Get up to $12,000 USD for Women in the US in the AAUW Career Development Grants 2021

Are you a female US citizen or permanent resident with a bachelor’s degree obtained on or

before June 30 2014?

Apply for the AAUW Career Development Grants 2021 to get a grant funding of up to $12,000.

Application Deadline: November 15 2021


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Funding: $2,000–$12,000


Career Development Grants are open to individuals who identify as women and:

  • are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • hold an earned (not honorary) bachelor’s degree.
  • received their bachelor’s degree on or before June 30, 2014.
  • do not hold an earned (not honorary) graduate or professional degree.
  • plan to enroll or are enrolled in courses/activities that are required for professional employment or advancement, and
  • plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following program types:
  • Bachelor’s or associate degree program that is different from the field of study of the previously earned bachelor’s degree.
  • Master’s degree program.
  • Certification program.
  • Technical school.
  • Plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following fields of study:
    • Education.
    • Health and Medical Sciences.
    • Social Sciences.

All courses of study must occur at a regionally accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States or at a technical school that is fully licensed and/or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants must reside within the United States during the grant period.

Distance or online learning programs will be funded only if they are conducted through an accredited institution appearing on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of approved online/distance learning programs. Final decisions about what constitutes distance learning under these grants will be made by AAUW.

Applicants are required to indicate their matriculation status within the application. While applicants are not required to already be enrolled or accepted into their preferred institution of study in order to apply, preference is given to those who are able to demonstrate strong commitment or intent in following the proposed plan of study. Awardees must be able to show proof of admission when submitting their acceptance materials.

Career Development Grant funding is not available for:

  • Prerequisite coursework.
  • Professional degree in law, business or medicine.
  • Doctoral coursework or dissertations.
  • Career Development 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.

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Application Instructions

Start the application process by clicking the Apply Now button below to access the application and create an account through our vendor site. Complete all required components in the following tabs.

  • Background
  • Proposal
  • Recommendation & Review


Your recommendation must be submitted by a college counselor or adviser, an instructor or a work supervisor who knows you well. AAUW does not accept references from dossier services, such as Parchment or Interfolio.


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About the US in the AAUW Career Development Grants 2021

Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are

preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce in education, health and medical

sciences, or social sciences. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women

pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Discover more opportunities from the American Association of University Women (AAUW).

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • August 1, 2021

Application opens.

  • November 15, 2021, by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time

Deadline for online submission of application and supporting documents.

  • April 15, 2022

Notification of decisions emailed to applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.

  • July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023

Grant year

  • When a date falls on a weekend or holiday, the date will be observed on the following business day.

The panel meets once a year to review applications for funding. Awards are based on the criteria outlined here. The panel’s recommendations are subject to final approval by AAUW. Grants are awarded on a competitive basis according to funds available in a given fiscal year.

To ensure a fair review process, AAUW does not comment on the deliberations of the awards panels. AAUW does not provide evaluations of applications. No provisions exist for reconsideration of grant proposals. Applications and supporting documents become the sole property of AAUW and will not be returned or held for another year.

The following criteria apply to the selection of Career Development Grants:

  • Demonstrated commitment to education and equity for women and girls.
  • Reason for seeking higher education or technical training.
  • Degree to which study plan is consistent with career objectives.
  • Potential for success in chosen field.
  • Documentation of opportunities in chosen field.
  • Feasibility of study plans and proposed time schedule.
  • Validity of proposed budget and budget narrative, including sufficient outside support.
  • Quality of written proposal.
  • Applicant is from an underrepresented racial/ethnic background.
  • Applicant will be in an underrepresented area of the country and/or type of university other than a top-level research institution during the award year.
  • Applicant is seeking credentials in a nontraditional field.
  • Financial need.
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