Selected Professions Fellowships

Applications for Selected Professions Fellowships are open August 1–January 10.

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Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low (see list below). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for the following master’s programs:

  • Architecture
  • Computer/information sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics/statistics

Fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in these fields:

  • Master’s in business administration — applicants may apply for second year of study only
  • Law — applicants may apply for third year of study only
  • Doctorate in medicine — applicants may apply for third or fourth year of study only

Congratulations to AAUW’s 2018–19 fellowships and grants awardees!


About the Fellowship

Established in 1970 with a $25,000 grant from the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation, Selected Professions Fellowships originally focused on opening doors for women in the male-dominated fields of law and medicine. The focus has since expanded to include science and technology as the demand for a technologically skilled work force has grown without proportional representation by women.


Meet Our Alumnae: Selected Professions Fellowships

2003–04 AAUW Selected Professions Fellow Joyce Kim

Joyce Kim

Joyce Kim (2003–04) is the co-founder of the nonprofit Stellar.


Teizeen Mohamedali

Teizeen Mohamedali (2009–10) pursued a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering and went on to work on water quality projects in Washington state.


Mariya Lazebnik

Mariya Lazebnik (2007–08) completed doctoral research on the use of electromagnetic energy at microwave frequencies for breast cancer detection and published a paper that was selected as a finalist for the Roberts Prize.


Freda Brady

Freda Brady (2005–06), an electrical engineer and lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, completed her master’s in business administration and became a senior consultant with IBM.


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