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The Best Graduate Scholarships for Women (33 Really Fantastic Awards)

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Cherry-Picked Scholarships for Graduate Women

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Getting accepted into a graduate degree program is exciting! However the cost of it is a little…less exciting.

Thankfully:

Student loans aren’t your only option for covering tuition. There are a vast number of scholarships and grants that can help you pay for graduate school costs. Some of these opportunities are specifically for women and, as such, only accept applications from female applicants.

To help save you some time, I’ve put together a list of graduate school scholarships for women. All the deadlines are up to date and current for 2023!

Graduate School Scholarships for Women


MPOWER Women in STEM Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000 – $6,000
  • Deadline: Jan. 15th

Eligibility: Be accepted to or enrolled in a full-time degree program at a U.S. or Canadian school and be an international student. For U.S. applicants, you must have a valid visa that permits study in the U.S., be protected under DACA, and be a U.S. Permanent resident. For Canadian applicants, you must be a Canadian permanent resident and have a valid Canadian study permit.

Submit: Online application, essay of 500 words or less, and resume.

Society of Women Engineers Upperclassmen Scholarships

  • Award: $1,000 – $10,000
  • Deadline: Feb. 1st

Eligibility: The SWE’s Scholarship Program is open to both SWE members and non-members; however, some of the scholarships do require SWE membership. Upperclassmen scholarships are open to sophomore undergraduates through PhD students who identify as a woman, have a 3.0 GPA or higher, and are planning to attend full-time (exceptions are made for reentry and non-traditional applicants).

Undergraduate/community college applicants must be planning to study an ABET-accredited program in engineering, technology, or computing. Masters and PhD candidates must be enrolled or accepted at a school with ABET-accredited programs in engineering, computing, or technology.

Submit: Online application, unofficial transcripts, resume, and 2 references.

Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Graduate Scholarship

  • Award: $10,000
  • Deadline: Feb. 3rd

Eligibility: Open to qualified minority and female students or student-athletes at an active NCAA member institution. Must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and be at least in their final season of NCAA athletics eligibility or will not be using any remaining athletics eligibility. Must also be seeking admission or have been accepted into a sports administration or other graduate program that will assist the applicant in obtaining a career in intercollegiate athletics.

Submit: Online application, official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.

Chronic Boss Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: Feb. 17th

Eligibility: Open to high school through graduate students. Must be a woman, have one or more autoimmune conditions, and have an entrepreneurial spirit.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay.

Gertrude M. Cox Scholarships

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: Feb. 23rd

Eligibility: Application is limited to women who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada and who are admitted to full-time study in a graduate statistics program by July 1 of the award year. Women in or entering the early stages of graduate training (MS or PhD) are especially encouraged to apply.

Submit: Online application, CV, personal essay, three letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, and a headshot.

KnowBe4 Women in Cybersecurity Scholarship

  • Award: $10,000
  • Deadline: Feb. 28th

Eligibility: Must be female; pursuing, or plan to pursue, a degree with a focus on cybersecurity, information assurance, or similar field; have a 3.2 GPA or higher; and be an undergraduate freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate student. Ph.D. students are not eligible.

Submit: Online application. unofficial transcripts, letter of recommendation, and your resume/CV.

(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships

  • Award: $1,000 – $5,000
  • Deadline: Feb. 28th

Eligibility: Must be pursuing, or plan to pursue, a degree with a focus on cybersecurity, information assurance, or similar field; have a 3.3 GPA or higher; and be a senior in high school, an undergraduate student, graduate, or post graduate student to be eligible.

Submit: Online application. unofficial transcripts, letter of recommendation, and your resume/CV.

(ISC)² Graduate Scholarships

  • Award: $1,000 – $5,000
  • Deadline: Feb. 28th

Eligibility: Must be pursuing, or plan to pursue, a Master’s degree program or doctoral studies with a focus on cybersecurity or information assurance and have a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Submit: Online application, unofficial transcripts, letter of recommendation, and your resume/CV.

