Funding Information

  • $10,000-$35,000
  • Grant year: July 1, 2023–June 30, 2024

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grants are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants).
  • Members of the AAUW Board of Directors, committees, panels, task forces, and staff, including current interns, are not eligible to apply for AAUW’s fellowships and grants. A person holding a current award is eligible for election or appointment to boards, committees, panels, and task forces.
  • Grant candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • Grants are open to women, including people who identify as women. Applicants must be conducting basic research in engineering, medicine, or physical or biological sciences at an accredited institution of higher education or research. AAUW will make final decisions about what constitutes eligible institutions.
  • AAUW follows guidance from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and National Institute of Health (NIH) in determining what qualifies as basic research:
    • NSF: “Activity aimed at acquiring new knowledge or understanding without specific immediate commercial application or use.” The NSF Definitions of Research and Development provides additional guidance.
    • NIH: “The systematic study directed toward greater knowledge or understanding of the fundamental aspects of phenomena and of observable facts without specific applications towards processes or products in mind.” (32 CFR 272.3) The NIH Basic Research – Digital Media Kit and Basic Research: Building a First Foundation for Biomedicine provide additional guidance.
  • The grantee must plan to have this research accepted to a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year and be listed as the sole author, senior author, first author, or author of equivalent significance.
  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree in engineering, medicine, or the physical or biological sciences.
  • Tenured professors are not eligible.
  • The grants are for tenure track, part-time and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities.
  • Applicants may not apply for another AAUW national fellowship or grant in the same year..

For more information, visit American Association of University Women (AAUW).