AAUW Funds

These include the following programs:

  • AAUW Funds – #9110.  Use this for undesignated gifts. These funds will support programs with the greatest needs.
  • Legal Advocacy Fund – #3999.  This includes Legal Case Support, LAF Case Support Travel Grants and Campus Outreach Projects.
  • Educational Opportunities Fund – #4336 – Programs formerly part of the AAUW Educational Foundation. Included in this fund are all Fellowships and Grants, the Fellows Alumnae Initiative, and the Undergraduate Scholarship Clearinghouse.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt Fund – #9170 – Programs that were also a part of the AAUW Educational Foundation.
  • Public Policy Fund – #4337 – This includes Government Relations, Civic Engagement and Field Organizing.
  • Leadership Programs Fund – #4339 – These programs were previously part of the Leadership and Training Institute. Included here are the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders, Campus Action Projects and Campaign College.

Read about AAUW’s most recent research reports, Graduating to a Pay Gap, The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap (2012).  This commonsense guide provides key facts about the gender pay gap in the United States, with explanations and resources to help you effectively advocate for pay equity. Be sure to read The Simple Truth About the Simple Truth.  Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment at School, that deals with sexual harassment in our schools. The report was made possible by the Mooneen Lecce Giving Circle and the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund. This is a follow up to Hostile Hallways: Bullying, Teasing and Sexual Harassment in School published in 2001

Have you read Why So Few, AAUW’s research report? If not find it at www.aauw.org/research/why-so-few/


Grants and Fellowships

AAUW has a long and distinguished history of advancing educational and professional opportunities for women in the United States and around the globe. One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing more than $4.3 million in funding for more than 278 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2012-13 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women in the United States and around the globe.

Learn more about each of AAUW’s five fellowships and grants:  American Fellowships, Career Development Grants, Community Action Grants, International Fellowships, and Selected Professions Fellowships.



AAUW Educational Opportunities Fund History and Information

The Educational Foundation, formed in 1958, is the world’s largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women. The Foundation’s endowed funds – the American Fellowships, International Fellowships, Selected Professions Fellowships, Career Development Grants – provide women with financial support for individual research and formal academic pursuits beyond a Bachelor’s degree. American Fellowships are one- year research fellowships in the arts and sciences for dissertations, post-doctoral research and to prepare completed research for publication. International Fellowships are for women graduate students from countries outside the U.S. with emphasis given to studies related to changing the lives of women and girls. Selected professions Fellowships are for one year in the fields of Architecture, Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences and Mathematics.

The Foundation’s Eleanor Roosevelt Fund, started in 1988, provided women public school teachers grades K-12 with professional development opportunities and supported projects targeting areas of high need for girls and teachers. Teachers who worked with underserved girls or communities, technology education, and programs stimulating interest in math, science, and technology were the primary focus of the fellowships. Until 2004 a five-day teacher institute was held annually for teachers who had been awarded Professional Development Fellowships. Now the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund supports educational research and publishes reports regarding the research results.

On July 1, 2009 the Educational Foundation and all of its fellowships, grants, programs and other activities were officially and legally restructured into AAUW.  Some of the programs included in the Educational Opportunities Fund (#4336) are:
American Fellowships, International Fellowships, Selected professions Fellowships, Community Action Grants, Career Development Grants, Fellows Alumnae Initiative and Undergraduate Scholarship Clearinghouse. The Eleanor Roosevelt Fund (#9170) supports AAUW research to provide analysis, data and accurate information about issues that are important to women and girls.

To make a contribution to any of the funds that were previously part of the Educational Foundation using a credit card complete this new online contribution form.  This form has clear instructions for filling out the form and the proper way to designate the fund to which the donation is being made. If you prefer to pay with a check made payable to AAUW Funds, use the same contribution form but print it and complete it off-line. Branches and AAUW members making contributions should use the forms in the Member Services Database.

For applications visit the fellowships, grants and awards section of the AAUW website at www.aauw.org or write to AAUW Educational Opportunities c/o Customer Service Center, 2201 N. Dodge St, Dept 177, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030.