AAUW American Fellowships - Dissertation Fellowship

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

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Predicted deadline: Nov 1, 2021 9:59pm PDT

Grant amount: US $20,000

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: PhD Student

Funding uses: Fellowship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Location of citizenship: United States

Gender restriction: Female

Degree requirements: Applicants must be on the last year of their PhD

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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 purpose of the Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation.

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 application deadline.
  • American Fellowships are open to women scholars in all fields of study.
  • The American Dissertation Fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. 
    • Applicants must have completed all coursework, passed all preliminary exams, and had the dissertation research proposal or plan approved by the application deadline.
    • The doctoral degree/dissertation must be completed between April 1 and June 30 two years after application year (e.g. for 2018 application deadlines, between April 1 and June 30 2020).
    • Degree conferral must be between April 1 and September 15 two years after application year. 
  • Dissertation Fellows are not required to study in the United States.
  • Applicants may apply up to two times for a fellowship for the same dissertation project.
  • The fellowship is intended for applicants who are completing their first doctoral degree.
  • 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% 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.


  • 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.
  • Students already holding a fellowship or grant for the purpose of supporting their final year of writing or completing the dissertation the year before the fellowship year are not eligible to apply.
  • 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 dependent's education
    • Tuition for coursework that is in addition to credits required for maintaining full-time status while completing a dissertation
    • Extended field research


This page was last reviewed October 12, 2020 and last updated October 12, 2020