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 the 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 almost 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.

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An EduSC Educated Womancated Woman Volume 2

The Sunshine Coast Branch of GWQ has now published this volume following the popular Volume 1. The collection of stories in both Volumes are stories from members’ lives, are stories of heroes, sharing their journeys from innocence to wisdom, from self-doubt to self-knowing. Copies are available from the Branch.


GWWA History

 A Degree of Achievement: Promoting Education for Women

Congratulations to GWWA and members of the History Project Team Wendy McCallum, Lynda Roberts-Hall, Barbara Hale (deceased), Bruce McCallum and Kay Wright on the publication of their latest History of Graduate Women (WA) Inc  Volume 2: 1973-2013. The  Book was completed during GWWA’s 90th Anniversary. Contact Graduate Women (WA) Inc. for more details.

2014 AFGW Fellowship Winners

 AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowship – Samantha KhouryProject: Biomarkers for the early detection of oral cancer: Samantha  is completing her PhD at the University of Technology, Sydney Australia. Her work is focused on discovering novel biomarkers for the early detection of oral cancer. AFGW Fellowship – Hannah Thomas Project: Students’ self-reported experience of bullying behaviours: A public health approach to reduce bullying in Australian schools.Hannah.  It is widely acknowledged that bullying is a significant risk factor to mental illness in young people.


2 MBA women  Did you receive an IFUW Fellowship or do you know someone who did?

As part of the fundraising activities for the IFUW Triennial Conference to be held in Istanbul, Turkey in August 2013, it is hoped to publish a brochure with news of past IFUW Fellowships and Grant winners, to showcase their progress and achievements thanks to IFUW support.  What you are doing now? What impact winning an IFUW award had on your life and your career path?

IFUW 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 IFUW funded. Send to

  NewsLatest AFGW Newsletter

The newsletter is now 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.

Madeleine AFGW President

Dr Madeleine Laming is currently a member of Graduate Women Western Australia. She has been President of Graduate Women Victoria twice and the national Convenor of Higher Education. In 2010 she was a member of the IFUW delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women and co-authored The Multi-faceted Right to Education: A Guide to Implementation and Monitoring. Madeleine was a teacher and teacher-educator for almost 30 years, and is now Senior Lecturer in First Year Experience at Murdoch University.

 IFUW Website

Go to IFUW Website and read about the IFUW ‘s international colloquia project, the IFUW Members’ Corner and Les Olympes de la Parole – Voices for Gender Equality. The IFUW 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 IFUW members worldwide. The Members’ Corner also provides one-stop access to the latest IFUW Updates, blogs and discussions. IFUW, in partnership with the Women’s Foundation for the Mediterranean, is starting a public speaking competition for secondary school students in Morocco and Tunisia -  “Les Olympes de la Parole – Voices for Gender Equality”.  The project seeks to raise student awareness of gender equality issues and encourage students, particularly young girls, to speak in public.

Members can access weekly IFUW updates by going to the Members” Only page. Contact STA presidents or AFGW web manager for the password.

The Logo

The logo that presides over all AFGW activity, including advocacy, is derived from the logo designed by members of the Norwegian Federation for the Third IFUW Conference in Oslo in 1924 and adopted by delegates as the permanent badge of IFUW and its national associations. The original showed an antique lamp representing the light of learning on a blue background broken with the letters IFUW. Around the central disc was an interlinked chain symbolizing the bonds of friendship linking IFUW members throughout the world. Eventually the lamp came to be known as the lamp of friendship. It was later modernized and the chain was dropped.

The lamp has been adopted by all national, state, territory and branch associations and adapted to better reflect local goals and activities.  Some of the State and territory Associations have also incorporated the lamp in their logos. These are featured on the left sidebar of this website. Click on them for links to their websites. AFGW commissioned the design of a new logo when its name was changed from AFUW to AFGW but retained the lamp. The original lamp logo is not lost or forgotten in Australia. It lives on, through a permanent memorial which is a perfect replica and located at the St Lucia (Brisbane) campus of The University of Queensland. It is of a fountain presented by AFUW to commemorate the 15th conference of IFUW held at The University of Queensland 19-26 August 1965.

Members’ Only Section

This space provides a forum where members can access corporate documents such as Newsletter, Graduate Woman Magazine, Advocacy and National Goals, Business Plans, Call for Nominations to AFGW Inc. Executive, Draft Constitutional Amendments and Draft Policy and Administrative Resolutions, Meeting Agendas and Minutes, The Way Forward for AFGW – discussion documents, AFGW 2012-13 Timetable.

It also provides a link to a discussion forum where members can post information and interact with other members.

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


A copy of the CONSTITUTION that governs AFGW can be read here AFGW Constitution November 2014

Visit other pages of our site to learn more about our programs 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
31st IFUW Triennial Conference Istanbul, Turkey – 16 to 21 August 2013
The theme of the conference was "Women’s role in achieving a sustainable future: Education, urbanisation, violence and human rights". Update Read more ...
AFGW Fellowships
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Barbara Hale Fellowship and the AFGW Georgina Sweet Fellowship. The Australian Federation of Graduate Women (AFGW) and its STAs 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...