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American Association of University Women – International Fellowships and Grants

American Association of University Women - International Fellowships and GrantsDeadline: 1 December 2011

Open to: women or girls who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. (Women holding dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country are not eligible.) Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by September 30, 2011, and preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work. Fellowships are available for .

International Fellowship Application Instructions

Fellowships and Grants

Application Deadline: *December 1, 2011
Recommendation Deadline: *December 3, 2011
* Applications, supporting documents, and recommendations will be accepted on the following business day if the deadline falls on a weekend. The online application and recommendation will state the actual submission deadline.

INTRODUCTION
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. AAUW breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
AAUW is one of the nation’s largest sources of private funding exclusively for educational programs that directly benefit women and girls. Every year AAUW awards fellowships and grants to more than 200 women.
In principle and practice, AAUW values and seeks diversity. There shall be no barriers to full participation in this organization on the basis of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

PROGRAM PURPOSE
The International Fellowship program has been in existence since 1917. The program provides support for one year of graduate or who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. (Women holding dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country are not eligible.) Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree by September 30, 2011, and preference is given to women who show prior commitment to the advancement of women and girls through civic, community, or professional work. Fellowships are available for study in the United States. A limited number of awards are available to women who are members of the (IFUW; see List of IFUW Member Organizations) for study or research in any country other than their own.
Up to six International Fellowships will be renewable for a second year; renewal instructions will be provided to fellows during their fellowship year. International Fellowships are not retroactive; that is, they cannot be used to pay for expenses or loans incurred prior to the fellowship year. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply.

AWARD INFORMATION
Three award levels are available based upon the applicant’s degree program.
Master’s/Professional Degree fellowships carry a stipend of $18,000 for the fellowship year.
Doctoral fellowships carry a stipend of $20,000 for the fellowship year.
Postdoctoral fellowships carry a stipend of $30,000 for the fellowship year.

ELIGIBILITY
Please note: The following are not eligible to apply for AAUW awards:
Previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants) are not eligible to apply.
AAUW boards, committees, panels, task forces, staff, and current interns
To be eligible for an International Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
Citizenship in a country other than the United States (dual citizenship is not allowed) or possession of a non-immigrant visa if residing in the United States
Academic degree (earned in the U.S. or abroad) equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed by September 30, 2011
Intention to devote herself full-time to the proposed academic plan during the fellowship year
Intention to return to her home country to pursue a professional career
Master’s/Professional and Doctoral applicants must have applied by December 1, 2011, to an accredited institution of study for the period of the fellowship year and must indicate the name of the institution in the International Fellowship application.

Postdoctoral applicants must provide proof of their doctorate degree and must indicate where they will conduct their research.
Enrollment in a U.S. institution located in the United States. A limited number of awards are available to IFUW members for study or research in any country other than their own. Note that foreign branches of U.S. institutions are considered outside of the U.S.
Full year of study or research. International Fellowships do not provide funding for a partial year of study or research. Programs ending prior to April of the fellowship year are not eligible.
Proficiency in English. Unless the applicant can verify that her native language is English, that she received her secondary diploma or undergraduate degree from an English-speaking institution, or that she will have completed one semester of full-time study in her discipline at an English-speaking college or university between October 2009 and September 30, 2011 (transcript required by received by date of December 1, 2011, for validation), she must submit a recent score (no older than October 2009) on the International TOEFL* (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Institutional TOEFL scores and other English proficiency test scores (such as IELTS) will not be accepted.
Minimum score acceptable: 550 for paper-based tests; 213 for computer-based tests; 79 for Internet-based tests. Test scores must be provided in the online application by the December 1, 2011, deadline, and score reports must be received by December 1, 2011. Either originals or copies of score reports may be submitted.
*TOEFL is given at designated test centers throughout the world. applicants should take the test as early as possible. The code for AAUW is 9231. This code must be written on the test registration form so that the scores will be reported directly to AAUW. Code 9231 should also be entered on the score report request form for tests previously taken. Please be advised that the TOEFL is changing to a computer-based test and will be administered on computer in most countries. If you plan to take the TOEFL, please check test administration locations, dates and format immediately. For information about test dates and registration procedures, consult the United States Embassy in your country or write to: TOEFL, P.O. Box 6161, Princeton, NJ 08541-6155 USA. Web: http://www.toefl.org; fax: 609-520-1093; phone: 609-921-9000.
Distance learning – Master’s/Professional and Doctoral fellowships support traditional classroom-based courses of study at colleges or universities. This fellowship program does not provide funding for distance learning programs or for degrees heavily dependent on distance learning components. Final decisions about what constitutes distance learning under these fellowships will be made by AAUW.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
Applications are reviewed by a panel of scholars appointed by AAUW’s Board of Directors. Final award selections are made by the Board, based on the following criteria:
Acceptable TOEFL score
yes/no
Residing in home country at time of application
yes/no
Position on return
don’t know/
planned/confirmed
Academic and/or professional qualifications
20 points
Applicant’s commitment to the advancement of women and girls in her home country
15 points
Proposed time schedule
10 points
Quality and feasibility of proposed plan of study or research
10 points
Demonstrated evidence of prior community and/or civic service in home country
15 points
Applicant’s country’s need for the specialized knowledge or skill
10 points
Financial need
10 points
Motivation for graduate study or research
10 points
Total
100 points

