National Fellowships and Grants

The American Association for University Women (AAUW) is one of the world’s premier sources of funding for women pursuing advanced degrees, providing nearly $4 million annually in fellowships and grants!  The local Manhattan Branch ( asks you to please inform K-State women students and faculty about these excellent funding opportunities!  Applications are available at AAUW’s website:

Applications for the 2017-2018 AAUW Fellowships and Grants are available online at Please direct specific application questions to ACT, AAUW’s application processing center: p. 319-688-4334, email or write to the customer service center at AAUW Fellowships and Grants, C/O ACT, Inc., P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030.

American Fellowships
Funding for women scholars who are completing dissertations (Dissertation Fellowship, $20,000), faculty planning leave from accredited institutions to pursue research (Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship, $30,000), or faculty/researchers preparing research for publication (Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant, $6,000).
Who may apply: Women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting post-doctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks.
Funding:  $6,000–$30,000
Deadline:  November 15, 2019

International Fellowships
Funding for women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents to pursue full-time graduate or postgraduate study and research.  Categories include Master’s/First Professional Degree Fellowship ($18,000), Doctoral Fellowship ($20,000), and Postdoctoral Fellowship ($30,000).
Who may apply: Women pursuing full-time graduate or post-doctoral study in the United States who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Funding:  $18,000–$30,000
Deadline:  December 1, 2019

International Project Grants
When AAUW International Fellows pursue education in the United States, their commitment to empowering women and girls in their home countries does not end — and their need for funding does not either. To create lasting support for women and girls across the globe, AAUW gives grants to recent International Fellowship alumnae who have returned to their home countries to build on their academic work and implement community-based projects that will improve the lives of women and girls.
Who may apply:  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.
Funding:  $5,000–$7,000
Deadline:  December 15, 2019

Career Development Grants
Funding ($2,000 – $12,000) to support women with bachelor’s degrees and are preparing for career advancement or to re-enter the workforce.  Primary consideration is given to women of color or women pursing their first advanced degree or credentials in non-traditional fields.  Funds cover tuition, books, supplies, transportation, and/or dependent care.
Who may apply:  Women pursuing a certificate or degree to advance their careers, change careers, or re-enter the workforce and whose bachelor’s degree was received at least five years before the award period.
Funding:  $2,000–$12,000
Deadline:  December 15, 2019

Selected Professions Fellowships
Funding ($5,000-$18,000) for women to pursue a full-time course of study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women’s participation traditionally has been low, such as (architecture (M. Arch), computer/information sciences (M.S.), engineering (M.E., M.S.), and mathematics/statistics (M.S.).
Who may apply:  Women pursuing full-time study in a master’s or professional degree program in which women are under-represented, including STEM, law, business, and medicine.
Funding:  $5,000–$18,000
Deadline:  January 10, 2020

Community Action Grants
Provide seed money (One- or Two Year Grants $2,000-$7,000 or $5,000-$10,000) to women, AAUW branches, AAUW state organization, and nonprofit organizations (including universities) for innovative programs or nondegree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.  Special consideration is given to projects focused on K-12 and community college students’ achievements in mathematics, science, or technology and to projects that involve collaboration between schools and local communities.
Who may apply:  Individuals, AAUW branches and states, and nonprofit organizations to fund innovative programs or nondegree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls.
Funding:   One-year grant, $2,000–$7,000; Two-year grant, $5,000–$10,000
Deadline:  January 15, 2020