AAUW International Fellowships

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

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Grant amount: US $18,000 - US $30,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 15, 2020 9:59pm PST

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher, Masters Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Caribbean Show all

Gender restriction: Female

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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About this funder:



Mission: Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Background: 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.

Originally designed to provide Latin American women opportunities for graduate and postgraduate study in the United States, the International Fellowships program awarded its first fellowship in 1917. The program now includes women from around the world, and International Fellowships have been awarded to more than 3,400 women from more than 140 nations.

International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported. 

A limited number of awards are available for study outside of the United States (excluding the applicant’s home country) to women who are members of Graduate Women International.

Award amounts:

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

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • To be eligible for an International Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
    • Have citizenship in a country other than the United States or possession of a non-immigrant visa if residing in the United States.
    • Hold an academic degree (earned in the United States or abroad) equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed by September 30, 2016.
    • Intend to devote herself full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year.
    • 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 October 2014 and September 30, 2016 (transcript required for validation), she must upload a recent score (no older than October 2014) on the ETS TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). 
      • Minimum score acceptable: 550 for paper-based tests; 213 for computer-based tests; 79 for Internet-based tests. 
    • Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must have applied by December 1, 2016, 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.
    • 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.
    • 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., M.D.) or an M.F.A. by December 1, 2016; 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.
    • Must be conducting a full year of study or research.
  • Eligible costs:
    • 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


  • Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.


  • Ineligible applicants:
    • 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
    • Women holding dual citizenship in the United States and another country
  • Funds are not available for:
    • Purchase of equipment
    • Indirect costs
    • Research assistants
    • Previous expenditures, deficits, or repayment of loans
    • Publication costs
    • Institutional (overhead) costs
    • Tuition for dependent’s education
    • Grants-in-aid for less than a full academic year or travel grants
    • Travel to or from a fellow’s home country
    • Travel to or from the fellow’s research location, if abroad (does not apply to fellows who are GWI members with AAUW approval to study or research in a country other than their own)
  • Programs ending prior to April of the fellowship year are not eligible.
  • Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral fellowships do not provide funding for distance-learning or online programs or for degrees heavily dependent on distance-learning components.