International Funding Opportunities for Women in STE

The following funding programs provide some ancillary support to women in science and to a certain extent anyone working with women both domestically and internationally. This list is by no means comprehensive and we hope to grow it over time. Please do submit any corrections or suggestion by emailing with “women’s funding page” in the subject line.

    • The NSF funds ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers. ADVANCE supports the increased participation of women in the scientific and engineering workforce. This can be done in several ways. The Institutional Transformation grants are used to help build structural framework within an institution that will draw girls and women into science and engineering. The transformation grant focuses on dissemination of information that will hopefully implement reforms nationwide. The Leadership Awards are given to women that want to focus on faculty and leadership positions. These awards are used to start programs or activities geared towards keeping women scientists or engineers in the workforce. The Partnership for Adaptation, Implementation, and Dissemination grants are given to broaden the impact of the institutional transformation efforts. It seeks to adapt and implement existing programs that increase the participation of women in science and engineering. Each of the grants is $10,000 each. The grant proposals are able to have an international focus, as long as the overall purpose and goal is coinciding with those of ADVANCE.
    • Association for Women in Mathematics along with the National Science Foundation offers the NSF-AWM Travel Grants. These grants enable women to travel, either domestically or abroad, to conferences in their fields. The grant can provide$1,500 for domestic travel and $2,000 for foreign travel. These conferences are important for career advancement, to gain a better understanding of her study, and diffusion of ideas and knowledge.
    • Additionally, there is the NSF-AWM Mentoring Travel Grant. This grant provides travel expenses for women mathematicians to travel domestically or abroad to work or perform research with an individual mentor for about a one month period. Both grants encourage international interactions.
    • The American Association of University Women offers an International Fellowship which supports women who are non-US citizens. The fellowship offers from $18,000 to $30,000, depending on the educational level of the applicant. It funds either the studies or research of the recipient. The fellowship is to be completed in the US, and upon completion, she is to return to her home country to hopefully use the experience to invoke change the lives of women there, either by teaching or applying knowledge to society.
    • The Sigma Delta Epsilon/ Graduate Women in Science Fellowships offer up to $4000 to women pursuing a career in scientific research domestically and abroad. The overall purpose of this fellowship is to increase the fundamental knowledge of sciences, and increase the visibility of women with careers in scientific research. The funds are to be used for small research equipment or for traveling to form collaborations with other scientists. The applicants must be SDE/GWIS members; applicants are able to pay membership fees upon submission of the application.
    • International Federation of University Women offers a fellowship for women who wish to study or perform research in countries outside their own or in the country where they complete their studies. There are about 16-25 grants and fellowships offered in each round of competition, each varying in amount. This fellowship does not have a specific science and technology focus.
  • The Third World Organization for Women in Sciences offers a fellowship to women scientists in Sub-Saharan Africa and other Least Developed Countries, including Mauritania, Sudan, and Yemen, wishing to pursue a PhD at universities outside of their own country. The fellowship covers travel, tuition, and living expenses for up to three years.