Women are persistently under-represented in various sectors, especially at the highest of levels. This underlines the vitality of many of the women’s scholarships that universities and organizations around the world offer.
Of course, scholarships are not doled-out to women, just by the virtue of their gender. Women’s scholarships come with all sorts of qualifications, including academic success, athletic accomplishment, leadership qualities, affiliation to a specific culture or race, gender, or a minority group.
Women-centric scholarships have not always been easy to identify, but now there are several providers of free financial assistance to women who would like to seek higher education.
It is a great opportunity for women who are keen on a scientific degree or specialization as technical schools strive to get more female students on campus and in their labs. In fact, there are plenty of charitable organisations that directly target this demographic and give scholarships in engineering, computer science and many other similar fields for women.
Scholarships in Science and Technology
1. The Schlumberger Foundation
For scientific and technological education, the non-profit Schlumberger Foundation provides funding to women.
The signature ‘Faculty for the Future’ initiative extends fellowships for women from growing and emerging economies in universities around the world for PhD or postdoctoral research in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Recipients are picked on the basis of both technical ability and leadership capabilities, with grant levels determined up to US$ 50,000 per year based on a cost analysis.
2. Science Ambassador Scholarship
The Science Ambassador Scholarship, sponsored by the popular party game ‘Cards for Humanity’, is available to seniors in high school or undergraduate students of any nationality.
Full-tuition scholarship allows women to receive a science, engineering or math graduate degree.
3. MPOWER Financing’s Women in Stem Scholarship
The Grant is reserved for women who are either permanent U.S. citizens or have a valid visa to study stem in the world. MPOWER’s pledge is to inspire high-potential global citizens to achieve their educational aspirations and become the leading scientists and innovators of tomorrow.
This scholarship program will focus on women who use their STEM degree to benefit society and the world. It aims women who have the ability to act as role models and champions for women in STEM.
B. In Engineering and Technology
1. Amelia Earhart Fellowship for Women in Aerospace-related Sciences and Engineering
The Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded yearly to 35 women. They must be seeking Ph. D./doctoral degrees in aviation-related sciences or aerospace-related technologies at any university or college offering certified post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields. The fellowship is worth US$ 10,000 individually, which can be used in any university or college to fund graduate studies.
Zonta International funds the Amelia Earhart Scholarship which aims to help women enter male-dominated sectors.
This allows women to work in aerospace engineering, physics, geology, research, industry and military positions. It helps women procure computing equipment and research notes to take part in research in other parts of the world.
2. Women Techmakers Scholars Program
Google’s Women Techmakers Scholars Program, previously known as the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship, proffers scholarships to women pursuing computer science and technology at graduate or postgraduate level.
They allow women to become active mentors and leaders in the profession. Scholarships are worth around US$ 10,000 and awarded worldwide, with applicants evaluated on their academic background and leadership.
In conjunction to monetary support, successful candidates are also welcomed to a special ‘retreat’ featuring seminars, speakers, networking and social activities at one of Google’s major regional offices.
3. Adobe Research Women in Technology Scholarship
This is open to undergraduate female students who are studying computer science anywhere in the world. Adobe has launched its Adobe Research Women-in-Technology Scholarship, in line with its focus on generating gender diversity in the technology industry.
This Scholarship honors and supports talented graduate students and masters computer science female students.
4. L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Programme
For more than 20 years, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have partnered together to inspire more women scientists. They encourage women to pursue scientific success and to be equally involved in addressing the major challenges facing humanity.
More than 250 talented young women scholars are also funded by the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science projects each year. Through its 54 regional and national projects, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO are helping them through their research or post-doctoral studies at a crucial time in their careers.
1. Edith SeVille Coale Scholarship
By Dr. Edith SeVille Coale’s generosity and foresight, the first academic scholarship was awarded in 1965 and more than $1 million was given to deserving recipients by the Zonta Club of Washington, D.C. After Dr. Coale’s passing, her will provided for the majority of her inheritance to be used for scholarships. They were used under the administration of the Washington Zonta Club, D.C. for female students.studying at:-
- Georgetown University School of Medicine
- The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
- John Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Georgetown University School of Medicine
They must show well above average performance and also demonstrate financial need to avail the scholarship.
2. American Medical Women’s Association Medical Education Scholarships (AMWA)
Awarded twice during the academic year, they’re given to female students of medicine. AMWA’s Mission is to “advance women in medicine and improve women’s health.”
Female students currently enrolled in medical schools and demonstrating financial needs may apply. The student’s membership status in AMWA at the national level is also required.
3. Joan F. Giambalvo Fund for the Advancement of Women
A collaborative effort between the American Medical Association (AMA) and the AMA Women Physicians Group (WPS) provides this opportunity. The value of the prize ranges from up to $10,000. At the graduate level, these grants are awarded.
- Eligibility requirements:
- Interested in heading a research project
- Enrolled in the study of medicine or graduation in health-related fields, such as sociology, public health and psychology
Scholarships in Business
1. Jane M Klausman Women in Business Scholarship
Zonta International provides two scholarship programs to support women’s rights, well-being and social status worldwide. This scholarship offers a selection of yearly scholarships at undergraduate or master level to women studying business administration.
Recipients ought to be Zonta Club members with district/regional level scholarships worth US$ 2,000 and international-level worth US$ 8,000. Zonta International sponsors the $1,000-$5,000 annual Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship for young women and women studying for a master’s degree in a business-related field. Participants from many nations are given the honors.
2. Forte MBA Fellows Program for Women
The Forté Fellows Program was created by offering fellowships to women pursuing full-time, part-time or executive MBA education in supporting business schools to expand the number of women qualifying for and registering in MBA programs.
Fellows gain exposure to leading companies in the Forté network in addition to the financial support offered by fellowships granted by Forté member schools.
