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The GWIS National Fellowships Program is proud to offer fellowships in 2020 to help increase knowledge in the natural 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 GWIS award winners. For the 2019-2020 funding cycle, we distributed approximately $50,000 in fellowships funds to seven deserving women scientists.


The Fellowships are known as the Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE), Eloise Gerry, Ethel K. Allen, Vessa Notchev, Jean Langenheim, Monique Braude, Nell I. Mondy Fellowships, Elizabeth Weisburger, and Hartley Corporation. The highest scoring SDE Fellowships designee shall be known as the Adele Lewis Grant/SDE Fellowships winner and the second-highest scoring designee shall be known as the Hartley Corporation/SDE Fellowships 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. 


2020 - 2021 Funding Cycle

Applications for the 2020 – 2021 Fellowships will be available in late October. The deadline for all applications will be January 11, 2021.



  • 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)

These costs must be clearly justified in the proposal and integral to the research design.

  • 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 coursework
    • living allowances
    • equipment for general use
    • laptops and/or personal computers
    • indirect costs
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