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, Mathematics or Engineering who is a woman expecting to graduate within 2 years of the application deadline. The inaugural scholarship will be awarded in May 2021. Apply by March 10, 2021. (Please note the extension from the previous deadline of February 28.) Not an AWIS member? Consider joining.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • Professional Goals Essay (500 – 1,000 words)
  • Resume/CV
  • Research synopsis
  • Recommendation letter from current professor, advisor, dissertation committee member or most recent employer
  • Recommendation letter from a past professor, past employer, colleague or other professional acquaintance
  • Program acceptance letter (optional)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • Intended use of funds

AWIS Opportunity Scholarships for Career Re-entry

Up to four women (AWIS members with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field) will receive individual awards of $2,500 to be used for expenses that will support and enable return to a STEM career after being out of the workforce for more than two years. Scholarships may be used for job search fees, technology needs, commuting, family care, additional education, participation in an incubator, or start-up fees for a scientific innovation or product. The inaugural scholarship will be awarded in May 2021. Apply by March 10, 2021. (Please note the extension from the previous deadline of February 28.) Not an AWIS member? Consider joining.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • Professional Goals Essay (500 – 1,000 words)
  • Resume/CV
  • Intended use of funds
  • Unofficial transcript (optional)
  • Recommendation letter from professor, former employer, or new organization
  • Recommendation letter from an external person familiar with your work and its impact

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.

Acknowledgements

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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