Established in 1970 with a $25,000 grant from the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation, American Association of University Women Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at an accredited U.S. institution during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low.
Initially, focused on opening doors for women in the male-dominated fields of law and medicine, the program expanded its focus over time to include science and technology. Today, Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for the following master’s programs: architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, and mathematics/statistics. Fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in these fields: master’s in business administration (applicants may apply for second year of study only); law (applicants may apply for third year of study only); and doctorate in medicine (applicants may apply for third or fourth year of study only).
Grants ranging between $5,000 and $18,000 will be awarded to individuals who identify as a woman and who have achieved high standards of academic excellence and show promise of distinction in their respective fields. Applicants must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States and be a full-time student at an accredited U.S. institution during the fellowship year pursuing a course of study in the U.S. Priority is given to women who do not already hold a master’s or first professional degree.
See the American Association of University Women website for details and for information about other funding opportunities from AAUW.