AAUW Career Development Grants on Education for Women
American Association of University Women
November 15, 2023
Private institutions of higher education, State governments, Public & State controlled institutions of higher education
The American Association of University Women is seeking applications for Career Development Grants to 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; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); or social sciences.
Donor Name: American Association of University Women
State: All States
County: All Counties
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: $2,000 – $20,000
Grant Duration: 1 year
Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.
Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation and dependent care.
AAUW originally designed Career Development Grants to offer encouragement funding to AAUW members seeking to renew or resume academic work for credit toward career or employment advancement.
Funding Amount: $2,000–20,000
July 1, 2024–June 30, 2025: Grant Year, when a date falls on a weekend or holiday, the date will be observed on the following business day.
Career Development Grants are open to women, including people who identify as women, who:
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, 2016.
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.
Plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following program types:
Bachelor’s degree program that is different from the field of study of the previously earned bachelor’s degree.
Master’s degree program.
Plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following fields of study:
Health and Medical Sciences.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
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 the programs below:
Professional degree in law (JD), business (MBA) or medicine (MD, DO).
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.
Career Development Grant funds are available for:
Travel to professional meetings, conferences, or seminars that does not exceed 10% of the grant total.
Except where expressly stated otherwise, Career Development Grants are not available for:
Purchase of equipment.
Previous expenditures, deficits or repayment of loans.
Institutional (overhead) costs.
Tuition for dependent’s education
AAUW regards the acceptance of a grant as a contract requiring fulfillment of the following terms:
Career Development Grants are one-time-only awards.
Career Development Grants are direct financial assistance to the applicant and cannot be administered by an academic institution or organization at which the applicant is employed.
Funding may not be used for activities that will benefit, supplement or aid academic institutions with which applicants are affiliated.
Career Development Grants do not provide funding for partial year coursework, prerequisite coursework or courses that begin before July 1, 2024 or end after June 30, 2025. Grants may not be deferred.
All Career Development Grant recipients are required to sign a contract as acceptance of the award. Retain these instructions, as they will become part of the grant contract if the applicant is awarded a grant.
Grants are awarded in two equal payments at the beginning and the midpoint of the fiscal year (pending receipt of a satisfactory midyear progress report).
Stipends are made payable to grantees, not to institutions.
For more information, visit AAUW.