International Project Grants

Funding: $5,000–$7,000
Opens: August 1
Deadline: November 1

When AAUW International Fellows pursue education in the United States, their commitment to empowering women and girls in their home countries doesn’t end — and neither does their need for financial support.

To create lasting support around the globe, AAUW awards grants to International Fellowship alumnae who have returned home after successfully completing the course of study for which they received funding. These grants allow alumnae to build on their academic work and implement community-based projects that will improve the lives of women and girls.

Alumnae of our International Fellowships and International Project Grants have tackled women’s equity issues head-on. From securing property rights for widows to building safe hearths for cassava production, these women are helping the most vulnerable — and the most resilient — members of their communities.

For questions or technical support, please email aauw@applyists.com.

$5,000–7,000

November 1, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. Central Time
Deadline for online submission of application and recommendations

April 15, 2020
Notification of decisions emailed to applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.

July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021
Grant year

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

To be eligible for an International Project Grant, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • The applicant must have successfully completed an AAUW International Fellowship, all reporting requirements for the fellowship, and the academic program for which they received the fellowship by June 30, 2018.
  • The applicant must have citizenship in a country other than the United States. Women holding dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country or who are permanent residents of the U.S., or who pursue either of those during the grant year are not eligible.
  • The project must be implemented in the applicant’s home country and have a direct, positive impact on women and girls.
  • The applicant must be the primary director of the project and be responsible for the project, with control over programmatic, administrative, fiscal and editorial decisions.
  • International Project Grants are not available for the development of written work for academic credit or for research that will be used for a degree thesis or dissertation.
  • Members of the AAUW Board of Directors, committees, panels, task forces and staff, including current interns, are not eligible to apply for AAUW’s fellowships and grants. A person holding a current award is eligible for election or appointment to boards, committees, panels, and task forces.

The International Project Grants Panel meets once a year to review applications for funding. Awards are based on the selection criteria outlined here. The panel’s recommendations are subject to final approval by the AAUW Board of Directors. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis according to funds available in a given fiscal year. To ensure a fair and objective review process, AAUW does not comment on the deliberations of the awards panels. Thus, AAUW is unable to provide written or oral evaluations of applications. No provisions exist for reconsideration of grant proposals after the board has acted on the panel’s recommendations. Applications and supporting documents become the sole property of AAUW and will neither be returned nor held for another year.

The following criteria apply to the selection of International Project Grants:

  • Relevance of the proposed project to the mission of AAUW.
  • Applicant shows commitment to the social advancement and economic empowerment of women and girls in her home country as demonstrated by her previous work and her proposed project.
  • Strength of project rationale — the project meets a demonstrable, documented local need.
    Clarity and creativity of the project design — the project (1) has clear and specific outcomes, (2) is original and/or innovative in its approach to achieving those outcomes, (3) reflects community/target group participation in the development and design of the project, and (4) is ready for implementation.
  • Sustainability/impact of the project—the project has potential for long-term sustainability beyond the grant period.
  • Proposed project organization is well represented by women in leadership positions and project management.
  • Feasibility of the project — (1) proposed activities will logically lead to desired outcomes and achievement of goals and (2) the project time frame is realistic.There is adequate support from collaborative organizations and community partners.The project director is qualified to direct the project and the organization has the capacity to carry out the project.
  • There is collaborative support from organizations/community partners.
  • Strength of the evaluation plan — (1) specific evaluation methods are proposed to measure short-term, medium-term, and long-term results; (2) proposed evaluation methods are logical measures of projected outcomes; and (3) resources are adequate to support the proposed evaluation methods.
  • The fiscal resources are adequate to support the achievement of goals — the project director/alumna and, if applicable, project organization have a track record of sound fiscal management of outside resources, the budget is adequate, and the expenses are authorized.

International Project Grant funds are available for, but not limited to:

  • Nominal professional fees/honoraria. (Amount cannot exceed 1/5 of grant request.)
  • Supplies related to project.
  • Temporary/hourly clerical help.
  • Office supplies.
  • Postage, mailing, shipping.
  • Photocopying, duplicating.
  • Lease of equipment or facilities.
  • Meals, food, beverages, or lodging for meetings, trainings, camps or related activities.
  • Advertising, publicity and graphic design.
  • Transportation. (Amount cannot exceed 1/3 of grant request; $.545 per mile for auto expenses.)

