Australian Federation of Graduate Women Inc. (AFGW)

Formerly known as the Australian Federation of University Women Inc., AFGW 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 through our State and Territory Associations (STAs) and local branches to work in friendship, cooperation and understanding with each other and the network of women graduates worldwide.

Through Graduate Women International – 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. AFGW Inc. number circa 600 members in all state and territories. New South Wales and Queensland also have active branches, each with its own activities. Some STAs and branches hire academic regalia for graduation ceremonies, to raise funds for our generous fellowships, grants, and bursaries.

32nd Triennial GWI Conference

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NewsLatest AFGW Newsletters

The latest newsletters are available for members’ viewing or downloading on the Members’ Section AFGW Members’ Section. Members email the Web Manager or your STA president for the password.

AFGW President

Jane Baker PresidentDr Jane Baker qualified MB BS AKC from London University (Kings College London and Westminster Medical School). Her postgraduate training in Anaesthetics was at Westminster, Stanford and Oxford where she met and married Barry who was there as a post-graduate student. They returned to Bjelke Peteresen  Brisbane on the Australia Day 1972 , the day the Aboriginal Tent Embassy opened in Canberra. After 3+ years academic promotion took the family to Dunedin where in 1990 Jane joined the Otago Branch of NZFGW for the fellowship and guarantee of regular stimulating non-medical speakers in one of the largest and most active branches of graduate women in the Antipodes, and with the largest number of young members. Moving to Sydney at the end of 1992 this membership transferred to AFGW NSW. On retirement this membership became more active with time as a Branch President (Inner West 2003-6), NSW President (2008-10) and AFGW President 2009-2012. She has been a delegate or alternate at IFUW Conferences in Manchester, Mexico and Istanbul but regards her most rewarding contribution to the organisation her time as Chairman of the AFGW NSW Education Trust, which now includes the AFGW Trust, over a time of generous endowment and donation that has enabled the scope of Scholarships and Prizes to grow significantly.

AFGW Fellowships

The 2017 Applications have now closed. Form and Guidelines for the 2018 Fellowships will be available on this website in December 2017.

2016 Fellowship Winners

AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowships – 

webbJessica Webb of the Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin Read about Jessica and her work


fizpatrickEmily Fitzpatrick of the University of Sydney

Read about Emily and her work

kingsfordAFGW Fellowship – Jessica Kingsford of the University of Sydney Read about Jess and her work



AFGW logo The AFGW Logo The logo presides over all AFGW activity. To read its history and meaning click on Logo


Members’ Only Section

This Section contains AFGW newsletters and magazines. It also provides a forum where members can access corporate documents such as Advocacy and National Goals, Business Plans, Call for Nominations to AFGW Inc. Executive, Draft Constitutional Amendments and Draft Policy and Administrative Resolutions.

Please send a message to the AFGW Web Manager for the password.

AFGW Constitution

A copy of the Constitution that governs AFGW can be read here AFGW Constitution

 GWI Website

Go to Graduate Women International and read about the GWI’s international projects, the GWI and the Members’ Corner. The GWI Members’ Corner is now a gateway to a new interactive space with forums where members can exchange messages and a  directory where members can post their information and see profiles of other GWI members worldwide. The Members’ Corner also provides one-stop access to the latest GWI Updates, blogs and discussions. Receive regular updates GWI Updates

Did you receive a GWI/IFUW Fellowship or do you know someone who did? 

2 MBA women What you are doing now? What impact winning a GWI/IFUW award has had on your life and your career path? GWI hopes that you will share your news and inspire others with your story. Please send a short (no more than 200 words), your written permission to publish the texts in print and electronic format and a passport-sized photograph of you now or when you were engaged on the project that GWI/IFUW funded. Email


Visit other pages of our site to learn more about our programmes and how you can become part of an international network of women working for change.

State and Territory Scholarships and Awards

State and Territory Scholarships and Awards

AFGW State and Territory Associations and some of their branches also award various scholarships, awards and prizes. Information about the various scholarships, awards and prizes offered by the individual State and Territory associations and branches can be obtained directly from individual Associations. Go to AFGW Scholarship page
32nd IFUW Triennial Conference August 2016
GWI (IFUW) Conference: Australian members were well represented at the Graduate Women International Triennial Conference
AFGW Fellowships
The Australian Federation of Graduate Women (AFGW) offers a limited number of Fellowships to women for postgraduate research, study or training and also some bursaries and grants for women for study or research. Learn More