Women and girls across the world have been fighting for equality for decades. Fellowships to Advance Women’s Rights provide funding and opportunities for women to help break down global barriers to entering and advancing in the professional workforce, from lack of adequate training to navigating wide gender disparities. Fellowships can also give women a chance to advance existing careers and learn new skills. The fellowships on this list support women as they return to work after having children, complete doctoral and postgraduate research, get started in a new field, break barriers in male-dominated fields, or advocate for women’s rights through political and social activism.
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The Roddenberry Fellowship is a 12-month program for activists from across the country who are working to protect the most vulnerable and to make the US a more inclusive and equitable place to live. Twenty Fellows will be selected to receive $50,000 each, as well as tailored support, to help implement a project or initiative in one of five areas: Civil Rights, Environmental Protection, Immigration & Refugee Rights, LGBTQIA & Women’s Rights, and Health & Wellness. Fellows are free to try different approaches to achieve impact and the organization provides 1-on-1 coaching as well as other mentoring resources.
The Critical Thinking Unit Campus Program is now accepting applications for fellows to help start a conversation on their campuses about human rights to help spur action. Fellows will act as campus leaders to organize events that stimulate a dialogue among university students about the cultural and socio-religious ideas connected with Islam and the adaptability of those ideas to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Ideal fellows will be active in student organizations that can range from social justice, women’s rights, and into groups that advance liberty. Fellows receive a small stipend, training, network opportunities, and more.
This fellowship, offered by the Asian American Women’s Political Initiative, aims to elevate Asian American and Pacific Islander women and non-binary individuals at all stages of the political pipeline. The five-month program for AAPI women 22-29 years old funds civic impact projects (up to $10,000) led by young AAPI women aimed to create social change and equity for AAPI communities. The fellowship offers leadership development, mentorship, and training while Fellows implement their projects.
Hired for a two-year term, one Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History and Public History works as a public historian for the New York Historical Society’s Center for Women’s History. The ideal candidate will have a strong scholarly background in women’s history and an interest in public history. Applicants for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship must have the Ph.D. in hand by the time of appointment. The Fellow will be in residence as a full-time staff member, working alongside senior scholars on the Center for Women’s History team at a dedicated workstation. The stipend is $60,000 per year with full benefits.
The Women’s History Institute of Historic Hudson Valley is pleased to offer Summer Research Fellowships in New York state to support the research of college and graduate students into the lives of women residing in the Hudson Valley, particularly during the time period represented in the Historic Hudson Valley collections: the 18th and 19th centuries. Fellowship stipends are $3,000 for a minimum of 6 weeks and a maximum of three months. Research fellows are expected to produce an article or mid-term report as well as a final academic report on their findings. The Fellows will be offered the opportunity to take part in HHV programming.
The Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy are designed to train potential leaders in public policy formation to examine issues from the perspective, experiences, and needs of women. It is the only graduate-level fellowship program on Capitol Hill focused on women. Fellows gain practical policy-making experience and graduate credit as they work in congressional offices. The fellowships are extended to students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program, or who have completed such a program within two years of the fellowship start date. Fellows receive a biweekly stipend and funding for health insurance.
The LAWA Fellowship program brings women’s human rights lawyers from Africa to Washington, DC, for a 14-month course of study to earn a Master of Law degree at Georgetown University. After the course, fellows will return to their own countries to advocate for women’s rights and put their training into action. After fellows earn their degrees they will work with various public interest organizations in the DC area to learn different advocacy strategies and brainstorm ways to implement similar programs when they return home. The LAWA Fellowship provides the tuition for the Foundations of American Law and Legal Education Course (a U.S. $2,200 benefit) and for the LL.M. degree (a U.S. $58,500 benefit) at the Georgetown University Law Center, as well as professional development training. Applicants from any country in Africa are invited to apply.
The WW Dissertation Fellowships in Women’s Studies support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways. The most competitive applications include a clear, thorough, and compelling description of the candidate’s work and evidence of an enduring interest in and commitment to women’s issues and scholarship on women and gender. $5,000 to be used for expenses connected with completing their dissertations. Honored by ProFellow as one of the Top 10 Trendiest Fellowships of 2022!
