Funding and Grants

The following organisations provide funding and grants to assist the advancement of women in science and engineering careers:

National Science Foundation (NSF) - USA
ADVANCE: Increasing the Participation and Advancement of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Careers

The goal of the ADVANCE program is to develop systemic approaches to increase the representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Creative strategies to realize this goal are sought from women and men.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Community Action Grants provide seed money to individual women, AAUW branches and AAUW state organizations, as well as local community-based nonprofit organizations for innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.

Netherland Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) - NL

Aerts Poster Prize

Aspasia program

The programme's primary objective is to help a greater number of women lecturers in attaining p

ositions as senior lecturers. As from 2005 Aspasia has been linked to the Innovational Research Incentives Scheme (Vernieuwingsimp

uls): women apply for a Vidi or Vici grant (see and, yearly, around 20 Aspasia premiums are made available to University Boards that ensure that women Vidi and Vici laureates are promoted to senior lecturers or professors within a year after subsidy is awarded.




L'Oreal awards and fellowships for women in science - International
Since 1998, L'Oreal and UNESCO have combined to promote women in scientific research.

Maria Mitchell Association - USA
The Women in Science Award of the Maria Mitchell Association will recognize an individual who has worked to increase the participation and advancement of girls and/or women in science and mathematics.


Rosalind Franklin

Royal Society Rosalind Franklin award - UK
This award is funded by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS) as part of its effort to promote women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). It is open to both men and women,in their mid-career, and all nominees are asked to put forward a proposal for a project that would raise the profile of women in STEM in their host institution and/or field of expertise in the UK.