Get up to $30,000 for Non-U.S. Citizens with a U.S. Bachelor’s degree in the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships 2020

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For women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, sign up for the 2020 International Fellowships to pursue a full-time study or research in the United States.

The fellowship will offer selected fellows a generous financial aid to be put to use in the field of study/research. 

Application Deadline: November 15, 2020.

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Benefits

The fellowship will award funding between $18,000 to $30,000 as follows:

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

The International Fellowship funds can be put to use in the following areas:

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

Eligibility

To be eligible for the 2020 International Fellowships, by the time of the application, Applicants must 

  • Be scholars who identify as women, in all fields of study.
  • Have applied to their proposed institutions of study. 
  • Be willing to return to their home countries to pursue professional careers.
  • Have citizenship in a country other than the U.S. or possession of a nonimmigrant visa if residing in the U.S.
  • Hold an academic degree (earned in the U.S. or abroad) equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree.
  • Be proficient in English and confirm proficiency by submitting a valid Educational Testing Service’s Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score or other verification accepted by AAUW. 

Requirements/Specifications 

  • Up to five International Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year. 

Fellows will receive application information for this competitive program

  • Awardees must return to their home countries to become change facilitators/leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts or scientific fields.
  • Applicants planning to take the TOEFL or IELTS should plan for and take the test as early as possible.
  • 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.
  • Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must have applied by November 15, 2020, 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. 
  • Fellows must provide official confirmation from the institution with their acceptance materials
    • 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.
    • 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, 2020; 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.
    • Distance learning/online 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 or online programs or for degrees heavily dependent on distance-learning components. 

AAUW will accept applications from applicants who are temporarily studying remotely due to COVID-19 precautions at their institution.

  • The International Fellowships are not open to 
    • Past recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants).
    • Members of the AAUW board of directors, committees, panels, task forces and staff, including current interns. 
  • A person holding a current award is eligible for election or appointment to boards, committees, panels and task forces.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may reapply.
  • A limited number of awards are available to Graduate Women International members for study or research in any country other than their own.
  • Applicants can apply for the fellowship for any year of their program, but 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.

  • Preference will be given to applicants residing in their home country at time of application, from developing/emerging countries, or from an underrepresented group in any region.
  • Applicants must pass the eligibility quiz to be reviewed by the selection panel.
  • 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 20 hours a week or teach one course, with prior written approval of AAUW.
  • Stipends are made payable to fellows only, not to institutions.

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Application Instructions

To apply for the 2020 International Fellowships, 

  • Complete all required sections in the following areas.
    • Recommendations– Provide three recommendations from professors or professional colleagues familiar with you, your work, and your academic background, in striving towards scholarly pursuits. 
    • Academics.
    • Narratives.
    • Budget.
    • Uploads.
    • Proof of highest degree: 
    • Transcripts: including a list of courses taken and grades received.
    • For Proof of bachelor’s degree, upload one of the following:
      • Transcript showing degree and date received (must be on or before November 15, 2020).
      • Copy of diploma showing date degree was received (must be on or before November 15, 2020).
      • Copy of acceptance letter to, or current enrollment in, a graduate-level program at a U.S. institution.
    • Proof of a doctorate or M.F.A. degree (postdoctoral applicants only)
    • For Proof of English proficiency, upload one of the following:
      • Official report of an acceptable and valid TOEFL or IELTS score. Scores are valid for two years. 

Institutional TOEFL scores and other English proficiency test scores will not be accepted.

      • Minimum acceptable scores are as follows:
        • TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test): 79
        • Revised TOEFL Paper-Delivered Test: 60
        • IELTS: 6.5
    • Verification the applicant’s native language is English (written statement required).
    • Confirmation secondary diploma or undergraduate degree is from an English-speaking institution (transcript required).
    • Confirmation of one semester of full-time study in the applicant’s discipline at an English-speaking college or university between November 2018 and November 2020 (transcript required).
    • C.V./Résumé
  • Click here to apply.

About the International Fellowships

Offered by the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the 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. 

The program is offered to both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions.

Recipients of the program are required to sign a contract as acceptance of the award.

Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for application is November 15th, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. Central Time. 

Applicants will be notified of selection details via email by April 15, 2021.

Notification of decisions emailed to all applicants.

An International Fellow is expected to pursue her project full time during the fellowship year of July 1st 2021–June 30th 2022. 

Selection will be made on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls.

The International Fellowships Panel will evaluate all entries for funding and submit recommendations to the AAUW Board of Directors for final approval. 

Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis according to funds available. 

The following criteria will be considered for selection of awardees:

  • 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 home country.
  • Applicant’s country’s need for the specialized knowledge or skill.
  • Financial need.
  • Motivation for graduate study or research.
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