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International Women's Day: 16 programs and organizations offering exclusive scholarships for them

March 8 is International Women's Day. The date is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the achievements of women who have fought (and continue to fight) to reduce the social inequality that still separates them from men. But it is also the time to reflect on how it is possible to deal with the inequality that still exists.

For example: currently, in Brazil, women earn only 78.75% of the salaries of men of the same educational level and age, according to OECD data . And among some educational groups, this discrepancy is even greater. This, however, is not just a Brazilian problem, but a worldwide issue.

One way to overcome this inequality is to seek education. And, fortunately, there are a series of initiatives that aim to promote the inclusion of women in competitive areas of the labor market, in order to increase their presence in strategic sectors of the economy.

Therefore, we highlight below 16 programs or organizations that offer exclusive scholarships for women and other opportunities for them to study abroad. If you intend to study abroad, it is worth keeping an eye on these references to take advantage of the opportunities they offer! Check out:

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The American Association of University Women is a leader in the United States in promoting equality and education for girls and women. Each year, she awards five scholarships to master's, doctoral and postdoctoral students. Scholarships are offered to non-American women who wish to pursue a full-time postgraduate, master's or doctorate at American institutions.

According to the AAUW official website, preference is given to candidates who work for gender equality , whether in their professional career or in community activities. Students must have exemplary academic performance and a leadership profile in their field, such as business, academia and industry.

Faculty for the Future Fellowship

From the Schlumberger Foundation, the faculty for the Future Fellowship program has existed since 2004, and aims to support women from developing countries who wish to pursue a PhD or develop research in the area of ​​science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Also eligible are women wishing to do postdoctoral studies abroad.

Exclusive scholarships for women vary according to the student's financial needs. They can cover from the annual fees, as well as living costs and air tickets. Altogether, the financial support can add up to 50 thousand US dollars per year. The renewal of the benefit takes place annually, upon proof of good academic performance .

Science Ambassador Program

Launched by Cards Against Humanity , the Science Amabassad program aims to increase the number of women working in the areas that fall under the acronym STEM (Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, in the English version). And, for this, the program offers exclusive scholarships for women in these areas.

The grant covers tuition fees at US universities for students who are already graduating or in their final year of high school, on the eve of the application. The only requirement to apply for the scholarship is that the student takes the full course focused on an area that fits the acronym STEM.

Live Your Dream Award

Soroptimist's Viva Seu Sonho Award (or, in the Portuguese name, Soroptimist International of the Americas) is aimed at women who are mothers , heads of families, have low incomes and are attending or have been accepted into undergraduate courses. Those who are awarded the prize receive between 3 and 10 thousand dollars.

One of the advantages of the award, which has existed since 1972, comes from the possibility of applying it to various types of expenses. If the student already has a university grant to cover tuition , for example, she can use it to pay for transportation, books and even childcare. Since the creation of the initiative in the 1970s, Soroptimist has distributed $ 30 million in financial support to thousands of women.

Margareth MacNamara Education Grants

Margareth MacNaramara Education Grants is a non-profit organization that gives grants to “exceptional women from developing countries at least 25 years old enrolled in universities in the USA and Canada”, in addition to some institutions in Latin America and South Africa.

Among the benefits are the prize with values ​​between 7 and 15 thousand dollars, in addition to participation in the network of students already covered by Margaret McNamara scholarships. Scholarships are supported by grants, in particular from the World Bank. Another source of funds for MMEG is the International Arts and Crafts Fair, which takes place in Washington just before the holiday season.

Forté Fellows Program

Forté is a non-profit association whose goal is to give more women opportunities in the MBA (Masters of Business Administration) programs. Currently, more than 5,000 students receive scholarships, totaling more than US $ 110 million in investment from Forté.

In addition to the financial support to stay in universities, those selected are indicated for jobs in the area, in the companies that sponsor the initiative. As a result, MBA graduates take on leadership positions at companies such as Amazon, ExxonMobil, Citi and Deustche Bank.

(ISC) ² Women's Scholarships

(ISC) ² is the leading international consortium for certification in information systems security, and offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships exclusively for women in the amount of US $ 6,000 with the aim of increasing the female presence in the labor market. cybersecurity.

That's because, according to a report from (ISC) ² , women represent only 24% of the cybersecurity workforce worldwide. Scholarship amounts will be passed on directly to educational institutions for tuition, fees and teaching material costs.

