AAUW Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

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Anticipated deadline: Nov 1, 2020 8:59pm PST

Grant amount: US $30,000

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

Gender restriction: Female

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

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About this funder:



The American Fellowships program has been in existence since 1888, making it the oldest noninstitutional source of graduate funding for women in the United States. The program 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 primary purpose of the Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship is to increase the number of women in tenure-track faculty positions and to promote equality for women in higher education. This fellowship is designed to assist the candidate in obtaining tenure and further promotions by enabling her to spend a year pursuing independent research.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • American Fellowship candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States as of the deadline.
  • 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., M.D.) or an M.F.A at the time of application.
  • Distance learning/online programs: American Fellowships support traditional classroom-based courses of study. 
  • American Postdoctoral Fellowships 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
  • AAUW staff or volunteers with decision-making authority who wish to apply for an award must recuse themselves from the decision-making process.


  • When comparing proposals of equal merit for Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships, the review panel will give special consideration to:

    • women holding junior academic appointments who are seeking research leave

    • women who have held the doctorate for at least three years

    • women whose educational careers have been interrupted.

  • For Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowships, preference will also be given to projects that are not simply a revision of the doctoral dissertation.


  • American Fellowships 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. 
  • Tenured professors are not eligible. 
  • Applicants may not apply for both a Postdoctoral Research Leave Fellowship and a Summer/Short-Term Research Publication Grant in the same fellowship 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.
  • Funds 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 dependents' education
    • Tuition for additional coursework