To ensure a fair and objective review process, it is the policy of AAUW not to comment on the deliberations of its awards panels. Thus, AAUW is unable to provide written or oral evaluations of applications. All applications and supporting papers become the property of AAUW and, as such, cannot be returned.

REGULATIONS
AAUW regards the acceptance of a fellowship as a contract requiring fulfillment of the following terms:
An International Fellow is expected to pursue her project full time during the fellowship year (July 1, 2012–June 30, 2013).
The International Fellowship dollar amount must be larger than any other fellowship or grant received during the fellowship year and must be acknowledged as the major award; acceptance of concurrent funds of a lesser amount than the AAUW award is permitted but requires prior written approval of AAUW.
Any changes in plans for the fellowship year must have the prior written approval of AAUW. AAUW must be notified promptly of any change in the status of an application resulting from acceptance of another award.
Fellows may work up to 10 hours a week, or teach one course, with prior written approval from AAUW.
Stipend checks are made payable to fellows only, not to institutions.
living and educational expenses for a period of twelve months while a fellow pursues full-time study or training. They do not fund the following:
− Indirect costs
− Research assistants, equipment, and similar costs
− Publication costs
− Travel to attend professional meetings, conferences, or seminars
− Repayment of loans or other personal obligations (fellowships are not retroactive)
− Grants-in-aid for less than a full academic year or travel grants
− Travel to or from the fellow’s home country
With some exceptions based on relevant tax treaties, the fellowship stipend is subject to a 14% tax. AAUW will withhold these funds for payment to the U.S. IRS.

