International Project Grants Application Instructions

Program Purpose

International Fellowships are intended to provide fellows with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills that will directly benefit their home countries.

To support the continuation of fellows’ work after they return home, AAUW awards a limited number of International Project Grants to International Fellows who have successfully completed the course of study for which they received an AAUW International Fellowship.

The grants support community-based projects that benefit women and girls in the fellow’s home country.


Award Amount


Time Line

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.

Criteria for Selection and Application Review

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.

Required Components*

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 tabs.

  1. Eligibility
    • Applicants must pass the eligibility quiz to be reviewed by the selection panel.
  1. Applicant
  1. 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, and
    • A colleague who is well acquainted with the applicant’s current academic and/or professional work.
  1. AAUW Funding
  1. C.V./résumé
  1. Narratives
  1. 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.

Tips for Proposal Preparation

  • Read and follow all guidelines.
    Many proposals are disqualified each year because applicants omit a key step in the guidelines or ignore instructions. If the applicant is unsure whether she is qualified to apply, email
  • Proofread all work thoroughly.
    Proposals that are unclear or contain numerous mistakes distract the reviewer from focusing on the content and reflect poorly on the author’s ability to produce a high-quality product. Check to be sure that sentences are complete, clear, and grammatically correct.
  • Have someone else read the completed proposal.
    An objective reader can often identify areas that need more explanation and may find errors the applicant has overlooked.
  • Be concise.
    Reviewers must read dozens of proposals. Proposals that are clear and concise are more compelling.