Since 1882, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political. Our commitment to our mission is reflected in all aspects of our work.
AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
AAUW’s Value Promise
By joining AAUW, you belong to a community that breaks through educational and economic barriers so that all women have a fair chance.
About AAUW Funds
These funds provide educational opportunities and equity for women and girls through fellowship and grant programs, including International Fellowships, American Fellowships, Selected Professions Fellowships, and Research and Projects Grants. Also included are the Eleanor Roosevelt Fund for Women and Girls, which has long supported research on gender equity in education, and the Legal Advocacy, Public Policy and Leadership Programs Funds. Learn more about how to support AAUW Funds.
Fellowships and Grants
One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing $4.3 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 270 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2019–20 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 worldwide. AAUW seeks a diverse applicant pool.
Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF)
The AAUW Legal Advocacy Fund (LAF) works to combat sex discrimination in higher education and the workplace. It is managed by our national organization in Washington, D.C.
The LAF works through community and campus outreach programs, a resource library and online advocacy tools, and various research reports. In collaboration with the Public Policy and Government Relations department, the LAF seeks amicus curiae opportunities in cases on discrimination that disadvantages women in the workplace. The LAF is also supporting landmark sex discrimination cases that have the potential to make a difference for all women.