International Awards

The Current International Award Open is the GWI Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship. 

Guidelines for the fellowship can be downloaded here.

The application can be downloaded here. All applications must be submitted via email to fellowships2019@gwi.graduatewomen.org

Deadline to apply is 1 December 2018

Graduate Women International (previously the International Federation of University Women) is offering the Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship to be awarded at the GWI Peace through Education Centenary Conference to be held 25-28 July 2019 to a woman graduate for her postgraduate research, study and training.

 

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Who can apply?

  • Only candidates currently enrolled for a PhD are eligible to apply. GWI does not fund undergraduate or master’s studies.
  • The Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship application opportunity is open free of charge to women PhD candidates who are members of GWI, either through a National Federation or Association(NFA) or through independent membership. Proof of current membership must be provided with the application.
  • Non-member PhD candidates are invited to apply for an administration fee of CHF 50 for women residing in countries with a low per capita GNI and a fee of CHF 100 for women residing in higher per capita GNI countries.
  • Students in any branch of learning may apply but their programme must demonstrate relevance to GWI’s mission and objectives.
  • The Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship is offered for the second and subsequent years of a doctoral programme. Applicants are required to submit proof of completion of the first year of the programme by the time of the closing date for applications of 1 December 2018. (First year doctoral students and applicants just beginning their research are not eligible.)
  • The fellowship is intended to encourage international scholarship and is to be used in a country other than the one in which the applicant was educated and other than the one in which the applicant habitually resides. For example: A Swiss national or long-time resident enrolled in a Swiss doctoral programme:
    • Would NOT be eligible if her research is to be carried out in Switzerland.
    • Would BE eligible if her research or part of her research is to be carried out in another country. A Kenyan national enrolled in a Switzerland doctoral programme.
    • Would be eligible if she has done her undergraduate studies in a country other than Switzerland, regardless of where her research is to be carried out.
    • Would NOT be eligible if she has done her undergraduate work in Switzerland and her doctoral research will be carried out in Switzerland.
    • Would be eligible if she has done her undergraduate work in Switzerland and her doctoral research or part of her research will be carried out in a country other than Switzerland or her home country.

Your applications must be received by the GWI Fellowship Committee via email fellowships2019@gwi.graduatewomen.org by 1 December 2018.Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

 

What are the other restrictions for the Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship?

  • The fellowship is for eight to 12 months of work.
  • The fellowship must enhance the original research or scholarship on which a postgraduate applicant is already engaged.
  • Applicants seeking funding for research requiring them to travel away from the country in which they are enrolled as a PhD candidate may request a limited amount of funding for travel in their application (see the relevant section of the application form).
  • No assistance is given for attending conferences or for direct family support.
  • The fellowship is not renewable.

 

What is the amount of the Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship?

  • The Caroline Spurgeon Centenary Fellowship is the equivalent of 12,000 Swiss francs.

 

How to apply?

  • The application form is available for download here beginning 1 October 2018.
  • The application form can be requested from the GWI Fellowship Committee via email fellowships2019@gwi.graduatewomen.org.
  • Please read the guidelines carefully. Applicants who do not follow the steps outlined in this material will be automatically disqualified.
  • Do NOT include letters of reference with your application.
  • You are responsible for gaining the consent of your referees and supplying them with the Instructions for Referees along with your application by the application deadline of 1 December 2018.

 

I am not a GWI member.  How do I apply?

Non-member applicants must pay the application fee before submitting the request for grants. This fee is a non-refundable administration fee. The administration fee of CHF 50 for women residing in countries with a low per capita GNI and a fee of CHF 100 for women residing in higher per capita GNI countries.

  • Non-member submissions must fulfil all the requirements listed above.
  • GWI will not process your fellowship application until we receive your payment.
  • Payments may be submitted by via PayPal or by bank transfer (below) and MUST be received by the submission deadline. Please ensure that you make the correct payment; the administration fee is based on your country of permanent residency. The fee is offered at a reduced rate of 50 Swiss francs to women who are nationals or permanent residents of a country with a low per capita GNI and 100 Swiss francs to women in other countries. The fee rules apply even if you are currently residing in a high GNI country for the purpose of pursuing their postgraduate study. This fee is non-refundable.  For wire transfer, bank details are as listed below:

 

What are the selection criteria?

  • Motivation for research, study or training.
  • Evidence of academic ability and past capacity to conduct research.
  • Originality and feasibility of proposed plan of research, study or training.

The Fellowship Committee will also consider: 

  • Extent to which the proposed plan of research, study or training is relevant to GWI’s mission, aims and objectives.
  • Extent to which the specialised knowledge and skills to be acquired will benefit women and girls.
  • Extent to which the specialised knowledge and skills to be acquired will further the applicant’s career.
  • Planned work or activity after completion of the research, study or training.

GWI reserves the right to make no award for any category if the Fellowship Committee so recommends.

We will not process your fellowship application until we receive your payment. Payments may be submitted via PayPal or by bank transfer. Details for each payment method are provided below. Please ensure that you make the correct payment; the administration fee is based on your country of permanent residency. The fee is 100 Swiss francs and the reduced rate of 50 Swiss francs is available only to women who are nationals or permanent residents of a country with a low per capita GNI. This applies even if they are currently residing in a high GNI country for the purpose of pursuing their postgraduate study. This fee is non-refundable. See the list of countries that qualify.