A National Voice
Formerly known as the Australian Federation of University Women Inc., Australian Graduate Women Inc. (AGW) is the national voice of graduate women working through initiatives in Education for the advancement and wellbeing of women and girls. We link women across Australia in friendship, cooperation and understanding with each other and the network of women graduates worldwide. AGW was first formally registered in September 1922.
AGW places the highest priority on providing financial assistance for women to undertake university studies. To this end, we offer research Fellowships for women who are:
- Australian citizens or permanent residents;
- enrolled at any Australian university in a PhD program; and
- have completed at least one year (or its equivalent) of their PhD studies.
Education is a key issue for AGW, with particular emphasis on tertiary education and on the education of girls and women. AGW is concerned, through its Council and our Standing Committee on Education, to formulate educational policy and to act as an advocate for these policies and on educational issues generally. We pursue the latter aim through advocacy in its own name to State and Federal Governments and also through co-operative advocacy with other non-government organisations and participation in consultative processes.
Through Graduate Women International (GWI) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland – formerly International Federation of University Women (IFUW) – we work with women graduates across all cultures, all fields of study, all professions and all generations to empower women and girls through lifelong education for leadership, decision-making and peace. GWI advocates for women’s rights, equality and empowerment through access to quality secondary and tertiary education, and training up to the highest levels. AGW is a national affiliate of GWI.
These are two of six National Women’s Alliances funded for three years from 2017 to actively engage with the Australian Government, through the Office for Women on policy issues as part of a better more informed and representative dialogue between women and government. Each of the Alliances has a specific focus: economic security, equality rights, violence against women, immigrant and refugee women, rural, and Indigenous women.