Women's empowerment group awards fellowship to CSIS scholar

FW PhD student Edith Gondwe receives the prestigious international fellowship from the American Association of University Women.


Fisheries social scientist and PhD student Edith Gondwe as been awarded a $20,000 international fellowship by The American Association of University Women (AAUW).

The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and who intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career

Gondwe, a native of Malawi who studies with fisheries and wildlife assistant professor Abigail Bennett in the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, has an educational background in agribusiness management. Her research interests include livelihoods and well-being, gender and women empowerment, household economy and decision making, value chains and profitability of food systems.

Her dissertation focuses on the intersections of livelihood strategies, intrahousehold decision making, social norms and institutions, and how these interplay to produce food security outcomes in households engaged in small-scale fisheries in Malawi and other developing countries.

She is one of six international fellowship recipients from Michigan State University this year. 

The AAUW, advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, and research. It has awarded over $135 million in fellowships and grants to more than 13,000 scholars and organizations in 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and Gaum and 150 countries, one of the largest scholarship programs for women in the world.


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