AAUW International Fellowships Program In USA

AAUW International Fellowships Program In USA

AAUW (American Association of University Women) international fellowships are given to women who are not US citizenship but intend to pursue full-time study or research in the United States.

International Fellowships have been in existence since 1917. The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who intend 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 applicant’s home country) to women who are members of Graduate Women International. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

🇺🇸 Sponsor American Association of University Women.
🎯 Purpose To support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study or professional career.
🇺🇸 Target Women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in USA
🛠️ Benefits $20,000–$50,000
⏳ Deadline November 15, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
đź“ś Eligibility Women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Applicants must have earned 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. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. 

Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, and the arts or scientific fields. 

AAUW International Fellowships Eligibility: Who Can Apply?

  • 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 the application deadline. 
    • Intend to devote themselves full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year.
    • Intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career upon completion of their studies. 
    • Be proficient in English and confirm proficiency by submitting one of the Required Components (see below), which include certain English proficiency exams, transcripts from English-speaking institutions, or a written statement verifying English is the applicant’s native language. Applicants planning to take one of the accepted English proficiency 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 the AAUW application deadline, 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. While acceptance is not required at the time of application, fellows must provide official confirmation from the institution with their award acceptance materials. 

AAUW International Fellowships Amount

Master’s/first professional degree: $20,000
Doctoral: $25,000
Postdoctoral: $50,000


August 1, 2023
Application opens.

November 15, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time
Deadline for online submission of application, recommendations, and supporting documents.

April 15, 2024
Notification of decisions emailed to all applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.

July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025
Fellowship year

When a date falls on a weekend or holiday, the date will be observed on the following business day.

Required Documents

  • Proof of highest degree: Upload transcripts
  • Proof of current enrollment (currently enrolled applicants only)
  • Proof of a doctorate or M.F.A. degree (postdoctoral applicants only)
  • Proof of English proficiencyUpload one of the following:
    • Official report of an acceptable and valid TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge assessment score.
  • Written statement verifying the applicant’s native language is English.
  • Academic transcript or diploma confirming one of the following:
    • Secondary diploma or undergraduate degree is from an English-speaking institution.
    • One semester of full-time study in the applicant’s discipline at an English-speaking institution between November 2021 and November 2023.
  • A certified English translation is required for all components provided in a foreign language
  • All transcripts provided must include the applicant’s full name, the school’s name, all courses, and all grades, as well as any other information requested in the application instructions

For more information: Visit the official page of AAUW’s International Fellowships 

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