Women are encouraged to pursue higher education and research in subjects such as science, business, finance, engineering, computer science, information technology, peace, and international development via scholarships. Scholars4Dev.com has compiled a list of the top 10 international scholarships for women to commemorate International Women’s Day.
Women’s International Scholarships at AAUW
AAUW (previously known as the American Association of University Women) provides international fellowships to women who are neither citizens nor permanent residents of the United States for full-time study or research in the United States. Graduate and postgraduate education at allowed institutions are funded. The scholarship amounts are $18,000 (Master’s/Professional Fellowship), $20,000 (Doctorate Fellowship), or $30,000 (Doctorate Fellowship) (Postdoctoral Fellowship).
Fellowships for Women in the Schlumberger Foundation’s Faculty for the Future
The Faculty for the Future initiative, which began in 2004, provides scholarships to women from developing and emerging countries to pursue Ph.D. or post-doctoral studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects at world-class institutions. The awards are based on real expenditures and are limited to $40,000–$50,000 per year.
Margaret McNamara Women’s Memorial Fund
The Margaret McNamara Memorial Fund (MMMF) provides grants to women from low- and middle-income countries to help them pursue their education and build the professional and leadership skills needed to enhance the lives of women and children. The MMMF now administers education grant programs in three regions: the United States/Canada, South Africa, and Latin America. An MMMF grant only covers a percentage of the entire expenditures for a school year.
Women’s PEO International Peace Scholarship
The International Peace Scholarship Fund is a program that awards scholarships to women from various nations to pursue graduate studies in the United States and Canada. Based on need, the maximum scholarship amount for one (1) year of study is $12,500. Based on individual needs, smaller sums may be provided.
Fellowships for Women in Science from UNESCO and L’Oréal
Each year, L’Oréal, in collaboration with UNESCO, grants scholarships to women researchers pursuing Ph.D. or post-doctoral research programs in subjects such as neurology, genetics, ecology, and biotechnology at renowned research institutes across the globe. The fellowships range in value from $15,000 to $60,000, depending on the country.
The Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Aerospace Sciences and Engineering was established in memory of Amelia Earhart.
The Amelia Earhart Fellowship, established in 1938 in memory of famed pilot and Zontian Amelia Earhart, is awarded annually to 35 women pursuing Ph.D. or doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. The fellowship is valued at $10,000 USD.
Women’s Forte MBA Fellows Program
The Fort Fellows Program was established with the goal of boosting the number of women applying to and enrolling in MBA programs by providing fellowships to women studying full-time, part time, or executive MBA programs at sponsoring business schools. Fellows get exposure to major firms in the Forté network besides financial help given through fellowships offered by Forté member institutions.
Other MBA scholarships for women include Nestle Scholarships for Women at IMD and
Global Women’s Scholarship at ESMT
Find Women in Finance Scholarship Program at FINCAD
The FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship Program is accessible to women of any age and nationality who are enrolled in a graduate-level finance program. The scholarship is worth $10,000 USD.
Scholarships in Human and Health Sciences named after Eira Francis Davies
The Eira Francis Davies Scholarship is available to students who are habitually living in an eligible developing country and have been accepted to Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences to study for an undergraduate or a Taught Master’s postgraduate degree. The scholarship covers the total cost of tuition.
Dorothy Malchus, Senesh Women’s Fellowship
The Dorothy Machus Senesh Fellowship awards two biannual scholarships to two women from underdeveloped countries to study peace and development studies at any allowed school worldwide. The fellowships are worth $5,000 every year for two years, for $10,000.