Type of Funding
Graduate Women International (GWI) offers the Hegg Hoffet Fund to assist graduate women (and in special cases tertiary women students) who have been displaced as a result of war, political upheaval or other serious emergencies. These could be individuals who are fleeing gender-related atrocities in their home countries, such as rape, honour crimes, forced marriage and female mutilation. Others may fear for their lives because of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, or membership in a particular social group. The Hegg Hoffet Fund helps in retraining and in helping with these women who wish to continue their work or studies or who need to re-train, as a result of rejection of foreign qualifications.
In the case of serious natural disasters, GWI’s national federations and associations may also apply for short-term grants on behalf of university women or women students within their countries who have suffered hardship due to the disaster and who wish to continue their work or studies.
The Hegg Hoffet Fund provides short-term grants for refresher courses for re-entry into the candidate’s professional field, retraining courses if the candidate is not able to practice her previous profession, lay courses for integration into the new country and courses necessary to pass required national exams in the new country. In addition to financial assistance, GWI’s national and local groups also provide the graduate refugees with moral support to help them to adjust to life in a different country.
In the case of serious natural disasters, such as earthquakes, national federations and associations may submit a request for a special appeal for financial assistance to be sent to other GWI national federations and associations and their members.
Applicants could be women graduates and, in special cases, women tertiary students, who have been displaced as a result of war or political upheavals, natural disasters, or other serious emergencies.
In the case of designated donations having been received specifically for the relief of serious natural disasters, GWI national federations and associations may apply for short-term grants on behalf of women graduates or tertiary students who have suffered hardship due to the disaster and who wish to continue their work or their higher education studies.
The application form is available online and applications can be sent at anytime via email.