International Scholarships have been in existence since 1917. The program provides support to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents planning to return to their home country to pursue employment for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral studies in the United States States aspire to career.A limited number of awards are available for studies outside the United States (excluding the candidate’s home country) for women who are members of Graduate Women International (see list of GWI partners).However, both graduate and postgraduate courses at accredited US institutions are supported. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a US bachelor’s degree by the application deadline and have applied to the proposed study institutions by the application deadline.They are also selected on academic merit and show a commitment to women and girls. Applicants return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts or science.
The International Scholarships include:
- Masters/Fist degree: $18,000
- Promotion: $20,000
- Postdoc: $30,000
- Eligibility for International Scholarships
- International scholarships are not open to previous recipients of national scholarships or grants from AAUW (except for branch or local awards or community action grants).
- Members of the board, committees, panels, task forces, and staff of the American Association of University Women, including current interns, are not eligible to apply for AAUW scholarships and grants. A person who has recently received an award is eligible for election or appointment to boards, committees, panels and task forces.
- International scholarships are open to students who identify as women in any field of study at an accredited university or, for postdocs, in research. The American Association of University Women will make final decisions about what constitutes qualifying institutions.
- Unsuccessful candidates may reapply.
- To qualify for an international scholarship, applicants must meet the following standards:
- Citizenship of a country other than the United States or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the United States do not qualify.
- Possess an academic degree (achieved in the US or abroad) equivalent to a US bachelor’s degree completed by November 15, 2021.
- Plan to devote full time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year.
- Planning to return to their home country for professional careers and after graduation.
- Be professional in English and validate your proficiency by submitting any of the required components (see below), which include specific English masters exams, certificates from English-speaking institutions, or a written statement certifying that English is the applicant’s first language. Applicants wishing to take one of the recognized English exams should plan and take the test as early as possible. Questions about the tests should be directed to the test provider.
- Applicants for a master’s/first professional degree and a doctorate must have applied to an accredited study institution for the duration of the scholarship year by November 15, 2022 and must state the name of the institution in the International Fellowship application. While acceptance is not required at the time of application, grantees are required to provide official confirmation from the institution with their documentation of acceptance of the award.
- Masters/First Professional Degree Scholarships are available for Masters or Professional degrees such as J.D., M.F.A., L.L.M., M.Arch. or medical degrees such as M.D., D.D.S. etc. planned. Certificates, associate degrees, and undergraduate degrees are not eligible.
- Doctoral scholarships are intended for doctorates classified as research degrees, such as B. Ph.D. or Ed.D.
- Postdocs must provide evidence of their doctorate; a PhD classified as a research degree (e.g. Ph.D., Ed.D., D.B.A., D.M.) or an M.F.A. until November 15, 2022; and show where they will conduct their research.
- Applicants for a master’s/undergraduate degree and doctorate must be registered at a US-accredited institution in the US during the scholarship year.
- A limited number of awards are available to Graduate Women International members for study or research visits to countries other than their own. Note that foreign branches of US institutions are considered outside the US.
- Candidates can apply for the scholarship for any year of their program but must complete a full year of study or research. International grants do not provide funding for a partial year of study or research. Note that programs ending before April of the scholarship year do not qualify.
- Distance learning/online programs: Master’s/first professional qualifications and doctoral scholarships support classic attendance courses at technical colleges or universities. This scholarship program does not provide funding for distance learning or online programs or degrees that rely heavily on distance learning components. The final decision on what constitutes distance learning under these scholarships is made by the American Association of University Women. The AAUW accepts applications from fellows who are temporarily studying remotely at their institution due to COVID-19 protection.
How to Apply for International Fellowships
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