Prospective Students

The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women is looking for young women eager to become part of a strong network of educated women in Afghanistan helping other women and working for positive change in the development of their homeland. To find out more about how our program works, whether you should apply, and how, please follow this virtual journey.


checklistsmallThe Initiative To Educate Afghan Women is not just a scholarship, it is an education and leadership development program. You should consider applying if you:

  • have a TOEFL exam score of 550 or higher
  • are a young woman residing in Afghanistan and passionate about education
  • have a demonstrated commitment to community service and dream of helping other women
  • achieved excellent grades in high school and your family supports your education

For more information on program eligibility requirements, click here.


applicationsmallThe Initiative To Educate Afghan Women program is a privately funded organization with a specific mission and therefore can accept a limited number of exceptional women each year. Acceptance standards are rigorous and highly competitive. Eligible candidates must submit:

  • official TOEFL score of 550 or higher
  • a resume
  • two letters of reference from teachers or employers
  • translated and certified school transcripts

For more information on application requirements, click here.

 Fly – Depart

 flightsmallA small number of applicants who meet all eligibility requirements and submit complete applications by our published deadlines will advance as semi-finalists and receive interviews in Afghanistan. Women selected by the Admissions Committee as finalists will:

  • complete their admission process to one of our partner schools
  • work with our staff to arrange all necessary documentation and travel
  • successfully complete our New Student Orientation program in Rhode Island
  • continue on to one of our school partners for freshman year orientation and academic study

For more information on the application process, click here.


universitysmallOur school partners are dedicated to providing their students with a global perspective on their studies. Their partnership with The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women is an important part of that promise. As a representative of your homeland and The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women, you will:

  • participate in academic and social activities on campus
  • learn from friends about your host country and teach them about yours
  • abide by all performance expectations of our program

For more information on performance expectations, click here.


programsmallAs part of The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women program, you will receive valuable instruction at our annual Intersession, the cornerstone of our leadership program. Intersession will bring you together with all of the women in our program between fall and winter term to:

  • receive leadership training by internationally recognized practitioners
  • help shape US policy on Afghanistan in meetings with senior policy makers
  • strengthen bonds with your sisters in our program
  • reflect on our mission and grow in the core values of our organization

For last year’s Intersession agenda, click here.

Fly – Return

During summer break between academic years, you will return to Afghanistan. This important requirement distinguishes us from other programs and is designed to:

  • help you stay connected with your family and community
  • foster understanding between the two worlds in which you live and learn
  • assist your reentry to Afghanistan after you complete your education
  • provide summer work in your field of study or new areas of interest
  • lead to permanent placement opportunities after undergraduate school

For more information about summer break performance expectations, click here.  


leadersmallIf you are a young woman who is passionate about using her education to advance the role of women in Afghanistan and you are wiling to commit to the expectations of this program— and you see yourself on this journey as:

  • an excellent student actively contributing to your college community
  • a full participant in the leadership opportunities of our program
  • a representative of the core values of our organization
  • an educated woman prepared to lead change in your country

Then you are ready to apply to The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women program