Fellowships & Grants

Since 1888, AAUW has been one of the largest funders of women’s graduate education, investing in women who go on to change the world.

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Congrats 2020-21 Fellows and Grantees!

AAUW is excited to announce more than 200 awards and $3.5 million in funding for fellows and grantees in the 2020–21 award year. These exceptional recipients, who were notified by email on April 15, will pursue academic work and lead innovative community projects to empower women and girls. For questions about your status, please email aauw@applyists.com.

Current Opportunities

American Fellowships

For women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations or conduct postdoctoral research, or to those preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks.

Deadline November 1

Career Development Grants

For 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.

Deadline November 15

Community Action Grants

For individuals, AAUW branches and states, and nonprofit organizations that fund innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.

Deadline December 1

International Fellowships

For women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Deadline November 15

International Project Grants

For 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

Deadline November 1

Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine and Science

For women conducting basic research in engineering, medicine or the physical or biological sciences and who have a doctorate degree in one of those fields are invited to apply for this funding. Grantees are required to publish their research in a scholarly scientific publication and be listed as a primary author.

Deadline December 1

Selected Professions Fellowships

For women pursuing full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are underrepresented, including STEM, law, business and medicine.

Deadline December 1
Faces of AAUW

Meet an Alumnae

VIDEO: Melissa Harris-Perry, an American writer, professor, TV host and political commentator, explains how her AAUW Fellowship helped enable her stellar career.

Faces of AAUW

Meet a Fellow

With the help of AAUW, I got my book published and got tenure. Now I am teaching a course on women in Islamic art. Thank you so much!

Photo of 2016-17 American Fellow Mika Natif