Scholarships and Awards

Advancing Women in Science

Awards and scholarships provide visibility
and recognition of the contributions of brilliant
scientists. They also offer role models and
encouragement to the next generation.

Sarah Richardson, Ph.D.
CEO, MicroByre
2020 Next Generation Award Recipient

Scholarships and Grants

These annual prizes support the professional development and advancement of AWIS members. Due to the generous support of our donors, AWIS has awarded over 30 scholarships in the last decade and awarded hundreds of grants to local AWIS chapters. 

AWIS Distinguished Doctoral Research Scholarship

Awarded to an AWIS member whose dissertation research project is judged likely to make important and original contributions to her field. This $10,000 award is intended for a pre-doctoral student in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, or Engineering who is a woman expecting to graduate within 2 years of the application deadline. We will begin accepting applications in November for the inaugural award in May 2021. (A link will be added to this page – stay tuned!)

AWIS Opportunity Scholarship for Career Re-entry

Awarded annually to an AWIS member who is a woman with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field that has been out of the workforce for more than two years. This $10,000 award will be used for additional education, to afford participation in an incubator, or cover start-up fees for a scientific innovation or product. We will begin accepting applications in November for the inaugural award in May 2021. (A link will be added to this page – stay tuned!)

AWIS Shooting Star Chapter Grants

These awards provide AWIS Chapters with an additional $500-1000  for local programming and activities such as K-12 science fairs, mentoring programs, advocacy, outreach, college scholarships, entrepreneurship, and leadership training. Chapter grant recipients are selected by AWIS’ Chapter & Affiliate Committee based upon end-of-year reports submitted by chapters, and awards will be distributed by May 2021.

Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award

Funded by the AWIS Educational Foundation, this $2,000 award goes to an undergraduate woman studying physics, geophysics, or geoscience. Applications are due March 15, to the Society of Physics Students, an organization of the American institute of Physics. The SPS Scholarship Committee will determine the recipients. Applicants must be active members of the SPS national organization.

Diversity and Inclusion Awards

These annual awards recognize individuals, companies and organizations who are trailblazers making significant contributions to increasing workplace diversity, promoting women in leadership positions and advocating for more inclusive practices in STEM. Meet the 2020 recipients.

AWIS Pinnacle Award

Honors an individual’s lifetime of innovative achievements in STEM and commitment to workplace diversity.

AWIS Leadership Award

Commends an experienced STEM leader for fostering a high representation of women in leadership and supportive workplace policies.

AWIS Next Generation Award

Highlights an early career leader in STEM who is a visible and vocal advocate for diversity and inclusive scientific practices.

AWIS Gamechanger Award

Recognizes an exemplary company whose diversity and inclusion efforts represent a true ally to the pursuit of workplace equality.


Thank you to our featured partners for their support of AWIS and the AWIS Foundation Awards.

We would also like to thank the Scholarship Committee for the administration of these programs.

We are grateful for all AWIS donors and supporters for helping women in science and related STEM fields achieve their dreams and reach their full potential. 

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