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International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate studies at accredited U.S. institutions are supported.
Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by September 30, 2017, and must have applied to their proposed institutions of study by the time of the application. Up to five International Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowships are renewable for a second year.
Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients return to their home countries to become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.
About the Fellowships
Originally designed to provide Latin American women opportunities for graduate and postgraduate study in the United States, the International Fellowships program awarded its first fellowship in 1917. The program now includes women from around the world, and International Fellowships have been awarded to more than 3,600 women from more than 145 nations.
Tererai Trent (2001–02), a native of Zimbabwe, scholar, motivational speaker, and humanitarian. She is the founder of Tererai Trent International whose mission is to provide quality education in rural Africa, was featured in Nicholas Kristof’s book Half the Sky, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she was named Oprah’s all-time favorite guest. In 2017, Trent received the AAUW Alumnae Recognition Award at AAUW’s national convention.
Mahnaz Rezaie (2014-16) has dedicated much of her time as a photojournalist, documentary filmmaker, writer, and poet to advocating for the rights of Afghan women. For Rezaie, art offers multiple ways to “capture terrible odds and discrimination [and] … protest against social and cultural injustice.” She was honored at the 2014 Women in the World Summit in New York City for her short film that explores how wearing a hijab affected her relationships when she first came to the United States.
Sofia Espinoza Sanchez (2013-14) is a Peruvian molecular biochemist researching cancer and neurological disorders. Committed to helping a new generation of Peruvian scientists succeed, she also co-directs the Research Experience for Peruvian Undergraduates (REPU) program.
Ramola Ramtohul (2006-07) has used her doctoral degree in political science to influence public-policy making through research, writing, and teaching. Her writing and editorial projects, including a book she recently co-edited Gender and Citizenship in the Global Age and articles in the South African Feminist journal AGENDA, explore intersectionality, women’s political activism, and postcolonialsm in the era of globalization. She has held academic appointments at the University of Mauritius and the University of Pretoria.