This committee grants World Fellowships in accordance with the Constitution and International Standing Rules when sufficient funds are available. They maintain contact with the World Fellowship recipients for the duration of their studies when possible and encourage members to maintain contact with recipients studying in their states. The committee may also grant requests for fellowship extensions.

Goals for 2016-2018
  1. To increase communication with chapters and state organizations by promoting awareness of World Fellowship and the World Fellowship recipients
  2. To publicize the committee's actions and share information about World Fellowship through various communication channels
  3. To increase communication and make connections with the individual World Fellowships recipients

Carolyn Pittman
2016-2018 International President

Phyllis Hickey
Operation Services Administrator, ex officio, without vote

How it began

The World Fellowship Program began at the 1946 National Convention in San Francisco. Four German women educators received funds from Delta Kappa Gamma to spend eight weeks of study and visitation in Sweden during the spring of 1948.
In 1952, the World Fellowship Program began an  alliance with UNESCO to provide special help for Korean women. 

During 1958–1960, the present program began to take shape. An agreement was made with the Institute of International Education (IIE) to provide dossiers from which a Society committee could select recipients for study in the United States.

In 1972, the World Fellowship Committee became a standing committee, formerly part of the Personal Growth and Services Committee. In 1974, state organization and chapter committees became part of the Constitution.

The Institute of International Education recognized the World Fellowship Program with an award  in 1978 that is displayed at Delta Kappa Gamma Society Headquarters in Austin, Texas.


Application for study in the United States

Fellowship applications are conducted through bi-national selection committees sponsored by Fulbright Commissions/Foundations or by the Cultural Affairs Office of the United States Embassy in the applicant’s home country. All documents are sent to the Institute of International Education (IIE) in the United States. 

IIE is a private non-profit organization that administers the student portion of the Fulbright Program. IIE helps students with enrollment, visas, insurance and transportation. IIE also aids students with obtaining grants to supplement the Fulbright stipend from many different foundations and organizations, of which the Delta Kappa Gamma World Fellowship Program is one.

Annually the IIE staff reviews successful international candidates and forwards applications for those who meet the criteria for Delta Kappa Gamma fellowships. From these, the World Fellowship Committee selects recipients for Society grants.

Application for study in Canada

In Canada, recipients may attend the universities of Alberta, Calgary, Windsor, Toronto, Ontario, Manitoba, McGill, Regina, Queens University and Brandon University. The screening process in Canada is administered by members of World Fellowship committees in Alberta, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. 

Application forms are submitted to the international World Fellowship Committee for evaluation and ranking. Students in Canada may secure application forms from the World Fellowship Committee chair in each participating province.

Impressive numbers tell story

From an initial award of $2,500 in 1960, based on $11,528 in contributions, the program has grown through the 2014–2015 academic year to impressive totals:

Impacting education worldwide

920 women in 120 countries have received awards totaling $3,349,100.00 since 1960.


$3,944,876.30 (through June 2016)

Contributions and bequests determine the number of World Fellowship Awards given each year by the committee. During the 2014-2015 fiscal year, $74,901 was contributed.

Awards given In 2015-2016

20  $4,000 awards
2    $800 extensions
4    $400 extensions
Total of $83,200  to 26 women in 19 countries.


"I have a dream. I want to be an agent of change. I want to be one of the future education policy makers in Bulgaria. I dream of the day when we shall have happier and more motivated Bulgarian teachers and students. My Masters degree in technology in education in the USA is my first step in accomplishing my goal."

— 2015 World Fellowship applicant, Bulgaria 


  • How do I find out if there is a World Fellowship recipient in my area?
    In mid-October you can go to the World Fellowship Committee page on the DKG website, scroll down to Documents, and click on “World Fellowship Recipient Booklet.”  A list of the recipients and their schools will be provided.  Specific addresses cannot be listed on the website for confidentiality reasons, but addresses will be sent to the state organization world fellowship chairs. You may also contact the operation services department at .
  • If the recipients are selected in March, why do we have to wait until the fall to find out who will be studying in our area?
    After the recipients are selected, DKG Headquarters notifies them.  Sometimes their lives may have changed since they first submitted their applications, and they can no longer carry out their original intentions, or sometimes they have difficulty in obtaining a visa.  We need to confirm that all award recipients have definitely arrived at their university in Canada or the United States to begin the academic semester.
  • Where do World Fellowship students study?
    World Fellowship students work toward a Master’s or Ph.D. degree at approved universities in either the United States or Canada.
  • Where can I find ideas for raising money on a chapter or state organization level?
    Go to the document section of the World Fellowship Committee page on the Society website.