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Career Development Grants

American Association of University Women (AAUW)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #175119

Grant Description

Grants of up to $20,000 to USA women to pursue advanced degrees and courses of study. Funding is intended to benefit women who seek to rejoin the workforce, pursue professional advancement, and change their field of employment. Eligible fields of study include social sciences, education, health, medical sciences, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Grants support course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, certification program or specialized training in technical or professional fields. Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. Funds are not available for doctorate-level work.

Career Development Grant funds are available for: 

  • Educational expenses
  • Living expenses
  • Dependent child care
  • Travel to professional meetings, conferences, or seminars, as long as it does not exceed 10 percent of the fellowship

The following criteria apply to the selection of Career Development Grants:

  • Demonstrated commitment to education and equity for women and girls.
  • Reason for seeking higher education or technical training.
  • Degree to which study plan is consistent with career objectives.
  • Potential for success in chosen field.
  • 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.
  • Applicant is from an underrepresented racial/ethnic background.
  • Applicant will be in an underrepresented area of the country and/or type of university other than a top-level research institution during the award year.
  • Applicant is seeking credentials in a nontraditional field.
  • Financial need.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Career Development Grants are open to individuals who identify as women and:
- 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, 2014.
- 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 or associate degree program that is different from the field of study of the previously earned bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree program; Certification program; Technical school.

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:
- Prerequisite coursework.
- Professional degree in law, business or medicine.
- 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.

Except where expressly stated otherwise, Career Development Grants are not available for:
- Purchase of equipment.
- Indirect costs.
- Research assistants.
- Previous expenditures, deficits or repayment of loans.
- Publication costs.
- Institutional (overhead) costs.
- Tuition for dependent’s education

Career Development Grant funding is not available for the programs below:
- Prerequisite coursework.
- Professional degree in law (JD), business (MBA) or medicine (MD, DO).
- Doctoral coursework or dissertations.

Funding may not be used for activities that will benefit, supplement, or aid academic institutions with which applicants are affiliated.

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- August 1, 2022: Application opens.
- November 15, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time: Deadline for online submission of application and supporting documents.
- April 15, 2023: Notification of decisions emailed to 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.

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.

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).

Career Development Grants are one-time-only awards.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding: $2,000–$20,000

Term of Contract:

Career Development Grants do not provide funding for partial year coursework, prerequisite coursework or coursework that begins before July 1, 2023, or ends after June 30, 2024. Grants may not be deferred.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:
https://aauw.applyists.net/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2faauw-cdg

AAUW
1310 L St. NW, Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005

202.785.7700
aauw@applyists.com

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