American Association of University Women: International Fellowships

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, the American Association of University Women's International Fellowship program has been in existence since 1917.

Applications open

1 Aug 2023

Applications closed

15 Nov 2023

Application type

Application required
How to apply

Benefit type

General allowance
Full benefit details

Citizenship requirements

Australian / domestic student
International student

Total value

$25,000 - $50,000

Applicable study areas

All study areas

Number of scholarships awarded

Approximately 50

  • "The AAUW’s International Fellowship enabled me to study a Master of Laws at Columbia University in New York. That degree was a springboard, helping me to secure work in law firms in New York and London where I was able to apply my studies in a practical context across a range of cases. Studying for the LLM in New York also instilled a love of learning, which led me to do a further Masters in Melbourne. All of that experience has helped me at the Bar, where I am able to “give back” through balancing pro bono work with other matters. I can’t stress the importance of the AAUW’s fellowship as a critical part of the foundation of my legal career."
    Read Rachel Amamoo's story
  • Eligibility & selection criteria


    To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

    • Have citizenship in a country other than the U.S. or possession of a nonimmigrant 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 the application deadline.
    • Be enrolled in a U.S. accredited institution located in the U.S. during the fellowship year.

    The full set of eligibility criteria is available at the American Association of University Women website.

    Selection criteria

    The International Fellowships Panel meets once a year to review applications for funding. Awards are based on selection criteria which includes:

    • Applicant residing in home country at time of application will receive special consideration
    • Applicant’s commitment to the advancement of women and girls in her home country
    • 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 specialised knowledge or skill
    • Applicant is from an underrepresented area of the country and/or type of university other than a top-level research institution

    Refer to the American Association of University Women website for further details.

  • Application process

    Applications are submitted online via the American Association of University Women website. For enquiries, contact

  • When will I know the outcome?

    Notification of decisions will be emailed to all applicants on 15 April 2022.

What are the benefits?

  • Master’s/first professional degree: a stipend of US$20,000
  • Doctoral: a stipend of US$25,000
  • Postdoctoral: a stipend of US$50,000

The normal duration of the award is 1 year, with up to five International Fellowships for master’s/first professional degrees renewable for a second year.

The information listed here is subject to change without notice. Where we have listed information about jointly run scholarships programs, please also see our partners' websites. Information describing the number and value of scholarships awarded is indicative.