The American Association of University Women provides fellowships for women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks. The scholarship is available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equity for women in higher education.

AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families.

Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Course Level:  Scholarships are available to study postdoctoral research fellowship.

Study Subject: Scholarship is awarded to study educational, social, economic, and political.

Scholarship Award: Scholarship award is available for Amount: $30,000

Nationality: S. citizens or permanent residents.

Entrance Requirement: American Fellowships are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including the 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 recues themselves from the decision-making process.

  • American Fellowship candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • American Fellowships are open to women scholars in all fields of study.
  • American Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship applicants must hold a doctorate classified as a research degree (e.g., Ph.D., Ed.D. D.B.A., D.M.) or an M.F.A at the time of application.
  • Tenured professors are not eligible.
  • Applicants may not apply for another AAUW national fellowship or grant in the same year.
  • Distance learning/online programs: American Fellowships support traditional classroom-based courses of study. This fellowship program does not provide funding for distance learning programs or for degrees heavily dependent on distance learning components. Final decisions about what constitutes distance learning under these fellowships will be made by AAUW.
  • English Language Requirements: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Application Procedure: The American Fellowships panel meets once a year to review applications for funding. Awards are based on the selection criteria outlined here. The panel’s recommendations are subject to final approval by the AAUW Board of Directors. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis according to funds available in a given fiscal year. To ensure a fair and objective review process, AAUW does not comment on the deliberations of its award panels. No provisions exist for reconsidering fellowship proposals after the board has acted. AAUW does not provide evaluations of successful or unsuccessful applications.

  • Applications and supporting documents become the sole property of AAUW and will not be returned or held for another year.
  • In selecting fellowship recipients, the following criteria will be considered:
  • Applicant’s scholarly excellence
  • Quality of project design
  • Originality of project
  • The scholarly significance of the project to the discipline
  • Feasibility of project and proposed schedule
  • Qualifications of applicant
  • Applicant’s commitment to women’s issues in the profession/community
  • Applicant’s mentoring of other women
  • Applicant’s teaching experience
  • The potential for an applicant to make a significant contribution to the field
  • The applicant is from an underrepresented racial/ethnic background
  • The applicant is from an underrepresented area of the country and/or type of university other than a top-level research institution
  • Financial Need

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