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American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships and Grants

November 15-March 15, varies by fellowship program
Arts and Humanities
Social Science


Since its establishement, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) has helped more than 10,000 women from more than 132 countries break through barriers and pursue their dreams of obtaining graduate degrees or making an impact in their communities.

Fellowship and grant recipients undergo a highly competitive selection process.  Academic excellence, commitment to improving the human condition, and the promise of continued impact are cornerstones of the rigorous selection criteria.  Please refer to each program for application details, eligibility requirements, and deadlines.

  • American Fellowships support women doctoral candidates completing dissertations or scholars seeking funds for postdoctoral research leave from accredited institutions. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence, the quality and originality of project design, and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.
  • Career Development Grants support women who hold a bachelor's degree and are preparing to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the work force. Special consideration is given to women of color, and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.  Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States, or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Community Action grants provide funds to individuals, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.  Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Nonprofit organizations must be based in the United States. Grant projects must have direct public impact, be nonpartisan, and take place within the United States or its territories.
  • International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not United States citizens or permanent residents. Both graduate and postgraduate study at accredited institutions are supported. Several fellowships are available for study outside of the U.S.
  • 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--namely, architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, and mathematics/statistics. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Fellowships for women of color are offered in business administration, law, and medicine.