Get up to $18,000 for Women in the US in the AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships 2021/2022

Are you a female citizen or permanent resident of the United States with high standards of academic residence?

Then apply for the AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship 2021/2022 to get a fellowship funding of up to $18,000.

Application Deadline: December 1 2021


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  • Funding: $5,000–$18,000



  • AAUW awards Selected Professions Fellowships to individuals who identify as women who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States who have achieved high standards of academic excellence and show promise of distinction in their respective fields.
  • Applicants must be full-time students at an accredited U.S. institution during the fellowship year and must pursue a course of study in the United States over the full academic year. Priority is given to women who do not already hold a master’s or first professional degree.
  • Selected Professions Fellowships are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants).
  • Women in two categories are eligible to apply: the Science and Technology Group and the Focus Professions Group.
  • Science and Technology Group Fellowships

The following disciplines and master’s level degrees are eligible for fellowship funding:


  • Architecture (M.Arch.).
  • Computer/information science (MS).
  • Engineering (ME, MS).
  • Mathematics/statistics (MS).
  • Focus Professions Group Fellowships

Open only to women from ethnic minority groups historically underrepresented in certain fields within the United States: Black/African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican and other Hispanic, Native American/Alaska Native and Asian American/Pacific Islander.

The designated fields eligible for fellowship funding are:

  • Business administration (MBA).
  • Law (JD).
  • Medicine (MD), (DO).

Non-eligible Factors

  • Joint degree programs: Fellowships only support full-time coursework in the above designated fields. An individual enrolled in a joint-degree program may apply for support only if she plans to pursue full-time coursework during the entire fellowship year in one of the approved designated fields. Fellowship funds may not be used to support coursework in other fields, even if part of a joint-degree program.
  • Distance learning: Fellowships support traditional, classroom-based courses of study at colleges or universities. This fellowship program does not provide funding for distance-learning programs or for degrees heavily dependent on distance-learning components. Final decisions about what constitutes distance learning under these fellowships will be made by AAUW. AAUW will accept applications from applicants who are temporarily studying remotely due to COVID-19 precautions at their institution.
  • Ph.D. coursework or dissertations: Fellowships do not support Ph.D. coursework or dissertations. Applicants should be enrolled in master’s level degree programs only. Visit the AAUW website for information about doctoral funding through American Fellowships or International Fellowships.

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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 areas:

  • Start
  • Proposal
  • Recommendations, Documents & Review


Three recommendations are required. At least one must be from a professor under whom you have studied recently. Others can be from professors and/or professional colleagues. AAUW does not accept references from dossier services, such as Parchment or Interfolio.

For medical students only: You are required to submit a dean’s letter as one of your three letters of recommendation.


Applicants must upload transcripts of postsecondary academic work. Academic records of all undergraduate and graduate work at institutions where degrees were earned must be uploaded. Also upload a transcript for graduate work currently in progress. Transcripts must show grade for coursework transferred in. If transcript only shows courses and credits and no grades, then a transcript from the initial institution is required. All transcripts provided must include the applicant’s full name, the school’s name, all courses and all grades, as well as any other information requested in the application instructions.

For architecture students only: Reproductions demonstrating a range of the applicant’s design projects. Please upload 10–12 samples in the online application, no larger than 8×10” in size. These samples are expected to be of professional quality and are very important factors in the evaluation process, during which time they are reviewed by practicing architects and faculty. Careful attention should be paid to the quality of these reproductions. Applicants should also ensure that their name appears on all samples.

For law students only: writing sample. Upload a sample displaying your abilities in legal writing. Sample must be limited to 15 pages.

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About the AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

These fellowships were established in 1970 with a $25,000 grant from the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation. Initially, they focused on opening doors for women in the male-dominated fields of law and medicine. However, the focus expanded over time to include science and technology, since the demand for a technologically skilled workforce has grown without proportional representation by women.

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for the following master’s programs:

  • Architecture.
  • Computer/information sciences.
  • Engineering.
  • Mathematics/statistics.

Fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in these fields:

  • Master’s in business administration.
  • Law.
  • Doctorate in medicine.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • August 1, 2021

Application opens.

  • December 1, 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 all applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.

  • July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023

Fellowship 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. Recommendations by the panel are subject to final approval by AAUW. Fellowships 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 fellowship 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 Selected Professions Fellowships:

  • Demonstrated commitment to education and equity for women and girls.
  • Reason for seeking higher education.
  • Degree to which study plan is consistent with career objectives.
  • Potential as a practicing professional and potential as a role model in new and innovative or nontraditional fields of study, research or practice.
  • Intent to contribute (through chosen profession) to societal well-being and commitment to the advancement of women and girls.
  • 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.
  • Academic excellence and related academic success indicators.
  • Applicant is from an underrepresented racial/ethnic background.
  • Financial need.
  • Priority is given to women who do not already hold a master’s or first professional degree.
  • Special consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate their intent to enter professional practice in disciplines in which women are underrepresented, and/or their intent to serve under-resourced populations and communities, to pursue public interest areas, or who are nontraditional students.
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