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We compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions to help potential candidates.

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The Channel Foundation closed its Women’s Leadership Scholarship Program in 2009 and is not accepting any further applications.


1) I am interested in graduate level education but I have not applied yet for a particular educational program. May I apply for the WLS?

2) The graduate education program I have applied for or have enrolled in has combined costs that are greater than US$25,000. Does the WLS sometimes award more than US$25,000?

3) I am planning on enrolling in a PhD program. May I apply for the WLS?

4) I am a man planning on studying international women's human rights or women's health. May I apply for the scholarship?

5) I am a Native American, American Indian, Aboriginal, tribal member in the Global North or industrialized country working to improve living conditions in my community. May I apply for the WLS?

6) I am an immigrant from the Global South or a developing country living in an industrialized country in the Global North. May I apply for the WLS?

7) I am from a developing country and/or from the Global South working to improve living conditions in my community but I am not from a native tribe or indigenous community. May I apply for the WLS?

8) Why do you focus on grassroots women leaders?

9)Why do you emphasize leadership?


1) I am interested in graduate level education but I have not applied yet for a particular educational program. May I apply for the WLS?

No. Pre-applicants must apply to a graduate education program before applying for the WLS.

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2) The graduate education program I have applied for or have enrolled in has combined costs that are greater than US$25,000. Does the WLS sometimes award more than US$25,000?

Due to the high costs of higher education, WLS encouraged applicants to find other sources of financial support beyond what the WLS was able to award. If total educational costs exceeded US$25,000, WLS encouraged applicants to seek other sources of financial support in addition to WLS. Please visit our links page for other funding options.

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3) I am planning on enrolling in a PhD program. May I apply for the WLS?

No. The WLS no longer considers awarding scholarships for doctoral-level education. Please visit our links page for other funding options.

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4) I am a man planning on studying international women's human rights or women's health. May I apply for the scholarship?

No. The WLS no longer considers awarding scholarships to male applicants. While we encourage men to be a part of improving women's rights and health, the scholarship is available to women only. Please visit our links page for other funding options.

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5) I am a Native American, American Indian, Aboriginal, tribal member in the Global North or industrialized country working to improve living conditions in my community. May I apply for the WLS?

Yes.

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6) I am an immigrant from the Global South or a developing country living in an industrialized country in the Global North. May I apply for the WLS?

No. The WLS is not available to immigrant applicants. Please visit our links page for other funding options.

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7) I am from a developing country and/or from the Global South working to improve living conditions in my community but I am not from a native tribe or indigenous community. May I apply for the WLS?

Yes.

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8) Why do you focus on grassroots women leaders?

With the knowledge that the best solutions to longstanding issues often reside with grassroots groups who might be working to overcome traditional hierarchies, exclusions and injustices, Channel is committed to supporting leaders grounded in the needs of their own communities, especially those who recognize that their issues are shared with marginalized communities around the world. We firmly believe in supporting those who are most affected to speak and lead and we support their work as models for achieving lasting social change.

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9)Why do you emphasize leadership?

Women have historically frequently been excluded from positions of leadership in public life.   Therefore we promote and invest in leadership and leadership training in order to support the creation and strengthening of opportunities for women.   We support women's ability to define their own problems and find their own solutions. In doing so, we support non-traditional leaders who are trying new models and setting the agenda for change by using imaginative methodologies. Most importantly, we wish to highlight the fact that, as Charlotte Bunch has said, "women are not just victims of human rights abuse but also actors who can define and defend human rights from the perspective of their own lives."

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