Career Development Grants

Applications for AAUW Career Development Grants are open August 1–November 15.

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Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or reenter the workforce. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents whose last degree was received before June 30, 2015. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation, and dependent care.

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. 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. Funds are not available for doctorate-level work.

Congratulations to AAUW’s 2019–20 fellowships and grants awardees!

About the Program

AAUW originally designed Career Development Grants in 1972 to offer “encouragement” funding to AAUW members seeking to renew or resume academic work for credit toward career or employment advancement.

Meet Our Alumnae: Career Development Grants

Niken Astart-Carpenter

Niken Astari-Carpenter

Niken Astari-Carpenter (2014–15) completed her master’s in business administration and management.  Niken currently works as the executive assistant to the mayor of Erie, Pennsylvania.  She is also Erie’s first liaison to Refugees and Immigrants.

Lauren Erickson-Mamane

Lauren Erickson-Mamane

Lauren Erickson-Mamane (2004–05) completed her master’s in public health.  Lauren currently works for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. 


Keita Wangari attending a Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Keita Wangari

Keita Wangari (2009–10) pursued her master’s in information sciences and currently works at Google as a user experience (UX) researcher.

Keiko Petrosky

Keiko Petrosky

Keiko Petrosky (2011–12) completed her doctorate in veterinary medicine.  Keiko is currently the senior manager, Access Value and Evidence Strategy (AVES) at bluebird bio.