Awards For Women Scholars

Many national fellowships and scholarships are open to applicants in all fields, and all are open to women. Please search the other scholarship pages on this site, as well as the world wide web for additional suitable awards.

American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation is the largest source of funding in the world exclusively for graduate women. The Foundation supports scholars pursuing a vast spectrum of academic research; public school teachers promoting girls' achievement in math, science, and technology; and community activists helping to improve the lives of women and girls through education. Deadline: Fall.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program seeks to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity. The NSF awards approximately 1,000 new three-year Graduate Research Fellowships in March of each year. NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and industrial applications in science, mathematics, and engineering. Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent resident aliens of the United States. Those eligible to apply are college seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, mathematics, or engineering. Women who intend to pursue graduate degrees in engineering or in computer and information science and engineering and who meet the eligibility requirements above can apply for the additional WENG or WICS awards. Deadline: Fall.

Talbots Women's Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to women residing in the U.S. who are seeking a college degree and who earned their high school diploma or GED at least 10 years ago. Five women will each be awarded $10,000 scholarships and 50 women will each be awarded $1,000 scholarships. All applicants must be seeking an undergraduate degree from an accredited two- or four-year college or university, or vocational-technical school. Scholarship awards are based primarily on financial need and previous achievements. Only the first 1000 applications are processed, so apply early.  Deadline: application materials become available in the fall.

UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Co-Sponsored Fellowships for Young Women in Life Sciences program is designed to identify and reward fifteen deserving, committed and talented young women scientists, from all over the world, active in the field of life sciences.  Candidates must already be engaged in pursuing research at the doctoral or post-doctoral level in one or allied fields of life sciences including biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, pharmacy and physiology.  Special attention will be given to candidates from the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).  Deadline Winter.