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 women’s demand for a technologically skilled workforce has grown without proportional representation.
|Organization||American Association of University Women|
|Subjects||Architecture, Computer/information sciences, Engineering, Mathematics/statistics|
|Number of Awards||NA|
|Contest Deadline||December 1, 2022|
Who is Eligible?
AAUW awards Selected Professions Fellowships to women, including people who identify as women, who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and 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. They must pursue a course of study in the United States over the entire 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 can apply to the Science and Technology Group and the Focus Professions Group.
AAUW encourages applicants interested in funding bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certification programs, technical school, and other master’s degrees to consider eligibility guidelines for Career Development Grants. Applicants can only apply for one AAUW award per year.
How to Apply?
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:
- Recommendations, Documents & Review
Three recommendations are required. At least one must be from a professor you have studied with recently. Others can be from professors and professional colleagues. AAUW does not accept references from dossier services, such as Parchment or Interfolio.
For medical students only: You must 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 grades for coursework transferred in. If the transcript only shows courses and credits and no steps, then a transcript from the initial institution is required. All transcripts 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 critical 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 piece displaying your abilities in legal writing. A selection must be limited to 15 pages.
Selected Professions Fellowship funds are available for:
- Educational expenses
- Living expenses
- Dependent child care
- Travel to professional meetings, conferences, or seminars that do not exceed 10% of the fellowship total
The deadline for online submission of the application and supporting documents is December 1, 2022