American Association of University Women Fellowships

Fellowship Information


American Fellowships support women scholars who are completing dissertations, planning research leave from accredited institutions, or preparing research for publication.

Who Should Apply:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of scholarly excellence; quality and originality of project design; and active commitment to helping women and girls through service in their communities, professions, or fields of research.

Fellowship Benefits:

Depends on the fellowship. The AAUW offers three fellowships:

  • Dissertation Fellowships offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation.
  • Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships are designed to assist scholars in obtaining tenure and other promotions by enabling them to spend a year pursuing independent research. The primary purpose of the fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education.
  • Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grants provide funds for women college and university faculty and independent researchers to prepare research for publication.
Program Duration:

One year.

Number & Amount Available:

Dissertation Fellowship: $20,000
Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship: $30,000
Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant: $6,000

Citizenship Requirements:
STEM Fields Only:

Student Information

Required GPA:
Academic Level:



Initial Deadline:
November 15
NC State Campus Deadline:


National Deadline:
November 15