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locally and globally

by giving fellowships to women

Who will truly make a difference in the World

Fellowship Grant


Welcome PhD candidate women! Below you will find the forms you need for the Soroptimist Founder Region Fellowship Grant.  We are looking forward to reading about your projects

Applications accepted
October through January 15


Founder Region Fellowship offers grants to women enrolled in graduate schools within the boundary of Founder Region who have advanced to candidacy and are entering into the last year of their doctoral programs. These grants-in-aid are proffered to assist women in the completion of their doctoral degrees.

The Fellowships are announced and formally presented at the annual Founder Region Spring Conference.

The grant requirements are:

  • Competition is open to any outstanding graduate woman who is working toward a doctoral degree, preferably in the last year of study but permissibly during the last two years provided she has advanced to candidacy. She must be enrolled in a graduate school within Founder Region; including the Northern California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, the State of Hawaii, and the U. S. territories of Guam and The Marianas.

  • Candidates must submit to the Fellowship President. a completed application with all supporting materials (as described in the application). Applications must be postmarked no later than January 15. The forms are available on this website and/or may be obtained through the dean of the applicant's graduate school or by emailing the Fellowship President.

  • Candidates considered for final selection must appear for a personal interview on one of the applicable dates below. Candidates abroad on these dates may be accommodated for their interview via live video call or other means. 

    • March 5, 2016 (Hawaii)

    • March 11-13, 2016 (Mainland)

  • The awards are announced and formally presented on April 29, 2016 at the annual Founder Region Spring Conference.

2015-2016 Fellowship Grant Application*
Word  PDF Fill-in

Financial Information Form*
Excel  PDF

(Both forms above are part of application package)