Community Action Grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches, and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Grant projects must have a direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories. Special consideration is given to projects focused on K–12 and community college girls’ and women’s achievements in science, technology, engineering, or math.
Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships provide $30,000 to assist women scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. Tenured professors are not eligible. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. American Fellowships are open to scholars in all fields of study.
The purpose of the American Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a women scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering, and math fields or those researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Grants of $2K – $12K provide support for course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, certification program, or specialized training in technical or professional fields at an accredited U.S. university. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
AAUW International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Fellowships support graduate or postgraduate studies at accredited institutions. Recipients are selected for academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. The overwhelming majority return to their home countries to become leaders in government, academia, community activism, the arts, and science. Applicants must have citizenship in a country other than the United States (dual citizenship is not allowed).
AAUW’s Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine, and Science funds women conducting research for a project that will culminate in a scholarly scientific publication. The grantee must plan to publish this research in a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year and be listed as the sole author, senior author, first author, or author of equivalent significance. Applicants must be women who hold a doctorate degree in engineering, medicine, or the physical or biological sciences. The award amount will range from $10,000-$35,000. The grant year will run from July 1 to June 30.
AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships to provide opportunities for women to pursue graduate and first-professional degrees in architecture, computer and information sciences, engineering, and mathematics, fields where women traditionally have been underrepresented and where the employment outlook and earnings potential are strong. To address the underrepresentation of women of color in promising professions and encourage cultural diversity in these areas, fellowships in business administration, law, and medicine are also available, but only to women of color. Recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
AAUW Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide $6,000 for women college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication. Time must be available for 8 consecutive weeks of final writing and editing in response to issues raised in critical reviews. These grants can be awarded to both tenure-track and part-time faculty, and new and established researchers. The grants are designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and other promotions. Tenured professors are not eligible. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
The Akili Dada Fellows program awards year-long fellowships to young African women leaders, age 18-35, to pursue a social change project of their own design. The entrepreneurial program serves as an incubator providing financial, intellectual, mentoring, and networking resources to young women as they grow their projects to scale and sustainability. The goal of the program is to build the capacity of some of the continent’s most innovative young women change makers to drive solutions to some of the biggest challenges facing African society. The fellowship includes access to the Akili Data network of funding partners and more.
Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing PhD/doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. Open to women of any nationality.
The Brooke Owens Fellowship is designed to serve both as an inspiration and as a career boost to capable young women and other gender minorities who, like Brooke, aspire to explore the sky and stars and shake up the aerospace industry. Up to forty undergraduate students per year with purpose-driven paid internships at leading aerospace companies and organizations and with senior and executive-level mentors. Over the course of a 12-week summer, fellows receive mentoring, complete meaningful projects, learn valuable skills, and are paid a living wage. Women and other gender-minority undergraduate students of any major at universities or community colleges are invited to apply.
The Fellowship offers a 14-month self-guided program for women professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential in the health field and wish to increase leadership competencies, hands-on experience, and work with exceptional mentors. Each fellow is paired with two hand-selected mentors who are nationally recognized, senior health leaders. Each fellow receives an honorarium to help cover desired professional development enrichment experiences. Additionally, fellows attend four sponsored onsite events that provide a framework for the program. Candidates are nominated by their sponsoring organization; qualified nominees are invited to apply.
CyberGirls Fellowship is a 1-year program of CyberSafe Foundation that equips girls and women aged 18 – 28 years old with globally sought-after cybersecurity skills, positioning them to start a career in cybersecurity and helping them to seize work opportunities within Africa and across the world. Undergraduates and graduates can apply. During the one-year fellowship, the CyberGirls beneficiaries will be exposed to computing and cybersecurity fundamentals, career paths in cybersecurity, and upon choosing a desired career path. This project is sponsored by partnerships and financial and in-kind support from well-meaning individuals and organizations.
