Fellowships for Doctoral Candidates 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.  Contributions were made to this fund over a period of years, until the endowment reached sufficient size to support awarding of annual fellowships.  Mildred Englert is the branch member whose donation completed the endowment.  The Austin Branch has awarded graduate fellowships yearly since 1985 to women who are doctoral candidates at The University of Texas at Austin.  Beginning with the 1985-1986 academic year, ninety (90) women have received fellowships from our branch, to financially assist them in completing the final year of their doctoral studies.

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AAUW Austin Branch will award a minimum of 3 fellowships this year, each in the amount of at least $2,000 to female do9ctoral candidates. Deadline for submission: 5:00 PM CST on Monday, 25 March, 2019. Announcement of awards will be made by 18 April , 2019.

Fellowship Instructions 2019-2020

Fellowship Application 2019-2020

A complete list of UT Austin Doctoral fellowship recipients is up-to-date and available at

Twenty-three doctoral candidates from a broad range of disciplines at the University of Texas submitted applications for the AAUW fellowships for the 2016-2017 academic year. The scholarship committee, consisting of Ruth Rubio, Mary Ellen Scribner, Jean Bessent, and Joyce Pulich, reviewed the students’ applications, statements, references and academic credentials. The committee members agreed that the applications were exceptional and the choice was difficult. After careful consideration, they selected five women to receive awards of $2,400 each. These recipients were announced and introduced at our annual May branch meeting as follows:

  • Kalli Doubleday from the Geography and Environment Department is researching tiger conservation in India.
  • Rebecca Macmillan from the English Department explores the work of contemporary North American women who are poets and scholars.
  • Emily Roehl from American Studies examines photography concerned with the extraction of unconventional oil through hydraulic fracturing or “tough oil.”
  • Rose Salseda from the Art & Art History Department is working on the visual art legacy of the 1992 Los Angeles riots.
  • Rachel Wright in Cell and Molecular Biology is researching climate change-related threats to coral reefs.

For information about fellowships and grants available from AAUW National, visit www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/.