National deadline:  Applications for Selected Professions Fellowships will be open August 1-January 10. 

                                 (2016 TBA) January 12, 2015, 5:00 p.m. CST for online application and hard copy components
                                 (2016 TBA) January 20, 2015, 5:00 p.m. CST for letters of recommendation

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents
  • Academic excellence
  • Women who are currently pursuing or intend to pursue a master's degree in the fields of architecture, computer science, engineering, mathematics or statistics.
  • In the fields of business administration, law and medicine, the fellowship is only open to women who are ethnic minorities.

Award summary and benefits: American Association of University Women (AAUW) Selected Professions Fellowships was created in 1970 to support women in professional degree programs in fields where female participation traditionally has been low. The fellowship is 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. Awards range from $5,000 to $18,000 and requests that do not fall within this stipend range will be ineligible. Stipends are awarded in two equal payments. These fellowships fund academic and living expenses for a period of 12 months while a fellow pursues full time study. The fellowships do not fund:

  • Research equipment, research assistants and similar costs
  • Publication costs
  • Travel to professional meetings, conferences or seminars
  • Repayment of loans or other personal obligations
  • Institutional (overhead) costs
  • Tuition for dependent's education*
    • *Fellowship funds may be used for dependent care if essential in facilitating the candidate's pursuit of her educational study or research

Application: electronic and hard copy (see website above for complete instructions)
Online application components:

  • Proposed fellowship project
  • Academic/professional background
  • Career plans and professional goals
  • Narrative autobiography
  • Budget
  • Three letters of recommendation

Hard copy components:

  • Official transcripts of postsecondary academic work from all institutions where degrees were earned as well as an official transcript for graduate work currently in progress.
  • For architecture students only: Two bound sets of reproductions demonstrating a range of the applicant's design projects; 10-12 samples may be submitted in the portfolio, no larger than 8" x 10" in size.
  • For law students only: A sample of legal writing.
  • Filing Fee $35 (nonrefundable)

Faculty representative: Keith Raether
Contact: or phone (319) 688-4334

Mailing address:
Career Development Grants
c/o ACT Inc.
P.O. Box 4030
Iowa City, IA  52243-4030
Shipping Address (preferred) (overnight courier, such as FedEx or UPS)
Career Development Grants
c/o ACT Inc.
101 ACT Drive
Iowa City, IA    52243