institution of study for the period of the fellowship year and must indicate the name of the institution in the International Fellowship application.
See the full eligibility criteria at the official website for more details.
Application deadline: 15 November 2020
How to apply for the AAUW International Fellowships:
Applications and submission of supporting documents are done online. The application deadline for AY 2020-2021 is 15 November 2020.
It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the online application and for detailed updated information on this scholarship/fellowship.
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