5 Leader Essentials about Fellowships and Grants

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for 244 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2014–15 academic year. Thanks to generous member support, this community of grantees continues to grow and break through barriers for more women.

As the fellowships and grants cycle is a full academic year, there are many opportunities for your branch to work with fellowships and grants recipients to develop your organization’s programs, help women create strong networks, and support AAUW’s work. Here are five important things to keep in mind when planning for the 2014–15 year.

1. Familiarize yourself with the programs and important dates of the application cycle.

AAUW is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for women, providing fellowships and grants to graduate women and nonprofit organizations through six programs: American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, Community Action Grants, International Fellowships, International Project Grants, and Selected Professions Fellowships.

Applications for all programs are available online after August 1 for the 2015–16 academic year. Application deadlines vary by program, ranging from November 15 through January 10. With the cost of education on the rise, AAUW’s funding can make a difference in the lives of women and their communities, so go out and encourage women in your community to apply for an AAUW fellowship or grant!

2. Find a fellowships and grants recipient or alumna.

Now that you are familiar with AAUW’s fellowships and grants programs, find out who the fellows and grantees in your area are and what they are working on by visiting the AAUW Directory of Fellowship and Grant Recipients.

The recipient directory lists fellowship and grant recipients going back to the 2004–05 academic year. The listing for each recipient includes name, institution or location, degree, field of study or project name, citizenship, and a brief description of their work.

Are you a sponsor wanting to find out more about the fellow or grantee your contribution is supporting? You can search the sponsor directory by sponsor or recipient name.

3. Invite an awardee to your branch meeting or event.

“Inspiring” and “gracious” are just some of the ways AAUW fellows and grantees have described their interactions with members. Do you want to help women build networks — while learning about the innovative research and projects that AAUW supports? Do you want to foster connections in your community and attract new members? Invite fellows and grantees to attend or present at your branch meetings and events!

Our How to Invite a Fellow or Grantee to Your Branch resource will help you engage with an awardee or plan a program that features a recipient. These recipients are interested in meeting the AAUW members who make their educational dreams possible, so be sure to include them in your program plans for the year!

See where they are located, what they’re doing, and who their sponsors are by viewing the directory. Contact fellowships@aauw.org if you’d like assistance contacting a recipient.

4. Make it known that AAUW fellows and grantees have made a difference.

From filmmakers to engineers and everything in between, AAUW alumnae are breaking through barriers for women and girls in a diverse range of academic and career fields across the globe. Now, more than 125 years and $100 million later, our fellowships and grants have helped upwards of 12,000 women reach their educational goals. We’ve had a hand in the progress of some of the world’s leading minds, from Nobel laureates and novelists to entrepreneurs and astronauts.

Last year, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of AAUW Fellowships and Grants! We are proud to show off our history through an interactive online museum exhibit and a commemorative video. Join us this year in celebrating this remarkable legacy through blogs, social media, local events, and more! To learn more about the alumnae community or to be in touch with a former fellow or grantee, e-mail alumnae@aauw.org.

5. Support AAUW Fellowships and Grants in other ways.

You can support the program by contributing your time and expertise to a selection panel or donating to the Educational Opportunities Fund. There are also a number of incomplete endowments that are waiting for your contribution so that they can begin supporting the next generation of women leaders.

AAUW’s Fellowships and Grants programs would not be possible without the generous contributions of members past and present. We thank you for your generosity and we look forward to another century of educational funding for women.

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