The Dorothy Day Fellowship Program is for women of faith who desire to live in a community and share life with families experiencing homelessness. The two-year residential program in Ohio offers private living space, a stipend, educational options, opportunities for growth, and more. Each fellow receives mentoring in the fight against family poverty and homelessness, as well as shares in the work of maintaining and staffing the shelter. While not required, fellows can also attend classes at nearby Xavier University to work towards a master’s degree or professional certificate. Women of color are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship is available to women from countries in the Global South who have completed a Bachelor’s degree, who have been accepted into a graduate program, and whose graduate work is to be focused on issues related to the goals of the International Peace Research Association (IPRA). Fellows receive $5,000 per year for two years. Funds will only be dispersed when the selected candidate is admitted into a graduate program. Awards are considered based on need; therefore, students with substantial funding sources are less likely to be considered for the award.
EEFLP is an intensive five-month legislative and leadership development program for aspiring female lawmakers, between the ages of 25 – 45 years. Targeted at working professionals who have a strong interest in politics and aspire to run for lawmaking office at the federal or state assemblies across Nigeria, this fully funded opportunity is part-time and mostly virtual.
The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship gives academic and professional opportunities to women journalists who focus on covering human rights and social justice. Fellows will have the chance to complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and participate in internships with media outlets including The Boston Globe and The New York Times. The Fellowship is open to women journalists worldwide working in print, broadcast, and/or Internet-based media, including freelancers. Applicants must have a minimum of three years of professional experience working full-time in news media. A fixed monthly stipend will be provided to cover housing, meals, and ground transportation during the fellowship.
The Faculty for the Future program awards fellowships to women from developing and emerging economies to pursue Ph.D. or post-doctoral studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at leading universities worldwide. Candidates should have applied to, have been admitted to, or be currently enrolled in a university abroad when submitting their grant application. Faculty for the Future grants are based on actual costs for eligible expenses up to a maximum of USD 50,000 per year and may be renewed.
Foreign Policy Interrupted’s Fellowship program for women is targeted to diversifying voices and opinions in the foreign policy space. The program has two core components: a 6-week online educational module that includes media training, a guide to understanding the media, and brand building; and a non-resident 1-3 month “externship” with a major media outlet. Fellows are matched with an editor and/or producer with whom she’ll work to develop her expertise for print and/or on-camera appearances. FPI’s Fellows Program is open to women 26 and older experienced in foreign policy and international affairs. US citizens and non-US citizens fluent in English are eligible.
The Forté Foundation offers fellowships to women who are pursuing a full-time, part-time or executive MBA education at participating business schools. If you would like to be considered for a fellowship, you must submit an MBA application to a participating school. Each school makes the determination of where the Forté awards will be given. All schools grant awards for full-time students, but part-time and executive awards are only available at select schools.
Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) is proud to offer fellowships to help increase knowledge in the sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. GWIS Fellowships are awarded to women of outstanding ability and promise, holding or seeking a degree from a recognized institution of higher education, who are performing hypothesis-driven research in the U.S. or abroad. A maximum of $10,000 may be requested to purchase supplies and equipment, to defray the travel costs associated with field study and collaborative projects, and to support the publication of the research findings.
The Writers in Residence Program is Hedgebrook’s core program, supporting the fully-funded residencies of approximately 40 writers at the retreat each year. Hedgebrook is on Whidbey Island, about thirty-five miles northwest of Seattle. Situated on 48 acres of forest and meadow facing Puget Sound, with a view of Mount Rainier, the retreat hosts writers from all over the world for residencies of two to four weeks, at no cost to the writer. This residency is open to women writers in all genres! Four writers are in residence at a time, each housed in a handcrafted cottage.
IGNITE recruits a new cohort of diverse and passionate women in communities across the United States and provides them with resources, training, and networks to launch political careers. Each Fellow launches a regional college council for 20-30 politically ambitious young women from a group of local college campuses. Each College Council meets for bi-monthly weekend retreats. Fellows represent the political spectrum and are deeply motivated, take initiative, have organizing experience on college campuses, and have a track record of building new initiatives. IGNITE Fellows are compensated with a $10,000 stipend. Application deadlines vary by site.
Impact Wrkshp is a unique 12-week summer fellowship for women in design. The fellowship connects interdisciplinary design students with a local K-12 school and provides them with the tools, training, and mentorship to bring a design project to life within that school. Applicants must be female students or recent graduates of design programs in interior design, architecture, exhibition design, product design, furniture design, or graphic design. Applicants must be available to meet in Jersey City, New Jersey for 3 hours 2-3 days a week for the full fellowship cycle. In addition to covering all project-related material + fabrication expenses, Impact Wrkshp awards each fellowship recipient with a monetary stipend.
