International Fellowships in United States for Women

Deadline: 1 December 2013
Open to: women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, holding bachelor’s degree
Fellowship: $18,000 up to $30,000.


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 3,300 women from more than 130 nations.

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, the arts, and sciences.


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. Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by September 30, 2013, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five fellowships are renewable for a second year.

Candidates are selected based on academic and professional qualifications, need for the specialized knowledge and skills of the country where she came from, commitment to the advancement of women in her home country as demonstrated by her previous work and proposed study or research, documented evidence prior to her community service in the home country particularly activities concerning women lives’ improvement.


The amount of the fellowship differs depending on what it is aimed for:

Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowship: $18,000
Doctoral Fellowship: $20,000
Postdoctoral Fellowship: $30,000


The following items constitute a complete application. If any item is missing, the application will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified. Please see the full application instructions for more detail.

  1. Application form
  2. Filing fee of $30 (nonrefundable)
  3. Supporting documents
    1. Official transcripts
    2. Proof of bachelor’s degree
    3. Proof of doctorate degree (postdoctoral applicants only)
    4. Official report of TOEFL test scores or request for waiver
    5. Letter of admission
    6. Acknowledgment postcard

Applications must be submitted online HERE by 5:00 p.m., central time USA, December 1, 2013.

Please direct all questions about applications to ACT, AAUW’s official application processing center. Please do not contact the AAUW office in Washington, D.C., or local branches for fellowship or grant application information. Please call 319.337.1716, e-mail

For more information, visit the official website.

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