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Top 10 Women Scholarships

by Chetna Vasishth

You know, for many of us what stands between us and our dreams is the lack of resources. Also, there is a continued under-representation of women in many fields, and particularly at the highest levels, is the reason that many institutions and organizations around the world offer scholarships to women.

But, just being a woman won’t get you a scholarship. Scholarships for women are hard fought on grounds of academic performance, leadership skills, experience, commitment to the community etc.

I am about to disclose the 10 most exciting international scholarships for women to study in universities abroad. I have tried to pick the ones where Indian women are eligible to apply.

I will give you a brief introduction to the scholarship and give you links where you can get the full details of eligibility, application deadlines, application procedure etc.

1.The American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Last year 250 awards were given

Award Amounts –

  1. Master’s/first professional degree: $18,000
  2. Doctoral: $20,000
  3. Postdoctoral: $30,000

Usually covers educational expenses, living expenses and dependent child expenses too. So, for those of you wondering where married women can get scholarships, you need to look at this one.

Selection is on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to women and girls. Recipients should indicate commitment to return to their home countries after the program. Looking for potential leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and sciences.

2.The Schlumberger Foundation – Faculty for the future Program

Last year 178 awards were given

Award Amounts – Actual costs upto $50,000 per year

Fellowships are awarded to women from developing countries to pursue PhD or Post-doctorate studies in STEM disciplines at leading universities worldwide. They are looking for women leaders who have a track record in encouraging young women into the STEM fields

Deadlines – 17th Nov



3.The PEO International Peace Scholarship

Award – Max $12,500 and this is need based

For international students to pursue graduate studies in US and Canada. PEO Stands for Philanthropic Educational Organization of the US. They are looking for potential leaders who will make an impact in their home countries



Award – amount of US$8,000 each

Six international scholarships since they found a very low percentage of women occupy board or CEO positions in the fortune 500 companies. Application must be submitted through a Zonta club – there is one in Mumbai and one in Chennai. No age limit. Looking for women with a Demonstrated initiative, ambition and commitment to pursuing a career in business


5.Zonta International – The Amelia Earhart Fellowship 

This scheme awards 30 fellowships each year to women around the world studying at PhD level in the aerospace field.

Award – worth US$10,000 each,

Looking for women with a serious interest and background in Aerospace who either have a masters in Aerospace or be registered for a full time PhD program and have completed one year


6.Google’s Women Techmakers Scholars Program

20 Scholarships to women studying in the field of computer science and technology at undergraduate or graduate level across the globe. Formerly called the Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Program

Award  – US$10,000 for those enrolled in US or $5,000 CAD (for students in Canada) or EUR 7000 (for students in Europe

Looking for women who are studying computer science, computer engineering or a closely related technical field and exemplify leadership and demonstrate passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science


7. Adobe India Women in Technology Scholarship 2018

Award – is the full tuition fee plus an internship at Adobe India

Looking for women who are enrolled as a full-time student at an Indian university for the 2018-2019 academic year either in B. Tech or Dual Degree B. Tech/M. Tech


8. L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Programme

Award – worth £15,000

5 international fellowships each year to women pursuing postdoctoral research in the life sciences at any UK or Irish university or research institute.



A scholarship for women who are planning to pursue a degree with a focus on cybersecurity or information assurance.



Award – US$10,000

This scholarship wishes to encourage and support outstanding women in the finance field, especially those specialising in the areas of derivatives in capital markets and/or financial risk management and provide them with an opportunity to contribute in this field in a meaningful manner

The scholarship is open to women of any age and citizenship who are studying Finance in an accredited graduate-level program.


Good luck to all you talented women!


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