The Open Doors Fellowship Program for women researchers in Africa is a holistic program that targets women researchers in Africa to help them acquire the necessary hard and soft skills to strengthen their placements within their hosting institutions and, ultimately, avoid drop out before their consolidation stage. The program intends to address the needs of early and mid-career women scientists researching at (inter)national research centers and universities in agricultural-related fields in agro-biotechnology, plant breeding, molecular biology & genetics, microbiology, chemical ecology, and plant & soil health. IPBO trains direct supervisors and provides a stimulus program to impel women’s progression in their careers at these institutions.
The L’Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science program is a national awards program that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based women researchers at the beginning of their scientific careers. Recipients receive up to $60,000 each that they must put towards their postdoctoral research. Applicants must be involved in life, physical/material sciences, engineering, technology, computer science, or mathematics. Additional eligible areas of study include immunology, all areas of chemistry, earth science, and medical research. Applicants to the L’Oréal USA Fellowships must have completed their Ph.D. by the time of application.
The Scholarships for Women Studying Information Security (SWSIS) program provides scholarships of $2,000 or more for women studying for their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in fields relating to information security. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide assistance to women at the formative stages of their careers in these fields. SWSIS is a partnership between Applied Computer Security Associates (ACSA) and CRA-WP. Its long-term goal is to contribute to increasing the representation of women in the information security workforce.
Each spring and fall, eight Running Start Congressional Fellows are selected through a highly competitive application process. Running Start is nonpartisan and looks for applicants from across the political spectrum for this program. Fellows intern for a female Member of Congress Monday through Thursday and each Friday are trained by political experts in Running Start’s office and then mentored by high-level political mentors. Fellows live together in a house on Capitol Hill, free of charge, and are provided with a $2,500 living stipend for the semester.
The BMGA Fellows Program is a six-month online blended learning program designed to narrow the gender skills gap. The program provides young women from Africa and Asia from all professions and career paths with the knowledge and resources required to gain fundamental employability skills. The program offers high-level professional development courses, mentorship from graduate students in top global universities such as the University of Cambridge and Imperial College, coaching from executives with international careers, and life skills that are designed to prepare young women for the future of work. Final-year students, recent graduates, and early career professionals with not more than 3 (three) years of post-university work experience are welcome to apply. Applicants must speak, write, and read English with proficiency and have regular access to the internet.
The Tory Burch Foundation Fellows Program is a nationwide competition for women entrepreneurs. Each Fellow will participate in a one-year program that includes: mentoring, networking, and business guidance for one year, a $5,000 grant to further their business education, and a 5-day trip to New York City to the Tory Burch headquarters that will include the opportunity to participate in a pitch competition. The winner of the pitch competition will receive a $100,000 grant investment. Your company must be registered and operated in the United States.
The Dr. Beatriz María Solís Policy Institute (SPI) is an experiential policy advocacy training program advancing racial, economic, and gender justice throughout the state of California. Over the course of a year-long fellowship, SPI delivers tools, builds networks, and develops leadership across a dynamic cohort of leaders who are ready to shape California’s policies. This non-partisan program is run in two versions; SPI-State and SPI-Local. SPI Fellows build community power and shift the status quo.
The Ph.D. Fellowship is offered to women scientists from Science and Technology Lagging Countries (STLCs) to undertake Ph.D. research in the Natural, Engineering, and Information Technology sciences at a host institute in the Global South. The general purpose of the fellowship program is to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of women leaders in science and technology and to promote their effective participation in the scientific and technological development of their countries. The fellowship is for up to 4 years and offers both full-time and sandwich study schemes. Costs covered include study fees, a monthly living stipend plus other benefits.
The Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program (WLPPFP) offers Fellowships for public interest lawyers from the United States who are committed to advancing women’s rights throughout their careers. Throughout the Fellowship year, participants gain invaluable experience by working on women’s issues in Washington, D.C. with a public interest organization or governmental agency and by participating in educational and professional development opportunities organized by WLPPFP. The program offers both one-year and two-year fellowship opportunities. Both men and women can apply. Fellows receive an annual stipend of approximately $50,000-60,000.
