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. Since 2008, we have awarded nearly $750,000 in research awards.

Who can apply?

Women who hold at least a bachelor’s degree and who are actively performing research. GWIS membership is preferred.

For more eligibility information, please click here.

When are applications due?

Applications for the ] National Fellowship Program will be available in late October. GWIS uses an online website to conduct the annual National Fellowship Program selection process. The deadline for all application materials, including letters of recommendation is in early January. The application must be received on or before the deadline date and time.

What is required for an application?

The application is based on an original research proposal, supporting documentation (as in human or animal research), a proposed budget and justification, and two letters of recommendation. Non-GWIS members must submit a $50 application fee.

More information about the specific fellowships, an application, and guidelines for submissions can be found on the national website.

If you have questions about the fellowships, send an email to

A list of past Madison Chapter fellowship recipients may be found here.