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Top 10 International Scholarships for Women

Through scholarships, women are encouraged to pursue higher education and research in fields such as Science, Business, Finance, Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, Peace, and International Development. To celebrate International Women’s Day, we present a list of top 10 International Scholarships for Women.

AAUW International Fellowships for Women: AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women) awards International Fellowships for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. The scholarship values are $18,000 (Master’s/Professional Fellowship), $20,000 (Doctorate Fellowship) or  $30,000 (Postdoctoral Fellowship). 

Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowships for Women: The Faculty for the Future program, launched in 2004, awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide. The grants are based on actual costs up to a maximum of $ 50,000 per year. 

Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund for Women: The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) awards grants to women from developing and middle-income countries to further their education and strengthen the professional and leadership skills they need to improve the lives of women and children. Currently the MMMF manages education grants programs in three regions: US/Canada, South Africa and Latin America.  An MMMF grant covers only a portion of the total costs for an academic year.

PEO International Peace Scholarship for Women: The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program which provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada. The maximum scholarship amount for one (1) year of study is $12,500, based upon need. Lesser amounts may be awarded according to individual need. 

UNESCO-L’Oreal Fellowships For Women in Science: Each year, L’Oreal in partnership with UNESCO, awards fellowships to women researchers pursuing doctoral or post-doctoral research programs in various fields within the life sciences, such as neurobiology, genetics, ecology and biotechnology at recognized research institutions worldwide. Depending on the country, the Fellowships are worth $15,000-$60,000. 

Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Aerospace-related Sciences and Engineering: Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to 35 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.  The fellowship is worth US$10,000.

Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarships for Women: Through the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, Google hopes to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field. The scholarship recipients will each receive a financial award for the academic year. In addition, all scholarship recipients and finalists will be invited to attend a retreat at Google. 

Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowships: The Microsoft Research Women’s Fellowship provides funding to a select list of academic universities that will each award a US$20,000 fellowship to one woman who is interested in pursuing a PhD and in need of financial assistance.

Forte MBA Fellows Program for Women: The Forté Fellows Program was created with the intention of increasing the number of women applying to and enrolling in MBA programs by offering fellowships to women pursuing a full-time, part-time or executive MBA education at sponsor business schools. In addition to the financial support provided through fellowships awarded by Forté member schools, fellows gain exposure to leading companies in the Forté network.

FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship Program: The FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship Program is open to women of any age and citizenship who are studying Finance in a graduate-level program. The scholarship offers an award of US$10,000. 

The Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship for Women: The Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship provides two biennial fellowships awarded to two women from the developing world for studies in the field of peace and development studies at any accredited institution around the world. The Fellowships provide $5,000 per year for two years, for a total of $10,000 each.

Eira Francis Davies Scholarships in Human and Health Sciences: The Eira Francis Davies Scholarship are open to female students ordinarily resident in an eligible developing country who are admitted to pursue an undergraduate or a Taught Master’s postgraduate course within the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University. The scholarship covers the full tuition fees.