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SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Program for Women Applicants, 2019 USA

Research Fellowships in the field of Natural sciences for women applicants at any institution in the U.S. or abroad-2019

The SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Program is proud to offer fellowships in 2019 to help increase knowledge in the fundamental sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. Endowment funds, mostly generated from bequests, provide the annual income that supports scientific research done by SDE/GWIS award winners. For the 2018-2019 academic year, they distributed just under $50,000 in fellowship funds to ten deserving women scientists.

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Study Subject(s): Natural sciences
Course Level: Research
Scholarship Provider: The SDE/GWIS National Council
Scholarship can be taken at: U.S. or abroad


  • Awards will be made to women holding a degree from a recognized institution of higher learning, of outstanding ability and promise in research, who are performing research at any institution in the U.S. or abroad.
  • Career level (e.g. graduate student vs. assistant professor) of the candidate will be taken into consideration when reviewing the proposals.
  • Awards will be made irrespective of race, religion, nationality, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, or age.
  • Active SDE/GWIS membership is encouraged at the time of and throughout the duration of funding. Membership must include both chapter and National dues.

Scholarship Open for International Students: Yes

How to Apply:

To apply, the applicants must be submitted an online application through the given link: https://webportalapp.com/sp/login/gwis-fellowship-application-portal

  • At the end of the Fellowship, a one-page progress report, plus the annual expense report must be sent to the past president. The fellowships winner’s supervisor must sign both documents, and the past president must receive it by May 15th, 2019. Any abstracts or reprints resulting from the proposed work must accompany the progress report. Please send both documents to [email protected]. If the research extends beyond one year, submission of an annual progress report acceptable to the Fellowships Committee is required.
  • Acknowledgement of support from an award is requested in pertinent publications, oral presentations and on the awardees’ curriculum vitae.
  • The period of the award shall be one academic year (July 1st to June 30th). Recipients are not eligible for awards in subsequent years, though they may submit applications that include a significantly different proposal/project than the one for which they received a GWIS Fellowship award previously.
  • All of the work in the proposal must be conducted by the PI of the grant. The fellowships applicant will be the one conducting the work, rather than using the award to support someone conducting work for them (e.g. the funds may not be used by a professor to support a graduate student).
  • The recipient of an award will submit an abstract of 100 words or less along with a recent photo of themselves (.jpg file) to GWIS Bulletin editor ([email protected]) as soon as the awards are announced. This will be used for publication purposes in the national GWIS quarterly publication The Bulletin and on the GWIS website.  Fellowships winners will also need to submit an abstract geared to non-scientists to be used for outreach and further promotion of GWIS activities
  • The recipient of the award will be expected to follow the main outline of the original proposal. If a major deviation from it is essential, approval must be obtained from the Fellowships Committee.
  • Be aware that Supplemental Documentation may be required:
    • If human or animal subjects are used, an in-house animal subjects committee must evaluate the work, and an approval from the committee must be included in the application. If approval is pending at the time of application, documentation of approval must be provided to the Fellowships Committee before an award will be made.
    • Research involving field collections must show evidence of the proper collecting permits. If approval is pending at the time of application, documentation of approval must be provided to the Fellowships Committee before an award will be made.
    • Research involving cooperation with scientists from other sites/laboratories must include evidence of this collaboration (i.e. a letter from the host scientist).

Fellowship funds may be used for such things as:

  • expendable supplies
  • small equipment to be used by the recipient (not for general use)
  • publication of research findings
  • travel and subsistence while performing field studies
  • travel to another laboratory for collaborative research
  • Undergraduate collaborators (up to 1/3 of total requested amount)

A maximum of $10,000 may be requested – any proposal requesting over $10,000 will be disqualified.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 11:59pm, Eastern Standard Time, on January 11, 2019. Applications for the 2019-2020 Fellowships is now open.

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If you have any questions contact the GWIS Fellowships Coordinator: [email protected]