3. Nestle Scholarships for Women at IMD
Awarded for the first time in 1997, the Nestlé Scholarship for Women was launched by a group of IMD MBA participants who wanted to encourage women to take the MBA. Women hailing from developing countries are given preference.
4. FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship Program
The FINCAD Women in Finance Scholarship Program is open to women of any age and nationality who study Finance in a graduate program. The grant offers a US$ 10,000 prize.
5. HEC Foundation Rainbow Bridge Scholarships for Women
To women from Asian or African countries impacted by natural disasters, drought or starvation, the Rainbow Bridge Scholarship Program is available to obtain an MBA degree at HEC Paris.
This scholarship is awarded to top-quality female candidates who have been accepted to the HEC Paris MBA program (only full-time). Applicant women may come from an Asian or African country that is plagued by a natural disaster, drought or famine.
Therefore, they will show commitment to addressing some of the social and economic issues that concern their countries when striving for the long-term safety of the people living there.
6. ESMT Global Women’s Scholarship
ESMT wants a group of people as diverse as possible and strives to provide an inclusive environment for future business leaders to thrive. This amounts to up to 30% of tuition fees (€ 17,250). Applicants with under-privileged backgrounds can apply to this scholarship. While all aspects of diversity will be considered, applications from women for this scholarship are especially encouraged.
7. Asian Women in Business Scholarship Fund (AWIB)
Asian or Pacific Islander female college students are expected to apply for the opportunity provided by the AWIB organisation. Such awards aim to help women who “have the qualities of being our next generation of leaders.” Scholarship sums differ, but range from $2,500 to $5,000. Undergraduates who have completed at least one semester of full-time enrollment are eligible to apply.
- Eligibility requirements:
- A minimum of 3.0-4.0 GPA
- Must have demonstrable ancestry of Asian or Pacific Islander
- Proven leadership role or entrepreneurship expertise in the society
8. Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting Scholarships
This Organization is focused on providing a career and educational support to women interested in the accounting field. There are several scholarships available each year. The award amount varies, but ranges from $1,000 to $5,000. Bursaries are valid at the level of undergraduate, secondary and postgraduate (i.e., doctoral). There must be financial need of the student.
- Eligibility requirements:
- Majored in accounting with proof of aptitude via previous coursework or field experience
- Commitment towards a career in accounting or finance
9. WIIT Scholarship
The Association of Women in International Trade (WIIT), headquartered in Washington, DC, is working to encourage women’s professional growth in international trade and business.
They are also educating the public of the significance of international trade for economic development. Women currently studying in an accredited U.S. college or university for a degree or undergraduate degree in International Trade and Global Development are eligible to apply.
Their merit-based scholarships amounting to $1,500 are granted twice annually to actively encourage women.
Scholarships in Humanities and various other fields
1. American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Seven different types of women’s grants and fellowships are offered by the American Association of University Women (AAUW).
Those include American Fellowships for female students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents; Foreign Fellowships for females from other nations who wish to pusue their education in the U.S.; and Selected Professions Fellowships to help women in the U.S. seeking a master’s degree in architecture, mathematics, computer science and engineering.
2. PEO International
The PEO International Peace Scholarship Fund offers international opportunities to women from outside the United States and Canada in the expectation of completing graduate-level education in one of these two nations. The maximum amount of $12,500 in scholarship for a year of study is dependent on needs. Depending on individual conditions, lesser amounts may be rewarded.
The Continuing Education PEO Program gives need-based scholarships of up to US$ 3,000 to women in the U.S. and Canada whose learning journey has been disrupted for varying reasons.
For women applying to study at undergraduate and doctoral levels, scholarships are provided by the PEO STAR Scholarship and PEO Scholar Awards respectively.
3. The International Federation of University Women
IFUW offers bursaries and grants for travel, education or learning abroad. There is a limited number of these awards. The Conchita Poncini Jimenez International Human Rights Fellowship will be offered by IFUW for the 2012 year.
The goal is to promote equality between the sexes and is worth $20,000. The non-renewable grant covers 8-12 months of full-time work / study or 24 months of part-time work / study.
Global grants and scholarships are available to allow individuals to pursue their interests in fostering international understandings and initiatives; to achieve careers that would otherwise be out of reach; and to create impressive resumes that draw prospective employers. The participants’ career is heavily enhanced by their educational experiences from their participation in these unique programmes.
4. Boren Awards for International Study
It aims at studying in places that are under-represented and important to the interests of the United States. They include the countries of Latin America, Eastern Europe, Central Europe, Africa,and Asia. The number of awards will vary year after year.
The National Security Education Program funds these grants and focuses on languages and research areas that are deemed critical for national security. This is drawn from a broad perspective that emphasizes the significance of solving global problems such as hunger and disease, sustainable development, population growth, environmental issues and economic issues.
For undergraduate and doctoral studies, Boren Scholarships will provide $10,000 each year, up to $20,000 per year, respectively.
5. The Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship for Women
The Dorothy Marchus Senesh Fellowship offers two biennial fellowships for peace and development research at any accredited institution around the world awarded to two women from the developing world. Over two years, the Fellowships are offering $5,000 a year for a total of $10,000 annually.
6. Eira Francis Davies Scholarships in Human and Health Sciences
The Eira Francis Davies Scholarship is available to female pupils who are ordinarily residing in a qualifying third world country and are accepted to the College of Human and Health Sciences at Swansea University to obtain a postgraduate degree or master’s degree. The entire tuition fees were paid by the grant.
All these scholarships are meant to encourage better educational and career opportunities for females who are yet to match their male counterparts on different socio-economic counterparts.
These women-centric scholarships help in levelling the playing field, which is heavily biased against them. They encourage them to pursue their dreams regardless of financial and societal constraints.
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