TechWomen brings emerging women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from Africa, Central, and South Asia, and the Middle East together with their professional counterparts in the United States for a mentorship and exchange program. TechWomen provides participants access to networks, resources, and knowledge to empower them to reach their full potential. During the five-week program, participants engage in project-based mentorships at leading companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and Silicon Valley and participate in professional development workshops. Applicants must be women with, at minimum, two years of full-time professional experience in the STEM fields and eligible to obtain a U.S. J-1 exchange visitor visa.
The Community Solutions Program is a professional development program for the best and brightest global community leaders working in transparency and accountability, tolerance and conflict resolution, environmental issues, and women and gender issues. Leaders participate in a four-month US fellowship with a local nonprofit organization or government agency, structured virtual learning and networking via the Online Community Leadership Institute and the design and implementation of follow-on projects in their home countries. Fellows receive J-1 visa support, travel, and a living stipend. Candidates must be 25-38 years old and citizens or permanent residents of eligible countries. US citizens and residents are not eligible.
The Echidna Global Scholars Program is a 4-6 month visiting fellowship hosted by the Center for Universal Education (CUE) at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. The program aims to build the research and analytical skills of NGO leaders and academics who have substantial experience and ties to developing countries. Echidna Scholars focus on improving learning opportunities and outcomes for girls in the developing world. Applicants are expected to have some background in education, development, economics, gender, or a related area; a Master’s degree at minimum, and at least 15 years of professional experience. After the deadline, the program is accepting applications on a rolling basis.
Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellows work as general research assistants on a variety of projects related to women’s public policy issues. In addition, fellows attend related Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings. Candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree in a social science discipline, statistics, or women’s studies and have strong quantitative and library research skills. Compensation for the fellowship is $31,000 over the 9-month period, plus health insurance and a public transportation stipend.
The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students with opportunities to gain hands-on research experience with the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Fossil Energy (FE). The goal of the MLEF program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in STEM majors, however, all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects. During the 10 weeks, Fellows will receive a stipend and some may be eligible to receive housing and a travel allowance.
The Fellowship is a re-entry platform that matches experienced women returning to the workforce after a career break with law firms, legal departments, and financial services firms in the U.S., Australia, and the UK for six to twelve-month paid positions. This unique experiential learning program gives returning women – many of whom opted out of the workforce for a period of time to raise children – an opportunity to demonstrate their value in the marketplace while also increasing their experience, skills, and contacts. To facilitate successful Fellowship placements, applicants are rigorously screened and matched with organizations based on cultural fit and the success traits that are essential for advancement. Deadlines vary, check the website.
Established in 2010, the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships form a selective program designed to identify and support potential African leaders of the future. The Fellowships offer the opportunity to work in the executive offices of either the African Development Bank (Abidjan), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (Addis Ababa), or the International Trade Centre (Geneva) with an annual stipend of $100,000. The Fellowships are open to young professionals, mid-career, and new executives up to the age of 40 or 45 for women with children. The Fellows will be nationals of an African country with 7-10 years of work experience and a Master’s degree.
Working in government isn’t just for politicians. The Govern For America (GFA) Fellowship is a 2-year paid fellowship that allows recent college graduates to serve in high-impact roles in governments across the country as a part of a diverse community of engaged leaders. Roles include data analyst, fiscal analyst, and program manager. This program actively seeks applicants from traditionally underrepresented in government leadership, including people of color, first-generation college students, women, and gender non-binary individuals, members of the LBGTQ+ community, and individuals from low-socioeconomic backgrounds.
The ASPIRE Fellows participate in the design, development, and construction of world-leading particle accelerators presently under construction at Fermilab. The ASPIRE fellowship provides immersive learning experiences at Fermilab to undergraduate and graduate engineering students who are historically and contemporarily underrepresented in accelerator engineering fields. Through mentorship and hands-on learning, fellows develop in-demand engineering skills and establish strong professional networks within the U.S., accelerator science and technology community. The Fellowship lasts 15-18 months and fellows are paid while in residence. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents at the time of application.
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