AAUW International Fellowships

Awarded by : AAUW (American Association of University Women)

Updated on Nov 30, 2022
Tanuj Kumar

University Research Analyst

AAUW International Fellowships

  • Applicable for

    All universities in USA

  • Max scholarship per student

    Rs 16,49,200/-

  • No. of students to be awarded


  • Course Level

    Bachelors & Masters

  • Intake year

    Aug 2023

  • Final application deadline

    15 Nov 2023

  • Type of scholarships

    Need, Merit

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Scholarship Overview

International Fellowships offered by AAUW have been in existence since 1917. These are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not the U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Graduate as well as postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported under this scholarship, and who wish to return to their home country in order to pursue a professional career. Note that a limited number of awards are available for study outside the U.S. to women who are members of Graduate Women International.

By the time of the application, the applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree. Apart from this, applicants must have also applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. The recipients of AAUW International Fellowships are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to girls and women. The recipients return to their home countries to eventually become leaders in academic, business, government, community activism, the arts or scientific fields.

Award Amount of International Fellowships of AAUW

  • Master’s / first professional degree: $20,000
  • Doctoral: $25,000
  • Postdoctoral: $50,000
  • International Fellowships funds are available for educational expenses, living expenses, dependent child care, and travel to professional meetings, conferences or seminars that do not exceed 10% of the fellowship total
  • Note that the International Fellowships funds are not available for the purchase of equipment, research assistants, indirect costs, publication costs, previous expenditures, deficits or repayment of loans, institutional (overhead) costs, tuition for dependent’s education, grants-in-aid for less than a full academic year or travel grants, travel from or to fellow’s home country, travel to or from the fellow’s research location, if abroad

Timeline of AAUW International Fellowships

  • Opens August 01 every year
  • Deadline is November 15, 2022
  • April 15, 2023: Notification of decision is emailed to the applicants
  • July 01, 2023 – June 30, 2024: Fellowship year

Selection Criteria and Application Review of International Fellowships of AAUW

Once a year, the panel meets to review the applications for funding. The recommendations by the panel are subject to final approval by AAUW. The fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis as per the funds available in a given fiscal year. The awards are based on the criteria outlined here:

  • Applicants must be residing in their home country at the time of application, from developing / emerging countries, or from an underrepresented group in any region, shall receive special consideration
  • Academic and / or professional qualifications
  • Position on return to home country
  • Demonstrated a commitment to the development of women and girls in their home country
  • Feasibility and quality of the proposed plan of study or research
  • Proposed time schedule
  • Motivation for research or graduate study
  • Financial need
  • Demonstrated evidence of prior community and / or civic sense in the home country
  • Country’s need for the specialized knowledge or skill of the applicant

Applicable course, university and country

This scholarship is applicable for Masters Degree, Bachelors Diploma, Masters Diploma, Bachelors Certificate, Masters Certificate

This scholarship is applicable for all universities in USA

Scholarship amount details

Max scholarship per student: USD 20,000 => Rs 16,49,200

Conversion rate used: 1 USD = Rs. 82.46 (last updated 28th October 2022)

Scholarship amount will be given: Yearly

Scholarship amount can be used for

Type of Expense Indicates if scholarship can be used for this type of expense
Tuition & Fees Scholarship amount can be used for this
Living Expense Scholarship amount can be used for this
Accommodation ×Not covered in scholarship
Air Fare/Travel Expenses Scholarship amount can be used for this
Spouse/Child Care Scholarship amount can be used for this
Health Cover ×Not covered in scholarship
Application ×Not covered in scholarship
Others Scholarship amount can be used for this

Fellowship fund is available for:

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

Fellowship fund is 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)

Student Awards

Number of students to be awarded: 5

  • Up to five International Fellowships for master’s/first professional degrees will be awarded 

Scholarship Eligibility

Special Restrictions

  • Only for Women

  • 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.

Exams Details

Exam name Indicates if exam is required and cutoff (if any)
TOEFL Required (minimum score 79)
IELTS Required (minimum score 6.5)
12 Required
UG Required


  • 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
  • Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must have applied by November 15, 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 iBT); 60 for Revised TOEFL paper-delivered Test
    • IELTS - 6.5

Preference will be given to following candidates:

  • Preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work

Eligible student nationality

This scholarship is applicable for students from India +238 more

Application Process for this scholarship

Application Documents

Type of documents Indicates if this type of document is required to be submitted
LOR Required
CV Required
Financial/Tax Documents Required
Official transcripts Required

  • 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

Additional Documents:

  • 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

Scholarship Application

This scholarship needs a separate external application.

Important Dates

Date Additional Details
Application start date August 01, 2023 Not Available
Application final end date November 15, 2023
  • The deadline for 2022 has already been passed while deadline is November 15 every year
Notification of Winners April 15, 2023
  • Notification of decisions emailed to all applicants
Fellowship year July 01, 2023
  • Fellowship year- July 1, 2023–June 30, 2024

Please note that these dates could be in local country times and may not be IST (Indian standard time).

Contact email aauw@applyists.com

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