FINCAD Women in Finance

The FINCAD organization annually promotes the “ Women in Finance ” award , which aims to encourage more women to seek opportunities for postgraduate study in finance. The scholarship is a $ 10,000 prize and women of all ages and countries who are currently enrolled or are pursuing a postgraduate program in Finance (such as a master's or  doctorate ) can apply to them.

The debate about the low number of women in Finance and Business programs, in general, is frequent. The institutions most attentive to the issue are working to increase this index, which between 2014-2015 was 36.9%, according to a survey carried out by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In 2010-2011 the number corresponded to 36.3% - practically zero growth. Initiatives like this award seek to change this scenario.

Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship

The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, a scholarship for women journalists, was created in 2004 by the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) . The initiative pays tribute to journalist Elizabeth Neuffer, a Boston Globe correspondent who died while reporting in Iraq in 2003. The program is aimed at women journalists who focus on human rights and social justice issues.

Over the course of 7 months, selected professionals will conduct research and participate in courses at the Center for International Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in addition to participating in internships at The Boston Globe and The New York Times. The list of scholarship benefits includes housing, food, transportation, health insurance, airline tickets and American visa costs.

Kim Wall Memorial Fund

The Kim Wall Memorial Fund, also created by the IWMF , is a fund created to honor Swedish journalist Kim Wall, who was murdered in office in 2017. It offers a $ 5,000 grant to female journalists with at least three years of experience.

The purpose of the scholarship is to cover costs related to the realization of a report, in an unspecified medium, related to the themes that Wall covered, which include “marginal cultures” and “the undercurrents of the rebellion”. English is required to register.

G (irls) 20 Global Summit

One of the causes of oppression of women is the fact that they are often excluded from the main spaces of political decision. It is with this in mind that the organization G (irls) 20 conducts the Global Summit program: the idea is to promote a meeting of talented women, every year, in the same place (and at the same time) where the G20 meeting takes place ( summit of the 20 largest economies in the world).

The program is aimed at women between 18 and 23 years of age, and takes selected candidates to participate in the all-paid meeting. For the next edition, the program is open until March 13.

JAUW - Japanese Association of University Women

The JAUW is a Japanese association dedicated to the promotion of girls and women education, which aims to allow them to use their knowledge to have a positive impact on Japanese society.

As part of this goal, the association offers exchange scholarships in Japan to women every year. The scholarships are for a period of 4 to 6 months of study, and even women who have no knowledge of the Japanese language can apply. However, it is necessary to have a master's degree in your area of ​​expertise. Registration for the next edition of the program is open until March 31.

IPRA - International Peace Research Association

IPRA's mission is to promote research on peace through investment in research on the causes of armed conflicts and peaceful alternatives to conflict resolution. And part of these investments are made through scholarships, including an exclusive program for women.

This is the Senesh Fellowship, established by Professor Larry Senesh in honor of his late wife. It contemplates two women with $ 5,000 scholarships a year for two years. To apply, it is necessary to have already been accepted into a postgraduate program related to the association's themes (or to be studying the program).

J. Walter Thompson

Unlike other organizations on this list, J. Walter Thompson is an advertising agency. But like the other organizations on that list, she has a scholarship that is awarded exclusively to women. This is the Helen Landsdowne Resor Scholarship, whose name pays homage to a pioneer in the advertising market that helped many women in the early 20th century to place themselves in a male-dominated market.

The scholarship is aimed at women who are undergraduate, graduate or even a free course in creative areas (such as arts, design, cinema or advertising), and has a value of US $ 10,000. It is offered annually and registration is usually closed around June each year.

Zonta International Foundation

The Zonta International Foundation has a number of programs that aim to support women in a variety of areas. One of them is the Amelia Earhart Fellowship , a scholarship program that annually targets 30 women who are studying in aerospace at the graduate level.

The name of the bag is a tribute to Amelia Earhart, a pioneer aviator and the first woman to fly alone over the Atlantic Ocean. The scholarship has a value of US $ 10,000 and can be awarded to women who are studying in areas such as aeronautical engineering, physics, geology, astronomy, or who are in the business area with research related to the aerospace industry.

Liverpool University

Many scholarships exclusive to women exist to expand female participation in areas from which they are traditionally excluded. This is the case with the exclusive scholarships for women at the University of Liverpool for their MBA in Football Industries, a course aimed at students who want to pursue a career in areas related to the business of football.

The scholarships fully cover the cost of the course (which can reach more than 23 thousand pounds) and are usually offered in the middle of the year, with applications closing around July.

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