History of Grants & Fellowships for Austin

The Austin Branch of AAUW is proud of the three categories of higher education awards, as well as branch & member awards, in Austin over the years:

Austin Branch Fellowships at the University of Texas at Austin

An endowment fund at the University of Texas was established with our first contribution of $1,100 in 1934. The Austin Branch has awarded fellowships yearly since 1985 to women doctoral candidates at The University of Texas at Austin.  Mildred Englert is the branch member who completed the endowment, and the Austin Branch contact is the UT Fellowship Chair.

Application information for doctoral candidates at the University of Texas at Austin is available at austin-tx.aauw.net/special-projects/fellowships/.

Recipients for the 2019-20 academic year are as follows:

  • Michaela Machicote     
    Jezebel by Another Name: The Criminalization of Black Women’s Bodies in Chicago
  • Amanda McClelland
    Classroom Working Alliance for Students with Disabilities: Differences Between Special Education and General Education Teachers and Association with Student Engagement
  • Samantha Simon         
    The Police Force: Gender, Race, and Use of Force Training in Police Academies
  • Lauren Smith 
    Identifying Factors of Parent Engagement in a School-based Mental Health Intervention
  • Carolina Vilas
    Defining the Cellular Recognition, Repair, and Mutagenicity of a Novel Inflammation-induced DNA Interstrand Cross-Link

A complete list of recipients at the University of Texas, Austin,  is available at https://austin-tx.aauw.net/aauw_austinbranch_graduatefellowships_utaustin_2019/

AAUW National Educational Foundation Grants and Educational Opportunities Fund Awards at the University of Texas at Austin

All funds for AAUW grants come from contributions from members and the public.
Awardees are selected by selected panels from a pool of applicants from around the world.

For information about AAUW’s six fellowships and grants and our alumnae, see also
https://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/ .

Recipients for the current academic year (2019-20) are as follows:

COMMUNITY ACTION GRANTS:   Girls Empowerment Network and Girlstart


Kimberly Canuette Grimaldi (Contemporary Arabic and Persian literature)
Bahar Jalali (Women’s Studies)
Elizabeth Picherit  (Language & Literature)

A complete list of past recipients is available at https://austin-tx.aauw.net/aauw_nationalgrants_at-ut-austin_2019/

Directory of Fellowship and Grant Recipients for National AAUW (starting with 2004-05) is also available and searchable online by name, year, state, etc., at  https://www.aauw.org/aauw_check/fellowships_directory/ .

Austin Branch Local Scholarships and Awards

Upon the completion of the UT Fellowship endowment, Austin Branch started providing funds for other local schools and projects, including scholarships for women students at St. Edward’s University, Huston-Tillotson University, and Austin Community College (ACC).

The AAUW/Frances Malmberg Endowed Scholarship in the Austin Community College Foundation was made possible in 2004 by branch member Frances Malmberg’s legacy. This endowed scholarship is available to assist 25-year old-or older female students enrolled at ACC. Information on how to apply is available at

The Frances Malmberg scholarship recipients for the academic year (2019-20) are
Jessica Choate and Clessie Hilliard.  Each student was awarded $2100.

Here is a complete list of Frances Malmberg scholarship recipients, along with other historical branch/member awards (including annual recognition with “Named Gifts“).