AAUW’s 2015–16 Fellows and Grantees Will Change the World

August 01, 2015

Over the past century, AAUW’s fellowships and grants program has provided over $100 million to more than 12,000 women and projects serving women and girls from 140 countries. Today, that legacy is continuing with the announcement of our 2015–16 AAUW fellows and grantees.

For our 2015-16 class, AAUW awarded a total of 3.7 million in funding for individual women and community projects serving women and girls.


A total of 241 awardees received one of AAUW’s six fellowships and grants: American FellowshipsCareer Development Grants, Community Action GrantsInternational FellowshipsInternational Project Grants, and Selected Professions Fellowships.

AAUW fellowships and grants are especially dedicated to empowering women in fields in which they’re underrepresented, like STEM…


Forty-three percent of AAUW fellowships and grants support women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, where women are significantly underrepresented.

This year’s class of AAUW fellows and grantees represent a diverse range of academic and career fields across the globe.


2015-16 International Fellow Wafa M. Elmannai
AAUW 2015-16 awardee Wafa M. Elmannai (Libya) will use her AAUW International Fellowship toward pursuing her PhD in computer science and engineering at the University of Bridgeport, where she’s working on designing an intelligence framework for individuals who are visually impaired.
2015-16 International Project Grant awardee Valentine Khaminwa
AAUW 2015-16 awardee Valentine Khaminwa will use her AAUW International Project Grant to educate and empower Kenyan women and promote their rights to equality in marriage. Khaminwa was a 2006–07 AAUW International Fellow.

2015-16 Career Development Grantee Donna Lee
AAUW 2015-16 awardee Donna Lee will use her AAUW Career Development Grant to fund her master’s degree in medical speech-language pathology at the University of Washington, where she studies language acquisition in children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and fragile X syndrome.

2015-2016 Community Action Grantee AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield (MO) branch Project Director Pat Shores
AAUW 2015-16 awardee AAUW Ballwin-Chesterfield (MO) will use its AAUW Community Action Grant to fund its educational project on human trafficking, an issue that disproportionately affects women and girls. The project, called “Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking,” will be led by Project Director Pat Shores and will teach residents of St. Charles County, Missouri, what constitutes human trafficking, how to identity victims, how to dispel certain myths, and how to mobilize people from diverse backgrounds to take meaningful action against this criminal activity.

AAUW’s 2015-16 awardees join the ranks of Nobel Prize winners, celebrated authors, social entrepreneurs, prominent scholars and more.


It all began in 1888, when AAUW launched its fellowships and grants program to encourage women to seek advanced education.

At a time when women were restricted access to higher education, AAUW fellowships and grants were instrumental in breaking barriers for women. Yet AAUW knows that women still face significant barriers in access to higher education. That’s why AAUW fellows and grantees may use their funding to pay for necessities like child care, transportation, books, and tuition. This flexibility plays a significant role in a woman’s success in completing graduate programs.

AAUW continues to be a leading source of funding for graduate women in all fields of education.

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Do you want to follow in the footsteps of award-winning authors, scientists, engineers, and international change makers?


Apply for one of our fellowships and grant programs! The 2016-17 application cycle begins August 1, 2015.

We couldn’t be prouder of our new class of AAUW fellows and grantees. To find out more about this year’s exceptional class of awardees, visit the AAUW online directory.

Renee Davidson By:   |   August 01, 2015


  1. Avatar Carol Tempel says:

    Are there any recipients in South Carolina?

    Carol Tempel

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