For those who plan to pursue higher education but having not enough financial support, you may want to try to apply for AAUW bursary. AAUW, or the American Association of University Women, is an organization that leads the promotion of education and equity for girls and woman. Established in 1881, a lot of members from AAUW have taken positions and examined the substantial issues commonly faced by women nowadays, including political, economic, social, and educational issues. Women still face a lot of inequality and violence despite having a legitimate right in South Africa and since its establishment, this organization already empowered a lot of women in the world to overcome these issues. AAUW gives these women opportunities to improve and develop their live, as well as others who are involved in the organization. They promote fairness and equality in every aspects of human life through advocacy, research, and education. With over 1000 branches and 800 college and university partners around the world, they provide various exclusive programs for women to improve their quality of life.
In a year, AAUW is able to assist over 200 women with fellowships and grants. They also offers scholarships around 18,000 to 30,000 dollars, which depend on the study plan chosen by selected candidates. Bursaries are also available for those who wish to pursue education on one among the accredited institute in United States. They do not limit the area of research or study, so any major can apply to this bursaries. There are several requirements to apply for the bursaries. First of all, any interested individuals should be women that are active within their local communities, willing to assist others, and devoted to be professional is every aspects of their life. The applicants should be an active citizen of Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, South Africa, or Zambia. They also must have a degree of bachelor related to their desired area of study that is equal to bachelor degree in US by the application time. English proficiency is also needed, especially for verbal language, writing, and reading. After they finish their study, the candidates should be willing to go back to their country.
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Annual applications for the bursary program given by AAUW usually open on August 1st and close at December 1th, so make sure to prepare all documents and submit it before the due date. The number of bursaries given to the applicants are limited and it will have a tighter selection method, so make sure you fulfill all the requirements and submit the documents in the way that is requested. Eligibility test will be conducted for the applicants.
Other than educational funding, AAUW also have various programs to empower women. Those programs are listed below:
- Salary negotiation: AAUW help to close the gap of payments through AAUW Work Smart and Start Smart program.
- Member leadership: this organization gives opportunities to develop leaderships to all of its members.
- Global connections: this organization respond to womens needs for global development by helping them to contribute to social and economic development in their countries.
- Research: AAUW keep on analyzing issues regarding gender equity in workplaces and education.
- Public policy: AAUW is actively involved in the advocate of policies to support equity for girls and women.
- Case support: this organization supports challenges to any sex discrimination that happen in workplaces and higher education.