AAUW Scholarship 2023 in USA | AAUW Fellowship

  • Deadline: November 15, 2022

Opportunity Description

American Association of University Women (AAUW) provides international fellowship for international women to pursue their Master’s, Ph.D., or Postdoctoral degree out of their home country or one of the U.S.A. institutions. Since 1917, there have been International Fellowships. The program provides financial assistance to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents who want to return to their native country to pursue a professional career while pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral studies in the United States. A limited number of grants are available to Graduate Women International members for study outside the United States (excluding the applicant’s home country). Graduate and postgraduate study at approved United States institutions are encouraged.


  • Organized by: American Association of University Women (AAUW)
  • Deadline: November 15, 2022
  • Result announcement: April 15, 2022
  • Fellowship duration: July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024
  • Location: U.S.A.
  • Type of fellowship: full-time study or research

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


  • Master’s or first professional degree: $20,000
  • Doctoral degree: $25,000
  • Postdoctoral degree: $50,000


  • Applicants must not have previously received any fellowship or grants from AAUW, and it does not include branch or local awards or community action awards.
  • AAUW or broad members of directors, committees, panels, task forces, and staff, including current interns, cannot apply.
  • International women can apply in all fields of study to this fellowship.
  • Applicants who had applied before and were recognized as unsuccessful can apply again.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for an International Fellowship:

  • Must have citizenship in a country other than the United States, or have a nonimmigrant visa if resident in the United States. 
  • Women who are presently or expect to be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or dual citizens of the USA and another nation are not eligible.
  • Hold an academic degree (acquired in the United States or overseas) equal to a bachelor’s degree in the United States by November 15, 2022.
  • During the fellowship year, they intend to devote themselves entirely to the suggested academic plan.
  • After finishing their studies, they intend to return to their home country to seek a professional job.
  • Be fluent in English and demonstrate proficiency by submitting one of the Required Components (see below), which may include particular English proficiency exams, transcripts from English-speaking institutions, or a written statement confirming English is the applicant’s native language. Applicants who wish to take one of the accepted English proficiency exams should do so as soon as feasible. Please direct any test-related inquiries to the test provider.
  • Master’s or first professional degree & doctoral applicants must have applied to an approved study institution for the fellowship year by November 15, 2022. They must provide the name of the institution in the International Fellowship application. While acceptance isn’t necessary at the time of application, fellows must include official institutional confirmation with their award acceptance paperwork.
  • Fellowships for Master’s or professional degree programs such as J.D., M.F.A., L.L.M., M.Arch., or medical degrees such as M.D., D.D.S., etc., are available. Certificates, associate degrees, & bachelor’s degrees are not eligible.
  • Doctoral fellowships are designed for doctorates designated as research degrees, such as the Ph.D. or Ed.D.
  • Postdoctoral applicants must verify their doctorate; hold a doctorate classed as a research degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D., D.B.A., D.M.) or an M.F.A. before November 15, 2022; and identify where their research will be conducted.
  • During the fellowship year, Master’s/first professional degree applicants and doctoral candidates must be enrolled in a U.S.-approved institution in the United States.
  • Graduate Women International members are eligible for a limited number of fellowships for study or research in countries other than their own. It should be noted that foreign branches of U.S. institutions are considered outside the U.S.
  • Candidates may apply for the fellowship during any program year but must be enrolled in a full year of study or research. Programs that terminate before April of the fellowship year are ineligible. International Fellowships don’t cover the cost of a single semester of study or research.

Required Documents

  • Start
  • Background
  • Proposal
  • Three Recommendations Letters for Scholarship
  • Proof of highest degree
  • Transcripts

Application Timeline

  • August 1, 2022: Application opens.
  • November 15, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time: Deadline for online submission of application, recommendations, and supporting documents.
  • April 15, 2023: Notification of decisions emailed to all applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.
  • July 1, 2023–June 30, 2024: Fellowship year

How to apply?

Interested and eligible applicants can apply online

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To learn more about the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowships, selection criteria, and regulations, please visit the AAUW’s website.

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