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Career Development Grants

Scholarships to USA Women to Enroll in Career
Advancing Degrees and Certification Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Deadline Date:

11/15/18 11:59 PM CT


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Scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $12,000 to USA women who are pursuing degrees and courses of study required for professional advancement or employment opportunities. This program is intended for women who are reentering the workforce, seeking to advance in a current career, or are in the process of making a career change. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing credentials in nontraditional fields.

AAUW’s Career Development Grants provide assistance for additional higher education, technical training, or participation in professional development institutes. Grants provide support for coursework toward degree programs other than a doctorate or for specialized training in technical or professional fields.

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 is from an underrepresented area of the country and/or type of university other than a top-level research institution
-Applicant is seeking credentials in a nontraditional field
-Financial Need

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175119

Estimated Size of Grant:

$2,000 - $12,000

Term of Contract:

Career Development Grants are one-time-only awards.

Career Development Grants do not provide funding for partial year coursework or coursework that begins before July 1, 2017, or ends after June 30, 2018.

Grants may not be deferred.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Career Development Grants are open to 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, 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.

Applicants must plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following:
-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
-Professional degree (e.g., law or medicine)

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
-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 and officers of the AAUW Board of Directors are not eligible to apply for fellowships and grant awards. AAUW staff or volunteers with decision-making authority who wish to apply for an award must recuse themselves from the decision-making process.

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 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for AAUW Career Development Grants are open August 1 - December 15.

A $35 filing fee is required to cover the cost of administering the application process. AAUW does not provide application fee refunds for ineligible, incomplete, or unsuccessful applications.


-November 15, 2018, by 11:59 PM Central Time: Deadline for online submission of application and supporting documents.
-April 15, 2019: Notification of decisions e-mailed to applicants. AAUW is not able to honor requests for earlier notification.
-July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020: Grant year

When a deadline or notification date falls on a weekend, the date will be observed on the following business day.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

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

202.785.7700 / 800.326.2289

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