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AAUW International Fellowships for Women in USA, 2015/2016

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Applications are invited for AAUW International Fellowships available for women who are not US citizens or permanent residents. The program provides support for one year of graduate or postgraduate study at US institutions. Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work. A limited number of awards are available to women who are members of the International Federation of University Women for study in any country other than their own. The application deadline is December 1, 2014.

Study Subject(s): Fellowships are awarded to study any of the courses offered by the US institutions.
Course Level: Fellowships are available for pursuing graduate or postgraduate study at US institutions.
Scholarship Provider: AAUW
Scholarship can be taken at: USA (Fellows may spend up to two months travelling abroad for research related to their project plan with prior written approval of AAUW)

Eligibility: The International Fellowships are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants). Also, AAUW boards, committees, panels, task forces, staff and current interns are not eligible to apply for fellowship and grant awards. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply. To be eligible for an International Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Citizenship in a country other than the United States (dual citizenship is not allowed) or possession of a non-immigrant visa if residing in the U.S.
  • Academic degree (earned in the U.S. or abroad) equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree completed by September 30, 2014.
  • Intention to devote herself full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year.
  • Intention to return to her home country to pursue a professional career.
  • Master's/First Professional Degree and Doctoral applicants must have applied by December 1, 2014, 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 JD, MFA, LLM, M.Arch., or medical degrees such as MD, DDS., etc.
  • Doctoral fellowships are intended for doctorate degrees, such as Ph.D. or Ed.D.
  • Postdoctoral applicants must provide proof of their doctorate degree; hold a doctorate classified as a research degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., DBA, MD) or an MFA by December 1, 2014; 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 U.S. during the fellowship year. A limited number of awards are available to IFUW 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 U.S.
  • 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 eligible.
  • Proficiency 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 2012 and September 30, 2014 (transcript required for validation), she must upload a recent score (no older than October 2012) on the International TOEFL*(Test of English as a Foreign Language). Institutional TOEFL scores and other English proficiency test scores (such as IELTS) will not be accepted. Minimum score acceptable: 550 for paper-based tests; 213 for computer-based tests; 79 for Internet-based tests. Test scores must be provided in the online application by the December 1, 2014, deadline, and score reports must be uploaded by December 1, 2014. Either originals or copies of score reports may be uploaded.
  • Distance/Online Learning Programs: 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 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.

Scholarship Open for International Students: International students other than from United States can apply for these scholarships.

Scholarship Description: The International Fellowship program has been in existence since 1917. The program provides support for one year of graduate or postgraduate study in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. (Women holding dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country are not eligible.) Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work. Fellowships are available for study in the U.S. A limited number of awards are available to women who are members of the International Federation of University Women for study in any country other than their own.

Number of award(s): Every year AAUW awards fellowships and grants to more than 200 women. Up to five International Master's/First Professional Degree Fellowships will be renewable for a second year; renewal instructions will be provided to fellows during their fellowship year.

Duration of award(s): The program provides support for one year of graduate or postgraduate study in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

What does it cover?

  • Master's/First Professional Degree: $18,000
  • Doctoral: $20,000
  • Postdoctoral: $30,000
  • International Fellowships funds are available for Educational expenses, Living expenses, Dependent child care and Travel to professional meetings, conferences or seminars, as long as it does not exceed 10% of the fellowship.

Selection Criteria: Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis according to funds available in a given fiscal year. Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.

Notification: Notification of awards mailed to all applicants in April 15, 2015. Fellows and Grantees posted on AAUW's website. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.

How to Apply: The mode of applying is online. The applicant must list the email addresses of three recommenders in the online application. The recommenders can only submit recommendations after the applicant has submitted a complete application. Upon submission of the application, each recommender will be sent an email with instructions for completing the online recommendation. Any application that is missing the recommendation will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.

Scholarship Application Deadline: The application deadline is December 1, 2014. The recommendation must be submitted by the recommender no later than 5:00 p.m., Central Time, December 8, 2014.

Further Official Scholarship Information and Application


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