NY Grace Legendre Endowment Fellowship

  • Award: $1,500 – $2,000
  • Deadline: Feb. 28th

Eligibility: Must be a woman who is a U.S. Citizen, lives in New York state, has a Bachelor’s degree, be currently enrolled in graduate studies at a college or university in New York, show evidence for financial need, and have an anticipated graduation year no later than 2025.

Submit: Most recent official undergraduate and graduate transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a one-page statement on why you should receive the award.

Elvira Alonso Soto Hispanic Women in Architecture Scholarship

  • Award: $9,325
  • Deadline: March 14th

Eligibility: Must be female, Hispanic, and studying architecture.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay.

Financial Women of San Francisco Scholarship

  • Award: $15,000
  • Deadline: March 20th

Eligibility: Open to women pursuing careers in the fields of accounting, finance and/or the financial services industry. Must be enrolled at a college or university in the Bay Area (CA).

Submit: Online application, your resume, an essay up to 750 words, unofficial transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and a current photo.

Women in Defense Scholar Program

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: March 27th

Eligibility: Open to women currently enrolled or expected to be enrolled in a college or university by the fall of 2023. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.25, be a U.S. Citizen, demonstrate interest in pursuing a career related to national security or defense, and must be majoring in one of the fields of study listed here.

Submit: Online application, proof of U.S. Citizenship, current transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a 500-word essay, and your resume.

Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship Program

  • Award: $1,500
  • Deadline: March 31st

Eligibility: Applicants must self-identify as a Chicana and/or Latina and be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or community college in one of the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, San Francisco, Sonoma, or Yolo. Must have lived at least two (2) years in one of the above Northern California counties at the time of application.

Graduate students must be enrolled as graduate/professional students completing course/thesis/dissertation or have been accepted into graduate/profession school; and a cumulative GPA of 2.7 for college coursework.

Submit: Online application, current unofficial college transcripts, one letter of recommendation, and your resume or CV.

Women in Technology Scholarship

  • Award: $500
  • Deadline: April 1st

Eligibility: Must be a female-identifying student who is studying a technology related program.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay.

WIIT Student Scholarships

  • Award: $1,500
  • Deadline: April. 1st

Eligibility: Applicants must identify as female and be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university or college, either full-time or part-time. Applicants must be Juniors or Seniors in undergraduate or enrolled in graduate studies. The scholarships are meant to support and encourage women to study International Trade and Global Development.

Submit: Online application, and an essay or academic paper from current classwork between five and ten pages.

Saswati Gupta Cancer Research Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: April 6th

Eligibility: Must be a female student enrolled in a Medicine or Biology related graduate program.

Submit: 250 – 300 word essay.

Alicea Sperstad Rural Writer Scholarship

  • Award: $500
  • Deadline: April 10th

Eligibility: Any female high school senior, two or four-year undergraduate, or graduate student who is interested in becoming a writer may apply.

Submit: your application on time.

National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Scholarship Program

  • Award: $1,000 – $15,000
  • Deadline: April 15th

Eligibility: Must be a member of NBNA and currently enrolled in a nursing program (B.S.N., A.D., Diploma or L.P.N./ L.V.N. Masters, and Doctoral).

Submit: Online application, official transcripts, up to 500 word essay, two letters of recommendation, current headshot, resume/CV, and a letter from the registrar confirming enrollment and expected graduation date.

CREW Network Foundation Scholarships

  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: April 15th

Eligibility: Applicants must be female or identify as female; a full-time junior, senior or graduate student; have a 3.0 GPA or higher; and have a study of focus in one or more of CREW Network’s Qualified Fields of Commercial Real Estate.

Submit: Online application, essay response, two letters of recommendation, and official transcripts.

EFWA Graduate Scholarships

  • Award: $1,000 – $2,500
  • Deadline: April 30th

Eligibility: Open to female US citizens attending accredited US schools pursuing an accounting degree who demonstrate financial need.

Submit: Online application, letters of reference, and current transcripts.

Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship

  • Award: $500
  • Deadline: April 30th

Eligibility: The scholarship is open to students at any educational level and field of study. The only application requirement is that students are women who intend to enter a technical or non-technical career that leverages technology to make the world a better place.

Submit: 250 – 400 word essay.

The Aritzia Scholarship

  • Award: $5,000
  • Deadline: May 6th

Eligibility: Open to those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, or two-spirit; are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate school in the United States; and study, plan to work in, or demonstrate a commitment to the fields of fashion design, retail management, mental health, or social justice advocacy.

Submit: Online application, essay questions, letter of recommendation, and most recent transcripts.

She Rose Initiative’s “More Than a Conqueror” Scholarship

  • Award: $500
  • Deadline: May 22nd

Eligibility: Any female African American undergraduate or graduate student with a minimum 3.0 GPA who is pursuing STEM, healthcare, public health, or medicine may apply if she has been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.

Submit: 400 – 600 word essay.

Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship

  • Award: $4,000
  • Deadline: June 10th

Eligibility: Open to those who identify as lesbian and plan to attend a college or university in the United States (including graduate school) in the fall.

Submit: Online application, three essay questions, one letter of recommendations, and most recent transcripts.

NWSA Women of Color Award

  • Award: $500
  • Deadline: June 15th

Eligibility: Open to women of color who are current National Women’s Studies Association members and currently enrolled in a graduate or a professional program. Recent recipients of a terminal degree are also eligible to apply.

Submit: Online application, manuscript of no more than 12,000 words, and one letter of recommendation.

NWSA Graduate Scholarship

  • Award: $1,000
  • Deadline: July 1st

Eligibility: Open to students who, in the fall of the year of the award, will be engaged in the research or writing stages of a Master’s Thesis or Ph.D. Dissertation in the interdisciplinary field of women’s studies. This opportunity is open to current National Women’s Studies Association members.

Submit: Online application, one-page CV, and one letter of recommendation.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Scholarship

  • Award: up to $5,000
  • Deadline: Aug. 1st

Eligibility: Must be a woman, at least 17 years of age; a mother with minor children; pursuing a degree at a not-for-profit, accredited institution or program in the U.S.; and be low-income.

Submit: Online application, most recent transcripts, and a personal statement.

WIIT Student Scholarships

  • Award: $1,500
  • Deadline: Nov. 1st

Eligibility: Applicants must identify as female and be currently enrolled at an accredited U.S. university or college, either full-time or part-time. Applicants must be Juniors or Seniors in undergraduate or enrolled in graduate studies. The scholarships are meant to support and encourage women to study International Trade and Global Development.

Submit: Online application, and an essay or academic paper from current classwork between five and ten pages.

AAUW Career Development Grants

  • Award: $2,000 – $20,000
  • Deadline: Nov. 15th

Eligibility: Applicants must be women who hold an earned (not honorary) bachelor’s degree received on or before June 30, 2015, and do not hold an earned (not honorary) graduate or professional degree. Must plan to enroll or are enrolled in a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program in one of the following fields of study: education, health, and medical sciences, or social sciences. 

Submit: Online application and letter of recommendation.

AAUW International Fellowships

  • Award: $20,000 – $50,000
  • Deadline: Nov. 15th

Eligibility: The program provides support for women pursuing full-time graduate or postdoctoral study in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents and who intend to return to their home country to pursue a professional career. Applicants must hold an academic degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree completed by November 15, 2022.

Submit: Online application, three letters of recommendation, proof of highest degree, proof of English proficiency, and proof of current enrollment at an accredited college or university.

P.E.O. Scholar Awards

  • Award: $20,000
  • Deadline: Nov. 20th

Eligibility: A woman is eligible for nomination by a P.E.O. local chapter if she: is a citizen or legal permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada; at a minimum, has a bachelor’s degree; is within two years of her graduation date and has at least one full academic year of work remaining to complete her doctoral-level degree.

Those in a multiple-degree program (e.g., pursuing both an M.D. and a Ph.D.) must be within two years of completing the entire program from that date.

