Get up to $35,000 Research Grant for Female Scholars in the AAUW Research Publication Grants in Engineering, Medicine and Science 2020-2021

If you are a female scholar in the field of  Engineering, Medicine or the physical or biological sciences, and have a doctorate degree in one of those fields, apply for the AAUW Research Publication Grants to receive financial aid for your research projects.

Selected Scholars will receive research grants to fund projects that will culminate in scholarly publications. 

Application Deadline: December 1st, 2020.


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The Program will provide grant funds between $10,000 to $35,000 to cover:

  • Research expenses including supplies, equipment and travel.
  • Publication costs.
  • Clerical and technical support.
  • Research assistance, as long as it does not exceed one full-time equivalent employee.
  • Journal fees.
  • Office supplies, postage, copying and related expenses.


The program is open to Scholars – 

  • Who identify as Women.
  • Conducting basic research in Engineering, Medicine or the physical/biological Sciences. 
  • Who have a doctorate degree in one of those fields. 


  • The AAUW 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. 
    • Tenured professors.
  • Grants may not be deferred.
  • Individuals currently holding awards are eligible for election or appointment to boards, committees, panels, and task forces.
  • Any changes in research plans for the grant year require the prior written approval of AAUW.
  • AAUW must be notified promptly of any change in the status of an application resulting from acceptance of another award.
  • The grant will be awarded in two equal payments at the beginning and the midpoint of the grant year (pending receipt of a satisfactory midyear progress report). 

Payment of the final 10% will be will be contingent upon publication of research results in a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year.

  • Stipends are made payable to awardees, not to institutions.
  • Any tax liability associated with the receipt of a grant is the sole responsibility of the applicant.
  • NOTE- Funds are not available for:
    • Salary replacement.
    • Educational expenses.
    • Living expenses.
    • Indirect costs.
    • Previous expenditures, deficits or repayment of loans.
    • Institutional (overhead) costs.
    • Tuition for dependent’s education.
    • Tuition for additional coursework.
  • Applicants may not apply for another AAUW national fellowship or grant in the same year.
  • Grant recipients must publish their research in a scholarly publication and be listed as a primary author.

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Application Instructions

To apply for the grant, complete all required components in the following areas:

  • Provide the following materials:
    • Three recommendations from advisers, colleagues or others well acquainted with your work. 

Standardized or form letter recommendations are not acceptable. AAUW does not accept references from dossier services.

    • C.V./Résumé.
    • Project Budget.
    • Proof of degree- Transcript(s) or an original letter showing proof of doctorate degree in engineering, medicine or the physical or biological sciences.
    • Project institution form- Submit the form that indicates you have approval from the proposed institution and the authority with whom the work will be done to conduct the research and have institutional affiliation, laboratory or office space, and library privileges during the grant year. 

No substitutions for this form will be accepted.

*All transcripts/information provided must include your full name, the school’s name, all courses and all grades. 

**All documentation provided in a foreign language must be translated in certified English Language. 

Translations must bear a mark of certification or official signature that the translation is true and complete.

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About the AAUW Research Publication Grants in Engineering, Medicine and Sciences

The AAUW Research Publication Grants in Engineering, Medicine, and Sciences is an initiative launched off the realization that constant gender stereotypes and bias in these fields can make it difficult for women to find the time and institutional support needed to publish their research.

The program seeks to help women overcome these barriers by funding research projects that will culminate in scholarly publications.

It will help women Scholars secure the strong publication record necessary to receive promotions and tenure in these fields.

The grants are for tenure track, part-time and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

The deadline for application and submission of all required documents is December 1st, 2020, by 11:59 p.m. Central Time. 

Notification of decision will be emailed to all applicants by April 15, 2021.

Proposed projects will take place between the grant year of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

The selection panel will evaluate applications from only applicants that fulfil the eligibility criteria.

The primary criterion for grant awards is scholarly excellence. 

The panel’s recommendations are subject to final approval by the AAUW Board of Directors. 

In selecting grant recipients, the following criteria will be considered:

  • Applicant’s scholarly excellence.
  • Quality of project design.
  • Originality of project.
  • Scholarly significance of project to the discipline.
  • Feasibility of project and proposed schedule.
  • Likelihood the project will culminate in a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year.
  • Qualifications of applicant.
  • Applicant’s commitment to women’s issues in the profession/community.
  • Applicant’s mentoring of other women.
  • Applicant’s teaching experience.
  • Potential of applicant to make a significant contribution to the field.
  • Applicant is from an underrepresented racial/ethnic background.
  • Applicant is from an underrepresented area of the country and/or type of university other than a top-level research institution.
  • Financial need.

When comparing proposals of equal merit, preference will be given to women holding junior academic appointments who are seeking research leave, women who have held the doctorate for at least three years, and women whose educational careers have been interrupted.

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