USA: AAUW’s International Fellowship Program for Women, 2019/2020

AAUW’s International Fellowship program has 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.

Country of Study: The USA Institution/ University: Accredited Institutions in the United States
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019 Level of Study: Postgraduate and Postdoctoral

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About Institution (S): 

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.

AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.

Sponsor(s) : The American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Program(s): 

All postgradute programs offered at the University (Any accredited university in the USA)

Scholarship Benefits:

  • Master’s/first professional degree: $18,000
  • Doctoral: $20,000
  • Postdoctoral: $30,000

Eligibility Requirements:

  • International Fellowships are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants). Members and officers of the AAUW Board of Directors are not eligible to apply for fellowships and grant awards. AAUW staff or volunteers with decision-making authority who wish to apply for an award must recuse themselves from the decision-making process.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply.
  • To be eligible for an International Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • 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 November 15, 2019.
    • Intend to devote herself full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year
    • Intend 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 2017 and November 2019 (transcript required), she must upload a recent ETS TOEFL* (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score. 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, no older than October 2017); 79 for Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT, no older than November 2017); 60 for Revised TOEFL Paper-Delivered Test (no older than November 2017).
    • Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must have applied by November 15, 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.
    • 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.
    • Doctoral fellowships are intended for doctorate degrees, such as Ph.D. or Ed.D.
    • Postdoctoral applicants must provide proof of their doctorate 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, 2019; 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 U.S. during the fellowship year.
    • A limited number of awards are available to GWI 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 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.
    • Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral fellowships support traditional classroom-based courses of study at colleges or universities. This fellowship program does not provide funding for distance-learning or online programs or for degrees heavily dependent on distance-learning components. Final decisions about what constitutes distance learning under these fellowships will be made by AAUW.

Application Procedures:

Start the application process by clicking on the link to access the application and create an account through our vendor site. Complete all required components in the following tabs.

  1. Eligibility
    • Applicants must pass the eligibility quiz to be reviewed by the selection panel.
  1. Applicant
  1. Recommendations
    • Provide three recommenders who are professors or professional colleagues well acquainted with you, your work, and your academic background, in striving towards scholarly pursuits. When possible, recommenders should be professors or professional colleagues in the applicant’s home country who can speak about the applicant’s qualifications and about the country’s need for the specialized skill or knowledge she plans to acquire with her proposed study or research. AAUW does not accept references from dossier services.
  1. Academics
  1. Narratives
  1. Budget
  1. Uploads
    • Proof of highest degree — applicant will upload transcripts** from the college or university where the highest degree (not a certificate) was obtained.
      • Transcripts must include a list of courses taken and grades received.
      • If the institution does not provide a transcript or a list of courses taken and grades received or the degree did not require coursework, an official letter* from the institution where the degree was received that includes the degree completion date must be uploaded.
      • Do not upload copies of additional certificates or other documents the applicant may have received during her education.
    • Proof of current enrollment (currently-enrolled applications only) — applicant will upload transcripts**/lists of courses/institution letters from the college or university in which the applicant is currently enrolled, if she is enrolled.
      • Transcripts must include a list of courses taken and grades received.
      • Many transcripts do not include current coursework. If fall 2019 semester grades are not available and are not on your transcript, a list of courses taken that semester must be provided by the institution’s Office of the Registrar.
      • If the institution does not provide a transcript or a list of courses taken and grades received or the degree did not require coursework, an official letter* from the institution where the degree was received that includes the degree completion date must be uploaded.
    • Proof of bachelor’s degree — applicant will upload any one of the following:
      • Transcript** showing degree and date received (must be on or before November 15, 2019)
      • Copy of diploma showing date degree was received (must be on or before November 15, 2019)
      • Copy of acceptance letter to, or current enrollment in, a graduate-level program at a U.S. institution
    • Proof of doctorate or M.F.A. degree (postdoctoral applicants only) — applicant will upload any of the following:
      • Transcript** showing degree and date received (must be on or before November 15, 2019)
      • Official letter from institution where degree was received that includes the degree completion date
      • Copy of diploma showing date degree was received (must be on or before November 15, 2019)
    • Official report of TOEFL test scores or waiver request — applicant will upload report or waiver requirements based on criteria described above.
    • Letter of admission — applicant will upload a letter of admission* from the proposed institution of study or research.
      • If the applicant has not been accepted at the time of application, she must list the name of at least one institution to which she has applied.
      • Fellows must provide official confirmation from the institution with their acceptance materials.
  1. C.V./Résumé

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