A Selected List of Fellowship, Scholarship, Grant, and Other Training Opportunities for African Women Students and Scholars
December 16, 2002
The Institute for Education of Women in Africa and the Diaspora (IEWAD) is pleased to send you this copy of A Selected List of Fellowships, Scholarships, Grants, and Other Training Opportunities for African Women Students and Scholars. This is our 3rd year of compiling this information and despite medical and other issues which threatened to keep us from working; we persisted and are honored to bring you this edition.
Please note that some of the deadlines have passed, but, providing that funding will be available, the program will most likely be offered again next year. We try to publish this resource document in a timely fashion, but, that is not always possible.
We would greatly appreciate it if you could send us information about programs that are not listed here so that we can incorporate them in the next year’s edition. We also welcome other suggestions that you feel would make this a truly user-friendly document.
We have saved this as a “pdf” document, but, if you would prefer, we can send it to you as a Microsoft Word document (last year several colleagues had difficulty opening a “pdf” document).
We found that this year there was a significant overall decrease in the number of opportunities available, but, on the other hand, we did find a number of very interesting and new opportunities specific to African scholars (e.g., the Five College African Scholars Program, Education and African Modernities: The Development of African Universities, or the African Women Public Service Fellowship).
As always, we wish you the very best in your scholarly endeavors.
Susan Frazier-Kouassi, Ph.D.
Executive Secretary of IEWAD
What is IEWAD?
The Institute for Education of Women in Africa and the Diaspora (IEWAD) was created by a group of African and American women in response to the recognition of the disadvantaged status that continues to dominate the lives of girls and women in Africa, in large part due to the denial of the right to education.
IEWAD asserts that education, be it formal or informal, promises to solve many of the problems that girls and women face in many African countries. Consistent with this assertion, IEWAD is committed to improving the well-being of girls and women in Africa via educational research, service, and advocacy.
IEWAD is a non-governmental organization with an international focus for the promotion of the education of girls and women in Africa and the Diaspora with its secretariat based in Abidjan. It is officially registered in Côte d’Ivoire and the State of Michigan.
IEWAD has as its overall objective to contribute to the well-being of girls and women in Africa and the Diaspora via educational means. More specifically, the objectives are to enhance the intellectual, cultural, social, physical, and economic well-being of girls and women in Africa and the Diaspora via the promotion of their education and training.
This scholarship and training resource book for African Women scholars and students is one of IEWAD’s recent activities to promote the exchange of information by all means necessary to women (and men) throughout the African continent and the Diaspora regarding the myriad of opportunities for study and training that exist in the United States and other countries.
In addition to the resource book, IEWAD engages in the following activities: organization of seminars and workshops for girls and women; conducting projects, studies, and applied research related to educational concerns of women; Abidjan Scholarship Fund for scholarships to secondary school female students at Lycée Moderne d’Abobo (Abidjan); publication of a biannual newsletter informative of activities, events, and resource information related to the promotion of the education of girls and women in Africa and the Diaspora; collaboration with women’s cooperatives and collectives in Africa to promote their economic self-sufficiency; and creation of networks with other women’s organizations in Africa and the African Diaspora among others.
For more information about IEWAD, feel free to contact:
Dr. Susan Frazier-Kouassi Mrs. Jeanne Kouao
Executive Secretary President
(English speakers) (French speakers)
AAUW Educational Foundation Fellowships and Grants: International Fellowships
Applications available: Aug. 1-Nov. 15, 2002
Application postmark deadline: Dec. 16, 2002
Fellowship year: July 1, 2003-June 30, 2004
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions is supported.* The Foundation will award 58 fellowships for the 2003-04 academic year. Six of these awards are available to members of International Federation of University Women affiliate organizations. These fellowship recipients may study in any country other than their own. The Foundation also awards several annual Home Country Project Grants ($5,000 to $7,000 each) to women who received AAUW Educational Foundation International Fellowships between 1999 and 2003. These grants support community-based projects designed to improve the lives of women and girls in the fellow's home country. To be eligible for an International Fellowship, you must meet the following requirements: You must be a citizen in a country other than the United States, or you must hold a nonimmigrant visa if you reside in the United States. You must complete an academic degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree from a U.S. college or university by the time of application and no later than Dec. 31, 2002. You must intend to devote yourself full time to your proposed academic plan during the fellowship year. You must intend to return to your home country to pursue a professional career. You must be proficient in English. Unless you can verify that your native language is English or that you received your undergraduate degree from, or will have completed one semester of full-time study in your discipline at a university in the United States by Jan. 31, 2003, you must submit a recent score (no older than October 2000) on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Transcripts must be submitted by Jan. 31, 2003, for verification. The minimum acceptable score is 550 for the paper-based TOEFL and 213 for the computer-based test. Test scores must reach the Foundation no later than April 1, 2003.
You must have applied by Dec. 16, 2002 to an accredited institution of study for the period of the fellowship year and must indicate the name of that institution in the International Fellowship application.