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  • Writer's pictureOmran Aburayya

AAUW International Fellowship for Women (MSc, PhD, Postdoc) 2025-26

If you are an international female student looking for a scholarship to allow you to pursue graduate or postdoctoral studies in the United States, then you might consider the AAUW International Fellowships for women.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) 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. Additionally, 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.


Scholarship Value

The AAUW International Fellowship has below values according to study levels:

  • Master’s degree: $20,000

  • Doctoral: $25,000

  • Postdoctoral: $50,000

Award Regulations

International Fellowship funds are available for:

  • Educational expenses.

  • Living expenses. Dependent child care.

  • Travel to professional meetings, conferences, or seminars that do not exceed 10% of the fellowship total.

➢ Any other costs and expenses not mentioned above are not part of the award amount.



To be eligible for an International Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a woman or identify as a woman

  • 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 completed by the application deadline.

  • Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must have applied by the AAUW application deadline, 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. While acceptance is not required at the time of application, fellows must provide official confirmation from the institution with their award acceptance materials.

  • 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 upon completion of their studies.

  • Be proficient in English and confirm proficiency by submitting one of the Required Components which include; certain English proficiency exams, transcripts from English-speaking institutions, or a written statement verifying English is the applicant’s native language.

  • This fellowship program does not provide funding for distance-learning or online programs or for degrees heavily dependent on distance-learning components.


Application Guideline

Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications online by following below steps:

1). Start the application process by creating an account on the online application portal

2). Complete all required components in the following areas.

  • Start

  • Background

  • Proposal

  • Recommendations, Documents & Review

Required Documents

You can find the list of all required documents on this webpage under the 'Required Components' tab.

Application Deadline

Submit the application, recommendations, and supporting documents online by November 15, 2024, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


Decisions will be emailed to all applicants by April 15, 2025.

Fellowship Year

The fellowship runs from July 1, 2025, to June 30, 2026.





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