2015-16 AAUW International Fellowship Program to Study in the United States

2015-16 AAUW International Fellowship Program to Study in the United States

Deadline: December 1, 2014

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is accepting applications for the 2015 International Fellowships. The International Fellowship 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. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.

About the Fellowships

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.]

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. 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.

Award Amounts

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


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.

For more information, visit AAUW International Fellowships.