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Awareness Scholarship: Women's Scholarship Program

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The Women's Scholarship Program is an Awareness Scholarship for women who are interested in earning the CFA charter. CFA Program Awareness Scholarships are role-based opportunities available to qualified applicants in certain communities.

Award Amount

The scholarship covers your one-time CFA Program enrollment fee (if applicable) and reduces your exam registration fee to US$350.

Application Deadline

The Women's Scholarship Program application submission window closes when all scholarships have been awarded. This may occur before the stated deadline of 1 February/September.


Candidates eligible for this scholarship

  • women
  • interested in earning the CFA charter
  • currently working in the investment management industry
  • have not registered for their next exam

How to Apply

  1. Submit the completed form to CFA Institute Scholarship office via email at scholarshipsforwomen@cfainstitute.org
  2. Make sure your international travel passport is up to date. You will need this to enroll and register for the CFA Program.
  3. These scholarships are awarded on or before 1 December and must be applied to exams in the following year. You should expect to hear from us within six weeks of submitting your application.

Evaluation Criteria

Financial need will be strongly considered, awards may be made based on a combination of factors, including financial need; the academic, professional or other accomplishments of the candidate; obstacles overcome by the candidate; contributions to the local community; the candidate’s interest in pursuing the CFA charter; and other personal characteristics that indicate the individual is a strong candidate to receive an Access Scholarship and become a CFA charterholder.

Evaluation Process

Applications will be reviewed by CFA Institute and/or a local CFA Institute Member Society in the Scholarship Candidate’s geographic area. Societies will have access to all data submitted in the Application, and may elect to req uest additional information from Candidates, or conduct reference checks or personal interviews.

Scholarship Rules

Candidates may only receive one scholarship per exam.

If a candidate applies for both an Access and an Awareness Scholarship, and receives an award, the remaining application will be void.

Access Scholarships must be used within 1 year

Recipients must enroll for their desired exam by the last registration deadline. Awards must be used for the exam year for which they are granted. No deferrals are available. Awards may not be sold, transferred, or assigned, and are not convertible to cash.

Application Agreements

Candidates must certify that they do not have any conflicts of interest. If you find you have a conflict of interest, you must disclose it fully. CFA Institute may, in its sole discretion, refuse to accept any application, or cancel a Scholarship award, where an actual or perceived conflict of interest exists.

Candidates must certify that their employer does not provide financial assistance for participation in the program.

Candidates must certify that they cannot obtain sufficient funds to pay the full price of participation in the CFA Program.

Candidates must certify that their answers are correct and truthful.

Candidates consent that the data in their application may be shared with and evaluated by CFA Institute Member Societies.

Scholarship recipient consents to his/her pass/fail results being shared with the Society from which he/she received the Scholarship.

Scholarship agree to participate in standard candidate research, such as the pre- exam and post-exam candidate surveys.

**A print version of the curriculum may be purchased for the additional fee applicable to all exam candidates. For future examinations (for the same or another level), recipients must apply and be selected for an additional scholarship to receive the discounted rate. Recipients are responsible for their own passport fees, travel arrangements, expenses, incidentals, and supplemental study courses and materials.

**If you wish to begin studying for the June exam before you are able to register (because you must wait until scholarship notifications occur in December), you may purchase the eBook curriculum in advance by contacting us. If you purchase the eBook curriculum in advance, you will receive a credit for your purchase during the exam registration checkout/payment process.