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.

***   Fellowship applications for 2020-2021 school year ****

AAUW Austin Branch will award a minimum of 3 fellowships this year, each in the amount of at least $2,000 to female doctoral candidates. Deadline for submission: 5:00 PM CST on Monday, 23 March, 2020. Announcement of awards will be made by 24 April , 2020.

Final Fellowship Instructions 2020-2021

Fellowship application 2020-2021

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

Twenty-seven doctoral candidates from a broad range of disciplines at the University of Texas submitted applications for the AAUW fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year. The scholarship committee, consisting of Elizabeth Newell, Janet Widoff, 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 $3,100 each. These recipients were announced and introduced at our annual May branch meeting 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.

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