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Congratulations to our Graduate College Students Awarded AAUW Fellowships

AAUW award winners

The American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded Fellowships to three University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate College students. Recipients will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls.

• Jaime Coon is the recipient of an American Fellowship, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in natural resources management.
• Prapti Kafle from Nepal is the recipient of an International Fellowship, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in chemical engineering.
• Nubras Samayeen from Bangladesh is the recipient of an International Fellowship, she is currently pursuing a doctorate in landscape architecture.

AAUW is one of the world’s leading supporters of graduate women’s education. “AAUW fellows and grantees have contributed so much to the world at large,” said Kimberly Churches, the chief executive officer of AAUW. “These trailblazers are breaking the mold in nontraditional fields and redefining what leadership and expertise look like. AAUW is proud to support them with the resources necessary to excel in their chosen fields.”

Funding from the AAUW helps women continue their education and research, especially given that the growing burden of student debt disproportionately impacts women. AAUW’s awards alleviate that burden so women can focus on developing the skills and experience they need to excel. 

Applications open August 1 each year. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of AAUW awardees, visit their online directory.

If you are interested in applying for this Fellowship or would like more information about funding your graduate education at the University of Illinois, please contact The Graduate College Fellowship Office to set up an in-person appointment. You can also find more information on our Fellowship Office website and search our extensive Fellowship Finder database.