Congratulations to AAUW’s 2018–19 Fellowships and Grants Awardees!

July 02, 2018

Collage of six diverse 2018-2019 AAUW graduate fellows and award grantees

“I just wanted to say I am humbled to be part of such an organization that encourages women to achieve the impossible. Being a woman, a mother, a Muslim, and from developing countries are all challenges but with great organizations like AAUW, I feel empowered to attain new heights in my career.”

Ghadeer Dawwas, 2017–18 International Fellow


AAUW’s fellowships and grants is celebrating 130 years of helping scholars and activists like Ghadeer Dawwas overcome barriers to their education and advancement. Recipients have become leaders in business, government, academia, community activism, the arts, and the sciences.

For the 2018–19 academic year, 250 women and community projects serving women and girls will receive $3.9 million from AAUW. This level of funding for women’s education and projects has a tremendous impact on women and their communities by expanding women’s potential and supporting their future promise.

By easing the pressure of financing academic and community work, AAUW’s awards help women tackle the growing burden of student debt and focus their efforts on the task at hand: developing the skills and experience they need to excel in their fields and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls.

Who is this exceptional group of fellows and grantees? See how just a few 2018–19 fellows and grantees are making a difference in their lives — and how they are bringing up others behind them.

2018–19 American Fellow Ezinne Achinivu

2018–19 AAUW American Fellow Ezinne Achinivu

Project: Extraction and Recovery of Sinapic Acid from Oleaginous Biomass (Mustard Bran) as a Value-Added Bioproduct for Biorefineries

Ezinne Achinivu is conducting postdoctoral research at ArgoParisTech, tackling the challenges that persist in advancing green engineering and green materials, especially with regard to their link to new production methods for a sustainable energy infrastructure. She focuses on developing sustainable processes for the valorization of waste biomass into high-value bioproducts such as bioenergy and biomaterials.

2018–19 Career Development Grantee Tanya Everett

2018–2019 AAUW Career Development Grantee Tanya Everett

Tanya Everett is pursuing her career as an actor and writer. She is a first year MFA student at the City University of New York, Brooklyn College. Her plays have been performed in many venues including Cherry Lane, HERE Arts Center, TheaterLab, Kraine, and Cherry Pit. She was chosen for the 2016–17 ‘Wright Club, a playwright development group named each year by the critically acclaimed Amoralists. She has also worked extensively with the Fire This Time Festival.

2018–19 Community Action Grantee Project H Design (DBA Girls Garage)

2018-2019 AAUW Community Action Grant Girls Garage Young Women's Design and Building Institute

The mission of the Girls Garage Young Women’s Design and Building Institute is to accelerate creative and technical skills and career pathways for teenage girls who lack access to those opportunities in their own schools and communities. The program connects design and building to activism and impact, challenging girls to use their newfound skills to make tangible change by building real-world projects for community clients.

2018–19 International Fellow Cecilia Gebruers

2018–19 AAUW International Fellow Cecilia Gebruers

Project: Forgotten Subjects of Intersectionality: Indigenous Women Resisting Land-Grabbing

Cecilia Gebruers is from Argentina and is pursuing a doctoral degree at Yeshiva University. Her dissertation focuses on the current debates around intersectionality in human rights law and legal theory, with special emphasis on indigenous women’s rights. Gebruers managed the legal department for Equipo Latinoamericano de Justicia y Género, an organization based in Argentina doing work on women’s rights, and worked as an assistant professor teaching political theory and women’s rights at the University of Buenos Aires.

2018–19 Selected Professions Fellow Michelle Lee

2018–19 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow Michelle Lee

Michelle Lee, a medical student at Cornell University, has researched neurological diseases since her undergraduate years. Her current research looks at biomarkers of brain tumors and interventions for women with intractable brain disease. Her goal is to be an academic neurologist, patient advocate, and health journalist. She aims to be a leader in the medical field and is passionate about women’s rights, reproductive rights, and services for domestic violence survivors.

To learn more about AAUW’s fellowships and grants programs and past awardees, visit our fellowships and grants web page, read our Following the Fellows blog series, and check out our online Fellowships and Grants directory, in which you can find out more about the remarkable women and organizations from your area!

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Lesley Perry By:   |   July 02, 2018