AAUW’s New Fellows and Grantees Join a Prestigious Community
Rich legacy continues with $3.7 million in awards for 2014–15 academic year
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) today announced the award of $3.7 million to its 2014–15 class of fellows and grantees. Selected from a wide pool of competitive applicants, the 244 awardees now join the ranks of Nobel Prize winners, celebrated authors, social entrepreneurs, and prominent scholars who have used AAUW funding to advance equality for women and girls.
AAUW launched the fellowships and grants program in 1888 to encourage women to seek advanced education. A distinguishing component of the program is that scholars may use their funding to pay for child care, transportation, books, and tuition — a factor that has increased the recipients’ success in pursuing graduate programs.
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a neuroscientist recently featured on the AAUW blog, especially appreciated that aspect of funding. She welcomed her second child shortly after handing in the final copies of her dissertation and, in April 2014, was honored with the prestigious American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award.
“Our awardees are brilliant, accomplished, and driven. And like most women, they face the hard reality of juggling various family obligations. For some, being able to cover child care expenses with the fellowship money is a godsend because it allows them to continue their important studies and research with one less worry,” said AAUW CEO Linda D. Hallman, CAE.
AAUW fellowships and grants have supported many trailblazing women throughout the years. Notable alumnae include Nobel Prize-winning scientist Marie Curie, novelist Susan Sontag, psychologist Joyce Brothers, and astronaut Judith Resnik. Contemporary alumnae include youth expert and author Rosalind Wiseman and social entrepreneur Jane Chen.
As a leading supporter of graduate women’s education, AAUW has awarded nearly $100 million in fellowships, grants, and awards to more than 12,000 women from 130 countries.
“These are life-changing awards,” said Gloria Blackwell, AAUW vice president of fellowships, grants, and global programs. “We’re so proud to continue this wonderful legacy 126 years later and see our alumnae thrive in their local communities and across the globe.”
Learn more about AAUW’s history of fellowships and grants through this video and timeline, which feature historical photos as well as interesting details about the program, such as the effort to help women scholars flee Europe during World War II.