Pempho Chinkondenji, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership, is a recipient of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship.
Chinkondenji will use the fellowship to fund her research on the experiences of pregnant girls and teen mothers going to school in rural Malawi. The purpose of the study is to understand the young women’s experiences in school and to give them a voice.
Since 1888, AAUW has awarded more than $115 million in fellowships, grants and awards to 13,000 recipients from more than 145 countries. For the 2019–20 academic year, AAUW awarded more than $4 million in fellowships and grants to roughly 260 scholars, research projects and programs promoting education and equity for women and girls.
“In the 130 years that AAUW has been providing funding, our fellows and grantees have contributed so much to their schools, their communities and to society at large,” said Kim Churches, chief executive officer of AAUW. “We know that this year’s recipients will continue in that esteemed tradition, and we are honored to provide the resources they need to excel in their academic work – and to ultimately make a difference in the world.”
Applications for AAUW grants and fellowships open August 1 each year. Deadlines vary by program. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the online directory.