AAUW International Fellowships in USA for Women

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AAUW International Fellowships in USA for Women

Brief description
AAUW (the American Association of University Women) awards International Fellowships for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited institutions are supported.
The scholarship is awarded for full-time study or research to women from all around the world and more than 3400 scholarships awarded to women across 140 nations till now.
The International Fellowships program awarded its first fellowship in 1917.

Host Institution(s)
Accredited U.S. institutions

Level/Fields of study
This scholarship is applicable for Masters Degree, Bachelors Diploma, Masters Diploma, Bachelors Certificate, Masters Certificate.

Eligible Student Nationality
This scholarship is applicable for students from India, UK, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, Germany and 234 countries more.

Student Awards

  • Number of students to be awarded is 5 that is up to five International Fellowships for Master’s/First professional degrees will be awarded.
  • These fellowships will be renewable for the second year, fellows will receive application information for this competitive program during their fellowship year.

Target group
Women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work.

Scholarship value/inclusions

  • Master’s/Professional Fellowship: $18,000
  • Doctorate Fellowship: $20,000
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: $30,000

Scholarship amount will be given yearly to the students.

Exam Details

  • November 15, 2018, by 11:59 p.m. Central Time- Deadline for online submission of application, recommendations, and supporting documents.
  • April 15, 2019- Notification of decisions emailed to all applicants. AAUW is not able to honour requests for earlier notification.
  • July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020- Fellowship year

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

Eligibility criteria

  • Have citizenship in a country other than the United States or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the United States
  • Hold an academic degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed by November 15, 2018.
  • Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must have applied by November 15, 2018, 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
  • Applicants must pass the eligibility quiz to be reviewed by the selection panel
  • Intend to devote herself full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year
  • Must be proficient in English with the TOEFL test-
    Minimum score acceptable: 550 for Paper-Based Test (TOEFL PBT); 79 for Internet-Based Test (TOEFL CBT); 60 for Revised TOEFL Paper-Delivered Test
  • Be proficient in English.
  • 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 PhD 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., D.B.A., D.M.) or an M.F.A. by November 15, 2018; and indicate where they will conduct their research.
  • Applicants must be conducting a 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.

Criteria for selection and application review

  • The applicant residing in the home country at the time of application will receive special consideration
  • Position on return to home country
  • Academic and/or professional qualifications
  • Applicant’s commitment to the advancement of women and girls in her home country
  • Proposed time schedule
  • Quality and feasibility of proposed plan of study or research
  • Demonstrated evidence of prior community and/or civic service in the home country
  • Applicant’s country’s need for the specialized knowledge or skill
  • Financial need
  • The motivation for graduate study or research
  • The applicant is from an underrepresented area of the country and/or type of university other than a top-level research institution

International Fellowship funds are available for:

  • Educational expenses
  • Living expenses
  • Dependent child care
  • Travel to professional meetings, conferences, or seminars, as long as it does not exceed 10 per cent of the fellowship

International Fellowship 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)

AAUW regards the acceptance of a fellowship as a contract requiring fulfilment of the following terms:

  • All International Fellowship recipients are required to sign a contract as acceptance of the award. Retain these instructions as they will become part of the fellowship contract if the applicant is awarded a fellowship.
  • An International Fellow is expected to pursue her project full time during the fellowship year (July 1–June 30). No partial fellowships are awarded. Fellowships may not be deferred.
  • Any changes in plans for the fellowship year must have the prior written approval of AAUW.
  • Fellows may spend up to two months travelling abroad for research related to their project plan with prior written approval of AAUW.
  • Fellows may work up to 15 hours a week or teach one section of one course, with the prior written approval of AAUW.
  • Stipend checks are made payable to fellows only, not to institutions.

Application Documents

  • Provide three recommenders who are professors or professional colleagues well acquainted with you, your work, and your academic background, in striving towards scholarly pursuits. When possible, recommenders should be professors or professional colleagues in the applicant’s home country who can speak about the applicant’s qualifications and about the country’s need for the specialized skill or knowledge she plans to acquire with her proposed study or research
  • C.V./Resume
  • Financial statement of Budget and Payment is required
  • Official transcripts required
  • Transcripts must include a list of courses taken and grades received.
  • If the institution does not provide a transcript or a list of courses taken and grades received or the degree did not require coursework, an official letter* from the institution where the degree was received that includes the degree completion date must be uploaded.
  • Do not upload copies of additional certificates or other documents the applicant may have received during her education.
  • Letter of Admission
  • Proof of current enrollment (currently-enrolled applications only)
  • A certified English translation is required for all documents provided in a foreign language, including transcripts, letters, and diploma

Application Process

  • The $30 filing fee is required to cover the cost of administering the application process

Tips for Proposal Preparation

  • Read and follow all guidelines
  • Proofread all work thoroughly
  • Have someone else read the completed proposal
  • Be concise

Application Instructions

  • Applications and submission of supporting documents are done online. The application deadline for AY 2019-2020 is 15 November 2018.

Visit the official website http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/international-fellowships/ to access the online application and for detailed updated information on the scholarship/fellowship.

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