The International Federation of University Women offers a limited number of international fellowships and grants to women graduates for postgraduate research, study and training.
No international fellowships or funding are available before 2014.
- IFUW fellowships and grants are open only to women graduates who are members of IFUW’s national federations and associations and to IFUW Independent Members who have been a member for two years or more. Non members will have pay an administration fee of 100 CHF. There is a special rate of 50 Swiss francs for women residing in countries with a low per capita GNI. See the list of countries that qualify.
- Students in any branch of learning relevant to IFUW’s mission may apply.
- Fellowships are offered for the second and subsequent years of a doctoral programme and for post-doctoral studies. First year doctoral students do not qualify.
- Grants are offered for any postgraduate programme.
- The awards may be used in any country other than the one in which the applicant was educated and other then the one in which the applicant habitually resides. For example:A New Zealand national or long-time resident enrolled in a New Zealand doctoral programme:
- Would not be eligible if her research is to be carried out in New Zealand.
- Would be eligible if her research or part of her research is to be carried out in another country. A Kenyan national enrolled in a New Zealand doctoral programme:
- Would be eligible if she has done her undergraduate studies in a country other than New Zealand, regardless of where her research is to be carried out
- Would not be eligible if she has done her undergraduate work in New Zealand and her doctoral research will be carried out in New Zealand
- Would be eligible if she has done her undergraduate work in New Zealand and her doctoral research or part of her research will be carried out in a country other than New Zealand or her home country.
- Members of IFUW’s national federations and associations must apply through their national headquarters. The deadline varies by country, but normally falls beween August and mid-September. Please ask your national headquarters for the exact deadline.
- IFUW Independent Members must apply through IFUW Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.
- Fellowships are for 8 to 12 months of work. They are intended to enhance the original research or scholarship on which a postgraduate applicant is already engaged. First year doctoral students and applicants just beginning their research are not eligible.
- Grants are for a minimum of 2 months of work. They are awarded for specialized training, independent research, or to assist in the completion of a postgraduate degree.
- IFUW Recognition Awards are for a minimum of 2 months of work.
- Certain awards carry additional restrictions. The British Federation Crosby Hall Fellowship is reserved for women whose study or research will take place in Great Britain. The Dorothy Leet Grants are reserved for women graduates from countries with a comparatively low per capita income and for those who either wish to work as experts in these countries or whose research is of value to such countries.
- All candidates must have obtained admission to the proposed place of study or research prior to applying to IFUW’s competition.
- No assistance is given for attending conferences or for direct family support.
- The awards are not renewable.
- The awards offered vary. Normally 16 to 25 fellowships and grants are offered in each competition.
- Fellowships are the equivalent of 8,000 to 10,000 Swiss francs.
- Grants are from 3,000 to 6,000 Swiss francs.
- IFUW Recognition Awards are 1,000 Swiss francs.
- Examples of awards offered in the recent competition include:
British Federation Crosby Hall Fellowship – 2500 pounds sterling
CFUW/A. Vibert Douglas Fellowship – 12,000 Canadian dollars
Ida Smedley MacLean Fellowship – 8,000 Swiss francs
Winifred Cullis Grant – 5000 Swiss francs
Dorothy Leet Grant – 4500 Swiss francs
NZFGW Daphne Purves Grant – 4000 Swiss francs
IFUW Recognition Award – 1000 Swiss francs
- The application form and instructions will be available for download here once the next competition has opened.
- Please read the instructions carefully. Applicants who do not follow the steps outlined in this material will be automatically disqualified.
- Do NOT include letters of reference with your application. IFUW will contact your referees after your application has been received.
- Motivation for research, study or training
- Originality and feasibility of proposed plan of research,study or training
- Extent to which the specialized knowledge and skills to be acquired will benefit women and girls
- Extent to which the specialized knowledge and skills to be acquired will further the applicant’s career
- Planned work or activity after completion of the research, study or training
- Applicants may be of any nationality, but must be members of your NFA.
- NFAs may propose a maximum of three candidates.
- If more than three candidates from an NFA wish to apply, the NFA will organize a pre-selection process.
- NFAs wishing to propose candidates, should carefully read the Instructions for National Federations and Associations