AAUW Awards an Unprecedented $5 Million in Fellowships and Grants

Funding Opens More Doors to Women and Girls

WASHINGTON DC — A bilingual scholar at Georgia State University received a grant to support her in achieving her goal of providing health education to minority communities.

An engineering student at the University of Maryland was awarded a fellowship to research COVID-19’s effect on public transportation systems and its long-term implications.

Two Florida Polytechnic University professors got funding for a program encouraging girls to study STEM.

These scholars are among the outstanding 260 recipients receiving an unprecedented $5 million in fellowships and grants from the American Association for Women (AAUW) for the 2021-22 academic year. The awards advance educational and professional opportunities for women and girls in the United States and globally.

See full list of award recipients

“For more than a century, our funding has opened doors and created opportunities for women and girls,” said Gloria L. Blackwell, AAUW’s executive vice president and chief program officer. “Our current focus is on providing increased support for women of color and women in the STEM fields, where barriers to women’s full participation still persist. We’re confident that this year’s recipients will benefit from our life-changing grants and fellowships, and more importantly, our society will benefit from their important work.”

AAUW is one of the world’s leading funders of graduate women’s education: Since 1888, it has provided more than $115 million in fellowships, grants and awards to 13,000 women from 150 countries. The impressive list of past fellowship and grant recipients includes such luminaries as best-selling author and historian Keisha Blain; professor and journalist Melissa Harris-Perry; astronaut Judith Resnik; and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, director general of the World Trade Organization, to name just a few.

“Our alumnae have done remarkable work in so many different ways, and we know that this year’s award recipients will continue in that esteemed tradition,” Blackwell said.

The fellowships and grants programs are also a cornerstone of AAUW’s commitment to easing the growing burden of student debt, which disproportionately affects women, particularly women of color. The ability to pay off that debt is hampered by a lifelong pay gap that affects women in nearly every profession. AAUW’s generous awards alleviate student debt so women can focus on developing their skills and qualifications. In a feature unique to some AAUW awards, the funding may be used for expenses outside of those traditionally associated with academic study, including child care and transportation, which supports recipients continue, return to and successfully complete graduate programs.

Applications for AAUW’s fellowship and grants open August 1 each year. Deadlines vary by program. Learn more about our funding opportunities for the 2022/23 academic year.



The American Association of University Women (AAUW) advances gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy. Our nonpartisan, nonprofit organization has more than 170,000 members and supporters across the United States, as well as 1,000 local branches and more than 800 college and university members. Learn more and join us at www.aauw.org.


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