In conjunction with November’s Grant My Wish event where we at Under the Microscope ask women to write a fictional grant proposal for their dream research project, we have compiled a list of real grants for women in STEM. These include grants for individuals to complete their research, return to their careers, or travel to conferences, as well as opportunities for organizations, societies, and institutions to institute programs that will encourage education and careers in STEM. Feel free to add a comment if you know of a great grant we overlooked.
The American Association of University Women offers two types of grants, as well as a number of fellowships. They can all be found here. AAUW’s Career Development Grants are for women looking to pursue education beyond their bachelor’s degree, whether that’s a second bachelor’s, a master’s, or other training. It can not be used for a Ph.D. Awards are given in amounts from $2,000 to $12,000. The Association also offers Community Action Grants for women and organizations to support STEM education programs for girls and young women. $2,000 to $7,000 grants are given for one-year projects, and $5,000 to $10,000 awards for two-year projects.
The Association for Women in Science has six different awards that female students can apply for, two for undergraduates and four for graduate students that you can see here. The undergraduate awards are limited to women in their second or third year, and one is offered to all students while the second is for women studying Geosciences or Physics. The graduate awards are also targeted at women in specific years or disciplines, including one to help women who have delayed their education to focus on family. All of the AWIS awards require an essay and letters of recommendation, and the graduate student awards require a research plan as well. Awards range from $500 to $1,000.
If you live in the United Kingdom you might be interested in the fellowships the Daphne Jackson Trust has to offer. The Daphne Jackson Fellowship helps women get back to their STEM careers after a break by paying a salary for part-time work at a university or research institute. A Fellowship also includes training to refresh skills and knowledge. Applicants must have taken at least a two-year break from full-time work and have a Ph.D. or a proven research background.
The organization Graduate Women in Science (also known as Sigma Delta Epsilon) offers seven different named awards for women to continue or complete their graduate, post-doctoral, or early career research. Applicants must prove financial need. The amount awarded is determined by committee for each case, but range from $1,000 to $10,000 per award. Last year a total of $33,500 was given, with the highest amount being $4,333. All of the fellowships can be found at http://www.gwis.org/programs.html.
The National Science Foundation gives it’s ADVANCE grants to fund programs that encourage higher representation of women as STEM faculty. NSF awarded more than 100 ADVANCE grants to higher education institutions, professional societies, and non-profits to fund programs that help women to pursue STEM careers in academia. It should be noted, however, that programs that help women get into or stay in doctoral degree programs are not eligible for ADVANCE grants. There are a few varieties of ADVANCE grants to fit specific needs, so go to http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5383 to see the kinds of awards available.
Women mathematicians looking to get away should check out the Association for Women in Math’s Travel Grants. To enhance women mathematician’s research and increase the profile of women mathematicians AWM offers four different travel grants to women math researchers or educators. Researchers can apply for grants to travel to either a research or a math education conference. Untenured women professors can apply for a Mentor Travel Grant to develop a relationship with a senior researcher in their field, and women in or interested in mathematics education can apply for a similar Mentor Grant to learn more about education. Something tells me there’s a mathematical way to explain these different variables and combinations better than I can do in words. The grants are described in full here. All require applicants to be doctorate holders with work addresses in the United States.
The Engineering Information Foundation funds projects that generally contribute to engineering, and they list “women in engineering” as a specific area that they are interested in funding. Their list of criteria is fairly general: novel ideas, measurable and lasting results, replicability, good methodologies and cost-effectiveness, so there’s a lot of flexibility to apply for grants for your projects. However, be sure to also check out the list of things they specifically don’t fund. They suggest requesting amounts from $5,000 to $25,000. More information can be found at: http://www.eifgrants.org/info/index.html .