Career Development Grants

Applications for AAUW Career Development Grants are open August 1–December 15.

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Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2011. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care.

Grants provide support for course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, certification program, or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Funds are not available for doctorate-level work.

Congratulations to AAUW’s 2016–17 fellowships and grants awardees!

About the Program

AAUW originally designed Career Development Grants in 1972 to offer “encouragement” funding to AAUW members seeking to renew or resume academic work for credit toward career or employment advancement.

Meet Our Alumnae: Career Development Grants


Dana Kaplan

Dana Kaplan (2011–12) returned to college to pursue a career in the automotive industry as a certified master technician with her grant.


Esy Casey

Esy Casey (2009–10) directed a documentary on Jeepneys in the Philippines.


Graciela Tiscareño-Sato

Graciela Tiscareño-Sato (1998–99), a former U.S. Air Force aviator, was able to get her master’s and become a marketing executive and advocate for children with disabilities; she recently published Latinnovating: Green American Jobs and the Latinos Creating Them.


Chrystal Bell

Chrystal Bell (2002–03) is a forensic scientist and crime scene investigator.