Professors Without Borders

The Women in Higher Education Fellowship

About our programme

The Empowering Women in Higher Education Fellowship aims to address some of the recurring challenges faced by women working in higher education and provide them with the tools, resources, mentoring and networking opportunities to help them successfully and confidently navigate their academic careers.

The fellowship is hosted by the Think Tank of Professors Without Borders (Prowibo) and is led by Dr Caroline Varin, CEO of Prowibo and Dr Brieanne Beaujolais, Fullbright Scholar and researcher on gender and social justice.

This fellowship is for women working in higher education from PhD level, research, teaching or administration. The fellowship will take place over ten months with monthly meetings, guest speakers and roundtables.

Benefits for Fellows

A Community of Supportive Peers

Increased Confidence

Personal Growth & Development

Expanded Professional Network

Mentorship Opportunities

Management & Leadership Toolkit

Fellowship Meetings

Meetings are held monthly online on Fridays at 12:00 UK time. Each meeting will be moderated by a guest specialist in the chosen theme. There will be a short presentation, followed by questions and an opportunity for a roundtable of experience sharing and skills development. Meetings will be moderated by sector specialists with experience in industry and academia, and who will share updated research, strategies and best practices pertinent to the meeting’s theme. 


Headshot of Doctor Caroline Varin

Dr Caroline Varin

CEO and Co-founder of Prowibo

Dr Brieanne Beaujolais

Fullbright Scholar, Gender and Social Justice Researcher

Objectives of the Fellowship


...through knowledge. Provide women in higher education with the confidence, knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to navigate prevalent challenges.

Network Building

...and mentorship. Facilitate a strong network for professionals within the higher education sector, fostering mentorship and collaboration opportunities.


...through interdisciplinary exchanges with participants and guests from around the world, this Fellowship will support women towards reaching their potential and help them navigate structural obstacles.

No costs

Professors Without Borders believes that women should not be held back from participating in our fellowship because of funding constraints. Therefore there will be no costs for fellows.

All contributions and donations towards our programmes, however, are greatly appreciated.


Registration for the Women in Higher Education Fellowship is opening soon, with thirty places available for our first cohort.

You will be asked to describe how you could benefit from the fellowship, and the extent to which you can contribute to our community. Applicants interested in mentoring future cohorts will be prioritised.

We are looking for a diverse cohort with representation across sectors. You should have experience in either research, teaching, or academic administration and hold at least a Masters degree. Aside from this we encourage all women working in academia to apply.


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