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
The following disciplines and master’s level degrees are eligible for fellowship funding:
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:
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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:
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.
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:
Fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in these fields:
Deadline for online submission of application and supporting documents.
Notification of decisions emailed to all applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.
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:
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