AAUW Postdoctoral International Scholarship is now open for applications. This fellowship program is mainly for applicants who are women and have citizenship in a country other than the U.S. or possession of a non-immigrant visa if residing in the U.S.
AAUW Postdoctoral International Scholarship have been in existence since 1917. The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW), officially founded in 1881, is a non-profit organization that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. The organization has a nationwide network of 170,000 members and supporters, 1,000 local branches and 800 college and university partners. Its headquarters are in Washington, D.C. AAUW’s CEO is Gloria L. Blackwell.
In 1881, Marion Talbot and Ellen Swallow Richards invited 15 alumnae from 8 colleges to a meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The purpose of this meeting was to create an organization of women college graduates that would assist women in finding greater opportunities to use their education, as well as promoting and assisting other women’s college attendance. The Association of Collegiate Alumnae or ACA was officially founded on January 14, 1882. The ACA also worked to improve standards of education for women so that men’s and women’s higher education was more equal in the scope of men’s difficulties. At the beginning of 1884, the ACA had been meeting only in Boston. However, as more women across the country became interested in its work, the Association saw that expansion into branches was necessary to carry on its work. Washington, D.C., was the first branch to be created in 1884, and New York, Pacific (San Francisco), Philadelphia, and Boston branches followed in 1886. In 1885, the organization took on one of its first major projects: it essentially had to justify its right to exist. A common held at the time that a collegitrcation would harm a woman’s health and result in infertility. This myth was supported by Harvard-educated Boston physician Dr Edward H. Clarke. An ACA committee led by Annie created a series of questions that were sent to 1,290 ACA members; 705 replies were received. After the results were tabulated, the data demonstrated that higher education did not harm women’s health. The report, “Health Statistics of Female College Graduates”, was published in 1885 in conjunction with the Massachusetts Bureau of Statistics of Labour. This first research report is one of many conducted by AAUW during its history. In 1887, a fellowship program for women was established. Supporting the education of women through fellowships would continually remain a critical part of AAUW’s mission.
A limited number of awards are available for study outside of the U.S. (excluding the applicant’s home country) to women who are members of Graduate Women International (see the list of GWI affiliates). 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 the application deadline and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls.
Worth of AAUW Postdoctoral International Scholarship
- Opportunity to study at AAUW, USA
- Scholarship Worth: $18,000 – $30,000
- Several scholarship opportunities is available for international student
Eligibility for AAUW Postdoctoral International Scholarship
- To be eligible for AAUW’s International Fellowship, applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:
- Have citizenship in a country other than the U.S. or possession of a non-immigrant visa if residing in the U.S. 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.
- Hold an academic degree (earned in the U.S. or abroad) equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed by November 15, 2021.
- Intend to devote themselves full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year.
- Intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career and upon completion of their studies.
- Be proficient in English and confirm proficiency by submitting one of the Required Components (see below), which include certain English proficiency exams, transcripts from English-speaking institutions, or a written statement verifying English is the applicant’s native language
- 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).
- Members of the AAUW board of directors, committees, panels, task forces and staff, including current interns, are not eligible to apply for AAUW’s fellowships and grants. A person holding a current award is eligible for election or appointment to boards, committees, panels and task forces.
- International Fellowships are open to scholars who identify as women, in all fields of study at an accredited institution of higher education or, for postdoctoral fellows, research. AAUW will make final decisions about what constitutes eligible institutions.
- Unsuccessful applicants may reapply.
How to apply for AAUW Postdoctoral International Scholarship
The application for the AAUW’s International Fellowships is done online. Interested and eligible candidates can start the application process by clicking the Apply Now button to access the application and create an account through the vendor site.
Complete all required components in the following areas:
- Recommendations, Documents & Review
Application Deadline: November 15, 2022
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