Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine, and Science Application Instructions

Program Purpose

AAUW’s Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine, and Science funds women conducting research for a project that will culminate in a scholarly scientific publication.

The purpose of the grant is to increase gender equity in engineering, medicine, and science. To overcome gender bias in these lucrative fields, AAUW is providing funding for women scholars to strengthen their publication records in preparation for obtaining tenure and other promotions.

Applications are open August 1–December 1

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Award Amount


Payment of the final 10% of the funds will be will be contingent upon publication of research results within six months of the end of the grant year

Time Line

December 1, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. Central Time
Deadline for online submission of application, recommendations, and supporting documents

April 15, 2020
Notification of decision emailed to all applicants.

July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021
Grant year

When a deadline or notification date falls on a weekend, the date will be observed on the following business day.


  • Grants are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants). Members of the AAUW Board of Directors, committees, panels, task forces, and staff, including current interns, are not eligible to apply for AAUW’s fellowships and grants. A person holding a current award is eligible for election or appointment to boards, committees, panels, and task forces.
  • Grants are open to women scholars conducting basic research in engineering, medicine, or physical or biological sciences. AAUW follows the National Science Foundation’s definition of basic research: “activity aimed at acquiring new knowledge or understanding without specific immediate commercial application or use.”
  • The grantee must plan to publish this research in a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year and be listed as the sole author, senior author, first author, or an author of equivalent significance.
  • Applicants must hold a doctorate degree in engineering, medicine, or the physical or biological sciences.
  • Tenured professors are not eligible.
  • The grants are for tenure track, part-time, and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities.
  • Applicants may not apply for another AAUW national fellowship or grant in the same year.

Criteria for Selection and Application Review

The panel meets once a year to review applications for funding. Awards are based on the selection criteria outlined here. The panel’s recommendations are subject to final approval by the AAUW Board of Directors. Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis according to funds available in a given fiscal year. To ensure a fair and objective review process, AAUW does not comment on the deliberations of its award panels. No provisions exist for reconsidering fellowship proposals after the board has acted. AAUW does not provide evaluations of successful or unsuccessful applications.

Applications and supporting documents become the sole property of AAUW and will not be returned or held for another year.

In selecting fellowship recipients, the following criteria will be considered:

  • Applicant’s scholarly excellence
  • Quality of project design
  • Originality of project
  • Scholarly significance of project to the discipline
  • Feasibility of project and proposed schedule
  • Likelihood the project will culminate in a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year
  • Qualifications of applicant
  • Applicant’s commitment to women’s issues in the profession/community
  • Applicant’s mentoring of other women
  • Applicant’s teaching experience
  • Potential of applicant to make a significant contribution to the field
  • Applicant is from an underrepresented racial/ethnic background
  • Applicant is from an underrepresented area of the country and/or type of university other than a top-level research institution
  • Financial Need

The primary criterion for fellowship awards is scholarly excellence. Applications are reviewed by distinguished scholars and should be prepared accordingly.

When comparing proposals of equal merit 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, and women whose educational careers have been interrupted.


Funds are available for

  • Research expenses including supplies, equipment, and travel
  • Publication costs
  • Clerical and technical support
  • Research assistance, as long as it does not exceed one full-time equivalent employee
  • Journal fees
  • Office supplies, postage, copying, and related expenses

Funds are not available for

  • Salary replacement
  • Educational expenses
  • Living expenses
  • Indirect costs
  • Previous expenditures, deficits, or repayment of loans
  • Institutional (overhead) costs
  • Tuition for dependent’s education
  • Tuition for additional coursework

AAUW regards the acceptance of a fellowship as a contract requiring fulfillment of the following terms:

  • All recipients are required to sign a contract as acceptance of the award. Retain these instructions as they will become part of the fellowship contract if the applicant is awarded a grant.
  • Grants may not be deferred.
  • Any changes in research plans for the grant year require the prior written approval of AAUW.
  • AAUW must be notified promptly of any change in the status of an application resulting from acceptance of another award.
  • The grant will be awarded in two equal payments at the beginning and the midpoint of the grant year (pending receipt of a satisfactory midyear progress report). Payment of the final 10% will be will be contingent upon publication of research results in a scholarly scientific publication within six months of the end of the grant year.
  • Stipend checks are made payable to grantees, not to institutions.
  • Any tax liability associated with the receipt of a grant is the sole responsibility of the applicant. Specific questions regarding income tax matters should be addressed with the Internal Revenue Service, the applicant’s financial aid office, or a personal tax adviser. (AAUW is a nonprofit, tax- exempt 501(c)(3) public charity founded for educational purposes.)

Required Components*

Start the application process by clicking on the link to access the application and create an account through our vendor site. Complete all required components in the following tabs.

  • Eligibility
    • Applicants must pass the eligibility quiz to be reviewed by the selection panel.
  • Applicant
  • Recommendations
    • Provide three recommenders who are the applicant’s advisers, colleagues, or others well acquainted with her project or work. Standardized or form letter recommendations are discouraged. AAUW does not accept references from dossier services.
  • Academics
  • C.V./Résumé
  • Narratives
  • Budget
  • Uploads
    • Proof of degree: Transcript(s)** or original letter showing proof of doctorate degree in engineering, medicine, or the physical or biological sciences
    • Project institution letter: Letter from the proposed institution where you will conduct your project that indicates you have approval from the institution and the authority with whom the work will be done to conduct the research and have institutional affiliation, laboratory or office space, and library privileges during the grant year

* A certified English translation is required for all components provided in a foreign language. Translations must bear a mark of certification or official signature that the translation is true and complete.

** All transcripts provided must include the applicant’s full name, the school’s name, all courses, and all grades, as well as any other information requested in in the application instructions.

Tips for Proposal Preparation

  1. Read and follow all guidelines.
    Many proposals are disqualified each year because applicants omit a key step in the guidelines or ignore instructions. If you are unsure whether you are qualified to apply, email for assistance.
  2. Proofread all work thoroughly.
    Proposals that are unclear or contain numerous mistakes distract the reviewer from focusing on the content and reflect poorly on your ability to produce a high-quality product. Check to be sure that sentences are complete, clear, and grammatically correct.
  3. Have someone else read the completed proposal.
    An objective reader can often identify areas that need more explanation and may find errors you have overlooked.
  4. Be concise.
    Reviewers must read dozens of proposals. Proposals that are clear and concise are more compelling

Applications for Research Publication Grant in Engineering, Medicine, and Science
are open August 1–December 1

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