Selected Professions Fellowships

Applications for Selected Professions Fellowships are open August 1–December 1.

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Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low (see list below). Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Selected Professions Fellowships are awarded for the following master’s programs:

  • Architecture
  • Computer/information sciences
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics/statistics

Fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color, who have been underrepresented in these fields:

  • Master’s in business administration — applicants may apply for second year of study only
  • Law — applicants may apply for third year of study only
  • Doctorate in medicine — applicants may apply for third or fourth year of study only

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


About the Fellowship

Established in 1970 with a $25,000 grant from the Max C. Fleischmann Foundation, Selected Professions Fellowships originally focused on opening doors for women in the male-dominated fields of law and medicine. The focus has since expanded to include science and technology as the demand for a technologically skilled work force has grown without proportional representation by women.


Meet Our Alumnae: Selected Professions Fellowships

Unoma Okorafor

Unoma Okorafor (2007-08) pursued a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering, and is the founder of Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation.

Ray Kinoshita Mann


Ray Kinshita Mann

Ray Kinshita Mann (1986) pursued her master’s degree in architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design.  During her time as a student, Ray designed a monument that is now located at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park.

Margot Vigeant headshot

Margot Vigeant

Margot Vigeant (1998–99) pursued a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, and went on to become the second women to achieve a full professorship in chemical engineering at Bucknell University.

Black and white photo of young Joyce Kozloff in 1975

Joyce Kozloff

Joyce Kozloff (1975) pursued a career in art, and went on become one of the faces of the 1970s feminist art movement.