International Fellowships have been present since 1917. The program provides support for women seeking full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States to women who are not U.S. 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 of the U.S. (excluding the candidate’s home country) to women who are members of Graduate Women International (see the list of GWI affiliates).
However, both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are backed. Candidates must have attained 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.
They are also selected for academic achievement and displayed 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 Fellowships covers:
- Master’s/first professional degree: $18,000
- Doctoral: $20,000
- Postdoctoral: $30,000
Eligibility for International Fellowships
- International Fellowships are not open to prior recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants).
- Members of the American Association of University Women’s board of directors, committees, panels, task forces, and staff, including current interns, are not qualified to apply for AAUW’s fellowships and grants. A person holding a recent award is qualified for election or appointment to boards, committees, panels, 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. American Association of University Women will make final decisions about what constitutes qualified institutions.
- Unsuccessful candidates may reapply.
- To be qualified for an International Fellowships, applicants must meet the following standards:
- Have citizenship in a country other than the U.S. or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if living in the U.S. Women who are presently, 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 qualified.
- Hold an academic degree (achieved in the U.S. or abroad) equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed by November 15, 2021.
- Plan to commit themself full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year.
- Plan to return to their home country to pursue a professional career and upon completion of their studies.
- Be professional in English and confirm proficiency by submitting one of the Required Components (see below), which include certain English mastery exams, transcripts from English-speaking institutions, or a written statement confirming English is the applicant’s native language. Applicants planning to take one of the accepted English mastery exams should plan for and take the test as early as possible. Please direct questions about the tests to the test provider.
- Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must have applied by November 15, 2022, to an accredited institution of study for the period of the fellowship year and must show the name of the institution in the International Fellowship application. While acceptance is not needed 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 planned 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 planned for doctorate degrees classified as research degrees, such as Ph.D. or Ed.D.
- Postdoctoral applicants must provide evidence of their doctorate; 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 show where they will perform their research.
- Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must be registered in a U.S. accredited institution located in the U.S. 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 regarded outside of the U.S.
- Candidates 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. Note that programs ending before April of the fellowship year are not qualified.
- Distance learning/online programs: Master’s/first professional degrees 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 degrees heavily dependent on distance-learning components. Final decisions about what constitutes distance learning under these fellowships will be made by the American Association of University Women. The AAUW will accept applications from fellows who are temporarily studying remotely due to COVID-19 protection at their institution.