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Cynthia Nelson Endowed Fellowships in Gender and Women’s Studies (IGWS) 2021 – American University in Cairo

Applications are now open for the Cynthia Nelson Endowed Fellowships in Gender and Women’s Studies (IGWS) 2020 at American University in Cairo

Application Deadline: 15th October 2020

About the Award: The late Cynthia Nelson, professor of anthropology, founding director of the Cynthia Nelson Institute of Gender and Women Studies (IGWS) and former dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, joined AUC in 1963. Her efforts to further gender and women’s studies in Egypt and the Arab world have made her a notable and respected figure in her field. Her outstanding lifetime contributions to AUC remain unparalleled as she is a role model for generations of young and aspiring scholars. In addition to full or partial tuition support, the highly competitive Cynthia Nelson Endowed Fellowships in Gender and Women’s Studies (IGWS) will provide students with the opportunity to work with a faculty member on research and other professional endeavors.

Eligible Field(s): Master’s program in Gender and Women’s Studies

Type: Masters


  • Open to all nationalities
  • Meet AUC graduate admissions requirements
  • Full admission to the master’s program in gender and women’s studies
  • Bachelor degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent
  • For continuing students; to retain the fellowship, the recipient must maintain a GPA of 3.2 
  • Demonstrated or potential academic qualifications, professional experience
  • Financial need

Eligible Countries: All

To be Taken at (Country): Egypt

Number of Awards: Not specified

Value of Award: The fellowship covers:

  • Tuition fees, for a maximum of nine credits per semester

Responsibilities of Fellows

  • Fellows are assigned eight hours per week of related research work. This work is intended to provide research in support of IGWS scholarly interests and provide professional development and research mentorship to fellows.
  • By accepting this externally funded fellowship, the fellowship recipient agrees to respond to any reporting requests received from AUC by the deadlines communicated to the awarded fellow. This may include a request for photos or academic progress information to be used for reporting purposes, or attendance of fellowship events including any meetings or events with donors as requested by the relevant university entities
  • A teaching assistantship mandatory training must be completed if the fellow is involved in teaching assistantship duties. The training needs to be completed only once
  • For details and more information about teaching assistantships, click here

Duration of Award: Two semesters, subject to review for academic performance

How to Apply:

Step 1: Check how to apply and submit the online application
Step 2
: Complete and submit the online fellowship application

  • It is important to go through all application requirements in the Award Webpage (see Link below) before applying.

Visit Award Webpage for Details

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