From harboring women academics persecuted by totalitarian regimes during World War II to developing leaders in business, higher education, science, and technology, AAUW International Fellowships have supported some outstanding players in the global struggle for equality for all women and girls.

Since 1917, the International Fellowships program has funded more than 3,600 women representing 145 countries. The program was expanded in 1999 to include International Project Grants, which are awarded to International Fellowship alumnae to launch community-based projects in their home countries. For the 2017–18 academic year, more than $1 million will be awarded in International Fellowships.

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Stories of Impact

Featured Fellow

Learn about some of the thousands of women whose lives were changed by AAUW’s international awards:

2017 AAUW Alumnae Recognition Awardee Tererai Trent, Ph.D.Tererai Trent, Ph.D., (2001–02) is an author, scholar, humanitarian, and 2017 AAUW Alumnae Recognition Awardee. She founded Tererai Trent International with the mission of providing quality education in rural Africa, was featured in Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s book Half the Sky, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, where she was named Oprah’s all-time favorite guest.


“[AAUW] coming in was, in many ways, a miracle because there is no [other] way I could have done it. … I became successful because of that scholarship.”

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