AAUW International Fellowships for Women in USA
Areas of Study :
Masters or First Professional/PhD/Postdoctoral degree
Scholarship Funded by :
American Association of University Women
Provided to :
Women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents for full-time
study or research in the Accredited U.S. institutions
AAUW (the American Association of University Women)
provides International Fellowships for Women to pursue their Masters or First
Professional/PhD/Postdoctoral degree in USA.
AAUW’s International Fellowship program has been in existence since 1917.
The International Fellowships is for women who are not United States citizens or
permanent residents for full-time study or research in the Accredited U.S. institutions. Both graduate and
postgraduate studies at accredited institutions are supported. Preference
is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and
girls through civic, community, or professional work.
Master’s/Professional Fellowship: $18,000
Doctorate Fellowship: $20,000
Postdoctoral Fellowship: $30,000
are available for Educational expenses, Living expenses,
Dependent child care, Travel to professional meetings, conferences, or
seminars, as long as it does not exceed 10 percent of the fellowship
Up to five International Fellowships for
master’s/first professional degrees and will be renewable for a second year; renewal
instructions will be provided to fellows during their fellowship year.
Eligibility Criteria :
To be eligible for an International Fellowship, applicants must meet the
- Have citizenship in a country other than the United States or
possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the United States. Women
holding dual citizenship in the United States and another country or who are
permanent legal residents of the United States are not eligible.
- Hold an academic degree (earned in the United States or abroad)
equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree
- 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, that she received her secondary diploma or
undergraduate degree from an English-speaking institution, or that she will
have completed one semester of full-time study in her discipline at an
English-speaking college or university between November 2016 and November 2018 transcript required for validation), she must upload a recent ETS
TOEFL* (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score (no older than November 2016). 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 November 15, 2018, 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.
- 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, 2018; 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 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 United States.
- 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
- 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.
* TOEFL is given at
designated test centers throughout the world. Applicants planning to take
the TOEFL should check test locations, dates, and formats and take the test
as early as possible. The code for AAUW is 9231. This code must be written
on the test registration form so that the scores will be reported directly
to AAUW and score report request form for tests previously taken. TOEFL is
changing to an internet-based test and will be administered through the
internet in most countries. Questions? Contact the United States Embassy in
the applicant’s country. You can also write to: ETS TOEFL at TOEFL Services,
Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA;
visit their website, ets.org/toefl; fax 610.290.8972; call 609.771.7100; or
How to apply
Applicants can submit application along with supporting documents by online.
- Proof of highest degree
- Provide three recommenders of 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.
- Proof of current enrollment (currently-enrolled applications only)
- Proof of bachelor’s degree
- Proof of doctorate or M.F.A. degree (postdoctoral applicants only)
- Official report of TOEFL test scores or waiver request
- Letter of admission from the proposed institution of study or research.
For more information visit the official website : Website:
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Washington, DC 20005