Selected Professions Fellowship was created in 1970 to support women in graduate and professional degree programs in fields where female are underrepresented.
Funds may be used 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
Full-Time Student at an accredited US institution. Priority is given to women who do not hold a master’s or professional degree
Science and Technology Group Fellowships
The following disciplines and master’s level degrees are eligible for fellowship funding in any year of study:
- Architecture (M.Arch.)
- Computer/information science (MS)
- Engineering (ME, MS)
- Mathematics/statistics (MS)
Focus Professions Group Fellowships
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
- Business administration (MBA) — applicants may apply for second year of study only
- Law (JD) — applicants may apply for third year of study only
- Medicine (MD), (DO) — applicants may apply for third or fourth year of study only
- Online Application
Start the application process by clicking on the link to access the application and create an account through our vendor site. Complete all required components in the following tabs.
- Applicants must pass the eligibility quiz to be reviewed by the selection panel.
- Three recommendations are required. At least one recommendation 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.
- For medical students only: You are required to submit a dean’s letter as one of your three letters of recommendation.
- 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.
- 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.
- The $35 filing fee is required to cover the cost of administering the application process. Payment will be accepted through Braintree. AAUW does not provide application fee refunds for ineligible, incomplete, or unsuccessful applications.
* 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.
Due January 10, 2018 by 11:59 Central Time
The winner will be announced April 15, 2018
The link to last year’s winner:
Don’t be afraid to apply because if it is for you it will be. Please contact if you would like any help in applying.