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Program Description

The Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) National Fellowship Program helps fund research in the natural sciences and promotes academic and professional careers for women in science. Endowment funds, mostly generated from bequests, provide the annual income that supports scientific research conducted by GWIS fellowship winners. For the 2019-2020 funding cycle, we distributed $50,000 in research awards to seven outstanding women scientists. Since 2008, we have awarded nearly $750,000 in research awards.

The fellowships are known as the Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE) Adele Lewis Grant, Eloise Gerry, Vessa Notchev, Jean Langenheim, Monique Braude, Nell Mondy, Elizabeth Weisburger, Hartley Corporation, Ariel C. Hollinshead, and Centennial Fellowships. The highest scoring SDE Fellowship designee shall be recognized as the Adele Lewis Grant/SDE Fellowship Winner and the second-highest scoring designee shall be known as the Hartley Corporation Fellowship Winner. The funds available in any one year shall be the income from and contributions to the endowment accounts. The amount thus varies from year to year. The Fellowships Committee reserves the right to make no awards if no satisfactory applicants present themselves. The program is not bound by any estimates indicated in this description.

Click here to learn more about each of the fellowship funds and the remarkable scientists who they are named for.



Applications for the 2020-2021 National Fellowship Program will be available in late October. GWIS uses an online website to conduct the annual National Fellowship Program selection process.  The online application portal will be open soon. Review our online application portal user instructions here. The deadline for all application materials, including letters of recommendation is January 12, 2021 at 5:00:00 pm Eastern Time. The application must be received on or before the deadline date and time. 


NOTE: The application must be received on or before the deadline date and time. We are not responsible for issues associated with increased website traffic. Late applications will not be accepted.

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  • 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 hypothesis-driven 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.

  • Application for the GWIS Fellowship Program is offered at no cost to current GWIS members as a member benefit. For non-members, an application processing fee of $50 is required. Fellowship applicants that are not already GWIS members must pay the application fee by the application deadline(click here to join). Please note that membership approval can take up to 48 hours, so if you want to become a GWIS member, please do so at least one week before the fellowship deadline.

  • Financial need of research funding is a requirement for the application. Project that has already been fully funded by another agency or organization will be ineligible. Applicants must indicate on the application form all pending funding sources as reviewers will consider these factors when assessing the financial need of the project. If, at any point, the applicant accepts another award prior to being notified of the application status with the GWIS Fellowship Program, the applicant should immediately notify the program (  


 Applicants may propose research projects up to 12 month. The fellowship may not be renewed. The period of the award is one academic year (July 1st through June 30th).


  • The funding period of the award is one academic year (July 1st through June 30th). Recipients are not eligible for awards in subsequent years, though they may submit applications that include a significantly different proposal 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 fellow will be the one conducting the work, rather than using the funding to support someone conducting work for them (e.g. the funds may not be used by a professor to support a graduate student).

  • The fellowship recipient will submit an abstract of 100 words or less along with a recent photo of themselves (.jpg file) to GWIS Bulletin editor ( 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. The fellows will also submit an abstract written for general audience to be used for outreach and further promotion of GWIS activities.

  • The fellowship recipient will maintain satisfactory progress in the conduct of proposed research. If a major deviation from the project is essential, approval must be obtained from the Fellowships Committee.

  • If for any reason the fellowship recipient is unable to initiate or complete the project, unexpended funds will be returned to GWIS.

  • 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 prior to the start of the funding period. 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 prior to the start of the funding period.

  • At the end of the fellowship period, a one-page progress report and the annual expense report must be sent to the past president by the end of the fellowship period (no later than May 15th). The fellowship recipient’s supervisor must sign both documents. Any abstracts or reprints resulting from the proposed project must accompany the progress report. Please send both documents to If the research extends beyond one year, submission of an annual progress report acceptable to the Fellowships Committee is required.

  • Acknowledgement of support from GWIS is requested in pertinent publications, oral presentations and on the fellow’s curriculum vitae.


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

  • Fellowship funds may be used for such things as:

  • expendable supplies

  • small equipment to be used by 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 the total requested amount)

  • study subjects' compensation

These costs associated with the project must be integral to the research design and is clearly justified in the proposal and budget justification.

  • Funds cannot be used for the following:

  • salaries

  • tuition

  • child care

  • travel to professional meetings or to begin a new appointment

  • travel to another institution for course work

  • training or workshop

  • administrative overhead or indirect costs

  • tablets, laptops, and personal computers

  • living allowances

  • equipment for general use 


You can find detailed instructions and link to the application here. Make sure to check out the FAQ section before you apply.



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