APPLICATION PREPARATION
Applications must be submitted online and supporting documents must be received by December 1, 2011. Applicants are encouraged to use a postal or courier service that will guarantee delivery of their supporting documents on or before December 1, 2011. Materials received after this date will not be considered. Note that USPS Priority Mail does not guarantee delivery by a specific date. Applications and supporting documents will not be accepted via fax or e-mail.
1. Application Form must be completed online. Applicant should retain a copy for her records. Answers must be confined to the space provided. Do not submit additional pages.
a. Three recommendations from professors and professional colleagues. When possible, recommenders should be professors or professional colleagues in the applicant’s home country who can speak about the applicant’s qualifications and about the country’s need for her specialized skill or knowledge she plans to acquire with her proposed study or research. All recommendations must be in English and must be completed online by 5:00 p.m., central time, on December 3, 2011.
2. Filing Fee of $30 U.S. (nonrefundable) will be requested online via credit card or debit card payment. Only Mastercard or Visa cards will be accepted.
Applicants not residing in the United States at the time of application may request a waiver of the filing fee if they are unable to obtain U.S. dollars or if it is a hardship for them to pay the fee. Requests for waivers must be submitted in the online application. Fellowship awardees who have requested this waiver will have $30 deducted from their fellowship stipend. Applicants already residing in the United States may not request a fee waiver.
3. Supporting Documents
The following items are needed for a complete application and should be submitted in a single packet if possible. If any item is missing, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed.
• A certified English translation is required for all transcripts, proof of bachelor/master’s degrees, and all documents provided in a foreign language. Translations must bear an original (not photocopied) mark of certification or official signature that the translation is true and complete.
All documents must be received by December 1, 2011. Applicants are encouraged to use a postal or courier service that will guarantee delivery of their supporting documents on or before December 1, 2011. Materials received after that date will not be accepted. Supporting documents will not be accepted via fax or e-mail.
a. Official Transcripts from the college or university where highest degree (not a certificate) was obtained and from the college or university in which the applicant is currently enrolled, if you are enrolled. All transcripts, whether original documents or photocopies, must bear an original institutional stamp or official signature. A photocopy of the institutional stamp or official signature is not acceptable and will disqualify the application.
• Official transcripts must be sent to AAUW at the Iowa City address listed below. Transcripts of work in progress may be sent separately but must be received by December 1, 2011. Transcripts must include a list of courses taken and grades received. If Fall 2011 semester grades are not available, a list of courses taken that semester must be provided by the institution’s Office of the Registrar.
• Downloaded transcripts (printed from a website) will not be accepted.
• If the college or university does not provide a transcript or a list of courses taken and grades received, an official letter attesting to this must be provided by the institution.
• A certified English translation is required for all transcripts provided in a foreign language. Translations must bear an original (not photocopied) mark of certification or official signature that the translation is true and complete.
• Do not send copies of additional certificates or other documents the applicant may have received during her education. Send official transcripts from only the college or university where the highest degree (not a certificate) was obtained and from the institution in which the applicant is currently enrolled.
b. Proof of bachelor’s degree (see Eligibility section for details) Any of the following will be accepted:
• transcript showing degree and date received (must be on or before September 30, 2011)
• copy of diploma showing date degree was received (must be on or before September 30, 2011)
• copy of acceptance letter to, or current enrollment in, a graduate level program at a U.S. institution
c. Proof of doctorate degree (Postdoctoral applicants only) Any of the following will be accepted:
• transcript showing degree and date received (must
be on or before December 1, 2011)
• official letter from institution where degree was received
• copy of diploma showing date degree was received (must be on or before December 1, 2011)
d. Official report of TOEFL test scores or request for waiver based on criteria described in the Eligibility section. Transcripts must be received by December 1, 2011, for validation of study at an English-speaking institution.
e. Letter of Admission, including English translation, from the proposed institution of study or research. If the applicant has not been accepted at the time of application, she must list the name of at least one institution to which she has applied. Fellows must provide official confirmation from the institution before the first stipend check will be paid.
f. Acknowledgment Postcard will acknowledge receipt of supporting documents by AAUW. Enclose a self-addressed postcard that reads “AAUW has received your supporting documents.” Do not affix foreign postage.
Keep these instructions. They will become part of the fellowship contract should the applicant be awarded a fellowship.

CALENDAR
December 1, 2011, by 5:00 p.m., central time
Online submission deadline for application AND receipt deadline for supporting documents. Supporting documents will not be considered if they are received after December 1, 2010.

December 3, 2011, by 5:00 p.m., central time
Online submission deadline for three recommendations. Applications missing any recommendation will not be considered.

April 15, 2012
Notification of awards mailed to all applicants. Fellows and Grantees posted on AAUW’s website at www.aauw.org. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.

July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013
Fellowship year. First stipend payment mailed to Fellows in the United States after July 1, 2012.
All supporting documents must be received by December 1, 2011, at the appropriate Iowa City address below. Applicants are encouraged to use a postal or courier service that will guarantee delivery of their supporting documents on or before December 1, 2011. Please note that materials sent to the Washington, DC, office will be disqualified and will not be reviewed.

Mailing Address, Shipping Address (overnight courier, such as FedEx or UPS)

AAUW
International Fellowships
P.O. Box 4030
AAUW
International Fellowships
Iowa City, IA 52243-4030
101 ACT Drive
Telephone number: 319-337-1716
Iowa City, IA 52243

Complete rules and application form may be downloaded from the web site:

http://www.act.org/aauw/internat/index.html

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