Submit: Online application, three letters of recommendation, essay proposal, and most recent transcripts.

AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships

  • Award: $20,000
  • Deadline: Dec. 1st

Eligibility: Open to women who intend to pursue a full-time course of study at accredited U.S. institutions during the fellowship year in one of the designated degree programs where women’s participation traditionally has been low. Including the following master’s programs: architecture, computer science, engineering, and mathematics/statistics. 

Fellowships in the following degree programs are restricted to women of color who have been underrepresented in these fields: master’s in business administration, law, and doctorate in medicine.

Submit: Online application, three letters of recommendation, most recent transcripts, and essay proposal.

Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program

  • Award: Up to $42,000
  • Deadline: Dec. 14th

Eligibility: Open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are pursuing or intend to pursue a masters or doctoral-level degree in oceanography, marine biology, or maritime archaeology—this can include, but is not limited to, ocean and/or coastal: engineering, social science, marine education, marine stewardship, and resource management disciplines. 3.3 GPA or higher.

Submit: Online application, official transcripts, program reports, statement of intent, and letters of recommendation.

AWWA Jacobs Holly A. Cornell Scholarship

  • Award: $10,000
  • Deadline: Dec. 20th

Eligibility: Open to AWWA members who are female and/or minority students pursuing advanced training as a graduate student in the field of water supply and treatment.

Submit: Online application and three letters of reference,

Graduate Scholarships for Women Recap Table

ScholarshipAwardDeadline
MPOWER Women In STEM Scholarship$1,000 - $6,000Jan. 15th
Society Of Women Engineers Upperclassmen Scholarships$1,000 - $10,000Feb. 1st
Ethnic Minority and Women’s Enhancement Graduate Scholarship$10,000Feb. 3rd
Chronic Boss Scholarship$1,000Feb. 17th
Gertrude M. Cox Scholarships$1,000Feb. 23rd
KnowBe4 Women In Cybersecurity Scholarship$10,000Feb. 28th
(ISC)² Women’s Cybersecurity Scholarships$1,000 - $5,000Feb. 28th
(ISC)² Graduate Scholarships$1,000 - $5,000Feb. 28th
NY Grace Legendre Endowment Fellowship$1,500 - $2,500Feb. 28th
Elvira Alonso Soto Hispanic Women in Architecture Scholarship$9,325March 14th
Financial Women Of San Francisco Scholarship$15,000March 20th
Women In Defense Scholar Program$1,000March 27th
Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarship Program$1,500March 31st
Women In Technology Scholarship$500April 1st
WIIT Student Scholarships$1,500April 1st
Saswati Gupta Cancer Research Scholarship$1,000April 6th
Alicea Sperstad Rural Writer Scholarship$500April 10th
National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) Scholarship Program$1,000 - $15,000April 15th
CREW Network Foundation Scholarships$5,000April 15th
EFWA Graduate Scholarships$1,000 - $2,500April 30th
Elevate Women In Technology Scholarship$500April 30th
The Aritzia Scholarship$5,000May 6th
She Rose Initiative’s “More Than A Conqueror” Scholarship$500May 22nd
Traub-Dicker Rainbow Scholarship$4,000June 10th
NWSA Women Of Color Award$500June 15th
NWSA Graduate Scholarship$1,000July 1st
Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation ScholarshipUp to $5,000Aug. 1st
WIIT Student Scholarships$1,500Nov. 1st
AAUW Career Development Grants$2,500 - $20,000Nov. 15th
AAUW International Fellowships$20,000 - $50,000Nov. 15th
P.E.O. Scholar Awards$20,000Nov. 20th
AAUW Selected Professions Fellowships$20,000Dec. 1st
Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship ProgramUp to $42,000Dec. 14th
AWWA Jacobs Holly A. Cornell Scholarship$10,000Dec. 20th

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Wrapping up with scholarships for women in graduate school

So that concludes the list of graduate school scholarships for women. Those are all the ones I could find that are being offered this year.

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