International Project Grant funds are NOT available for:

  • Salaries or stipends for primary director, project directors, or permanent positions, or to reimburse employees.
  • Tuition.
  • Educational scholarships, grants, or other payments for students and participants.
  • Personal expenses (shelter, vehicle, insurance).
  • Building funds, construction or renovations.
  • Previous expenditures, deficits or loans (in existence at time of grant award).
  • Overhead or general operating expenses for any organization or nonprofit organization.
  • Creating or providing grants to other organizations.
  • Entertainment.
  • Travel expenses (unless directly related to project activities).
  • Copyright or attorney fees.
  • Fundraising activities.
  • Purchase of equipment

AAUW regards the acceptance of a grant as a contract requiring fulfillment of the following terms:

  • All grant recipients are required to sign a contract accepting the award. Applicants should retain these instructions, as they will become part of the grant contract if the applicant is awarded a grant.
  • Grant awards are distributed in three equal stipends. Stipend disbursements are made payable to grantees only, not organizations or institutions.
  • The grantee must be the primary director of the project and be responsible for the project, with control over programmatic, administrative, fiscal, and editorial decisions.
  • The grantee must live in her home country full time throughout the grant year.
  • The primary director of the project cannot be paid with International Project Grant funds for work on the project, and the employer cannot be reimbursed.
  • Projects may be awarded only once. Former applicants may propose new activities for future grants but cannot reapply for the same project for which they received funding in the past.
  • Grantees must pursue the proposed project during the grant year. The project must be a yearlong project.
  • Any change in the proposed project must have the prior written approval of AAUW. AAUW must be notified promptly of any changes in the status of an application resulting from acceptance of another award.
  • Receipt of a grant is contingent upon the successful completion of the AAUW International Fellowship and upon obtaining the degree for which the fellowship was awarded.

Start the application process by clicking on the link to access the application and create an account through our vendor site. Complete all required components in the following areas:

  • Eligibility.
    Applicants must pass the eligibility quiz to be reviewed by the selection panel.
  • Applicant.
  • Recommendations.
    Three recommendations are required. AAUW does not accept references from dossier services. They must be from:

    • An individual the applicant was professionally or academically acquainted with during her AAUW fellowship year.
    • An organization or individual in the applicant’s community who can attest to the applicant’s qualifications and ability to carry out the project as proposed.
    • A colleague who is well acquainted with the applicant’s current academic and/or professional work.
  • AAUW Funding.
  • C.V./Résumé.
  • Narratives.
  • Budget.

A certified English translation is required for all components provided in a foreign language. Translations must bear a mark of certification or official signature that the translation is true and complete.

Meet a Current International Project Grantee

Photo of AAUW 2019-20 International Project Grantee Soracha Thamphiwatana wearing a white lab coat.

Soracha Thamphiwatana is a professor at Prince of Songkla University School of Medicine in Thailand. Through her project “An Innovative Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Future Entrepreneurs in Thailand,” she aims to empower women through research and education. Her goal is to raise their voice in society, reduce the gender gap and increase women leaders. She currently is a member of the Global Young Academy and serves as co-chair of Thai Young Scientists Academy.

Meet Our Alumnae

Photo of Melita Vaz, a 2016-17 International Project Grantee. with her students.

Melita Vaz

2016-17 International Project Grantee for her project “Enhancing Aspirations toward STEM Subjects in School Girls in M Ward, Mumbai, India.” The project creates opportunities for girls in underprivileged communities in Mumbai, India, to learn about STEM and develop their resilience. She used her 2002–03 International Fellowship to earn a doctoral degree in social work.

Head shot of Mary Priscilla Dzansi-McPalm, a 2012-13 International Project Grantee

Mary Dzansi-McPalm

2012-13 International Project Grantee for her project, Women Cooperatives in Cassava Business, Saviefe Agorkpo, Ghana.
She helped women and girls in Ghana learn to process and market cassava, the tuberous root of a tropical tree. She was a 2001-02 International Fellow.

Photo of 2011-12 International Project Grantee Diedie Weng examining a camera with several young girls.

Diedie Weng

2011-12 International Project Grantee for her project, “Yongji Organic Farmer Video Network Training Program, China.” She trained women farmers via video to document and discuss local techniques and challenges in organic agriculture in northern China. Weng has gone on to produce films, including “The Beekeeper and his Son,” her first feature documentary. She was a 2005–06 International Fellow.