Career Development Grants

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

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Deadline: Nov 15, 2020 9:59pm PST

Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $12,000

Fields of work: All fields of work

Applicant type: Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student

Funding uses: Conference, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Location of citizenship: United States

Gender restriction: Female

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Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and who, are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. 

Grants provide support for course work beyond a bachelor’s degree, including a master’s degree, second bachelor’s degree, certification program, or specialized training in technical or professional fields.

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


  • Eligible applicants:
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Must reside within the United States during the grant period
    • Hold an earned (not honorary) bachelor’s degree
    • received their bachelor’s degree on or before June 30, 2015
    • Do not hold an earned (not honorary) graduate or professional degree
    • Plan to enroll or are enrolled in courses/activities that are required for professional employment or advancement
    • Plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following:
      • Bachelor’s or associate degree program that is different from the field of study of the previously earned bachelor’s degree
      • Master’s degree program
      • Certification program
      • Technical school
      • Professional degree (e.g., law or medicine)
  • Distance or online learning programs will be funded only if they are conducted through an accredited institution appearing on the U.S. Department of Education’s list of approved online/distance learning programs. 
  • Course work must be taken at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States or at a technical school that is fully licensed or accredited by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Eligible costs:
    • 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


  • Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.


  • Ineligible applicants:
    • 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
  • Grants are not available for:
    • Doctoral coursework or dissertations
    • Purchase of equipment
    • Indirect costs
    • Research assistants
    • Previous expenditures, deficits, or repayment of loans
    • Publication costs
    • Institutional (overhead) costs
    • Tuition for dependent's education
    • Activities that will benefit, supplement, or aid academic institutions with which applicants are affiliated
    • Career Development Grants do not provide funding for partial year coursework, prerequisite coursework, or coursework that begins before July 1, 2020, or ends after June 30, 2021.
    • Grants may not be deferred.


This page was last reviewed August 06, 2020 and last updated August 06, 2020