Advancing the status of women through financial support in the final phase of their doctoral programs.

Applicants Wanted

2024 Fellowship Grants

Founder Region Fellowship is a non-profit organization that advances the Soroptimist mission by awarding grants to outstanding women in the final phase of their doctoral program within Founder Region. Fellowship recognizes the value of empowering highly motivated women engaged in academic research in fields such as: science, technology, education, the climate, women's health and all things affecting women and girls' quality of life.

Founder Region is one of 28 regions of Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) with territory encompassing:
  • 10 Northern California Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Solano, Sonoma 
  • The State of Hawaii
  • The U.S. Territories of Guam & the Northern Mariana Islands
  • The Republic of Palau
Applicants apply through an online portal, which will be open from November 1, 2023 to January 15, 2024.  Refer to the "Colleges" page to see if your institution qualifies. 

To learn more, please  attend one of two informational meetings via Zoom, Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 2:00pm (PST) or Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 6:00PM (PST) to learn about our organization and how to apply for one of our grants.

If you have any questions, please email

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