Educational Funding and Awards

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe.


One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $3.7 million in funding for more than 241 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2015–16 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide.

Congratulations to AAUW’s 2015–16 fellowships and grants awardees!

Our Fellowships and Grants

American Fellowships

Who may apply: Women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks
Funding: $6,000–$30,000
Deadline: November 15

Career Development Grants

Who may apply: Women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or reenter the workforce and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least five years before the award period
Funding: $2,000–$12,000
Deadline: December 15

International Fellowships

Who may apply: Women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents
Funding: $18,000–$30,000
Deadline: December 1

International Project Grants

Who may apply: Alumnae of AAUW’s International Fellowships program who are living in their home countries and pursuing community-based projects to improve the social advancement and economic empowerment of women and girls
Funding: $5,000–$7,000
Deadline: January 15

Selected Professions Fellowships

Who may apply: Women pursuing full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented, including STEM, law, business, and medicine
Funding: $5,000–$18,000
Deadline: January 10

If the application date falls on a weekend, the deadline is the next business day.

Community Action Grants

All CAG funds for FY 2016 have been committed for Tech Trek and Tech Savvy, and no applications are being accepted at this time.

Find Our Recipients and Sponsors

Search this directory to learn about the exemplary work of AAUW fellows and grantees.

For Alumnae

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