A Guide on How to Apply for 2024 AAUW International Fellowships for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s foremost advocate for women’s and girls’ equity and education.

Since 1917, AAUW International Fellowships have been available. A limited number of grants are available to women who are members of Graduate Women International (see the list of GWI affiliates) for studies outside of the United States (excluding the applicant’s home country).

Graduate and postgraduate study at approved institutions in the United States are both encouraged.

By the application deadline, applicants must have obtained the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in the United States and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study. Recipients are chosen for their academic achievements as well as their demonstrated devotion to women and girls.

Recipients return home to become leaders in industry, government, academia, community action, the arts, or science.

Type: Undergraduate, Masters, PhD, Post-Doctoral, Fellowship

Application Deadline: November 15, 2023 (every year)

Value & Duration of Award: $20,000 – $50,000

Applicants for AAU International Fellowships for Graduate and Postgraduate Students will receive the following fellowship funds:

  • Master’s/first professional degree: $20,000
  • Doctoral: $25,000
  • Postdoctoral: $50,000
  • Educational expenses
  • Living expenses
  • Dependent child care
  • Travel to professional meetings, conferences or seminars that does not exceed 10% of the fellowship total.

Eligible Countries: International Students

Eligibility: To be eligible for AAU International Fellowships for Graduate and Postgraduate Students, applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:

  • Have citizenship in a country other than the United States, or be in possession of a non-immigrant visa if resident in the United States. Women who are presently or expect to be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or dual citizen of the United States and another nation 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, 2022.
  • 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. Applicants planning to take one of the accepted English proficiency exams should plan for and take the test as early as possible. Please direct questions about the tests to the test provider.
  • Master’s/first professional degree and doctoral applicants must have applied by November 15, 2023, 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.
  • 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. Certificates, associate degrees, and undergraduate degrees are ineligible.
  • Doctoral fellowships are intended for doctorate degrees classified as research 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, 2023; 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 Graduate Women International 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.
  • 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.

How To Apply:

Applicants who are interested and qualify for AAU International Fellowships for Graduate and Postgraduate Students should fill out and submit an online application for the fellowship program.

Please email if you have any queries or need technical assistance from ISTS, our technical consultant. If the webpage asks for a program key, enter AAUW-IF. We strongly advise applicants not to opt out of ISTS notifications in order to get vital AAUW communications.


  • November 15, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time: Deadline for online submission of application, recommendations, and supporting documents.
  • April 15, 2024: Notification of decisions emailed to all applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.
  • July 1, 2024 –June 30, 2025: Fellowship year

When a date falls on a weekend or holiday, the date will be observed on the following business day.

Key Points:

The group meets once a year to assess grant proposals. The criteria listed above are used to determine awards. The panel’s recommendations are subject to final acceptance by AAUW. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis based on available funding in a given fiscal year.

AAUW does not comment on the deliberations of its award panels in order to ensure a fair evaluation process. AAUW does not provide application reviews. There are no provisions for reconsidering fellowship proposals. Applications and supporting documentation become AAUW’s sole property and will not be returned or retained for another year.

  • Applicants residing in their home country at time of application, from developing/emerging countries, or from an underrepresented group in any region, will receive special consideration.
  • Position on return to home country.
  • Academic and/or professional qualifications.
  • Demonstrated commitment to the advancement of women and girls in 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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