Graduate Funding Information Service

September 20, 2021

American Association of University Women Dissertation Fellowship

Application Deadline: November 1, 2021

  • For women PhD students
  • All disciplines
  • $20,000 for living expenses
  • Restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents

The purpose of the American Dissertation Fellowship is to offset a scholar’s living expenses while she completes her dissertation. The fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation.

Applicants must have completed all course work, passed all preliminary examinations, and received approval for their research proposals or plans by the preceding November. Students holding fellowships for writing a dissertation in the year prior to the AAUW fellowships year are not eligible. Open to applicants in all fields of study. Scholars engaged in science, technology, engineering and math fields or those researching gender issues are especially encouraged to apply.


  • American Fellowship candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • American Fellowships are open to scholars who identify as women in all fields of study.
  • The American Dissertation Fellowship must be used for the final year of writing the dissertation. Applicants must have completed all coursework, passed all preliminary exams, and had the dissertation research proposal or plan approved by November 1, 2021. The doctoral degree/dissertation must be completed between April 1 and June 30, 2023. Degree conferral must be between April 1 and September 15, 2023.
  • Dissertation Fellows are not required to study in the U.S.
  • Students already holding a fellowship or grant for the purpose of supporting their final year of writing or completing the dissertation the year before the fellowship year are not eligible to apply.
  • The fellowship is intended for applicants who are completing their first doctoral degree.
  • Distance learning/online programs: Fellowships support traditional classroom-based courses of study at colleges or universities. This fellowship program does not provide funding for distance learning or online programs or for degrees heavily dependent on distance learning components. Final decisions about what constitutes distance learning under these fellowships will be made by AAUW.

For more information about this opportunities, including how to apply, click here.