We are looking for applicants in STEM who also have a strong background and commitment to equity, social justice, and public engagement. Applicants should propose research or outreach projects that align with the mission of 500 Women Scientists and are focused on increasing equity, inclusion, and social justice in STEM. Proposed projects can be: a) an expansion of an applicant’s ongoing/existing work, b) an expansion of existing 500 Women Scientists programs, or c) a creation of a new project/program.

Eligibility: Women of color who have completed, or are currently enrolled in, a STEM degree program at any level are eligible to apply. Applicants should be U.S. citizens or non-citizen residents in the U.S. during the fellowship term. 

An important goal of our fellowship is to increase diversity and inclusion in STEM leadership, particularly among underrepresented communities of color and we encourage women of color from backgrounds historically underrepresented and/or marginalized in leadership positions in their STEM discipline to apply. Our vision is to expand fellowship program eligibility beyond U.S. citizens and residents in future years. 

Note that program details are subject to change depending on available resources.


Application checklist

Your application must be submitted in full at one time—and we recommend having all required materials ready before proceeding to the application system. The deadline for receipt of an application, including receipt of letters of support, is September 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. Please check back later for a link to the application system.

CV or Resume (2 page maximum, uploaded as a PDF) highlighting your commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Video Summary (3 minutes maximum, uploaded as a .mp4 < 100 MB and can be in lower resolution if needed) that describes your proposed project and its potential impact to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, or social justice in STEM.

  • Note: The video should be less than 3 minutes, clearly audible, and you should be visible. Videos should be spoken in English or have English subtitles if in another language. Submissions will be evaluated on the quality of the content and ability for you to orally discuss your project, and not on the quality of videography (lights, audio, fancy cameras, or any special editing). 

Project Proposal (1 page maximum, 12 point font, single spaced, 1 inch margins, uploaded as a PDF) that describes: 

  • the problem the project addresses, project goals, and the community/communities who will benefit from the project; 

  • project implementation strategy and methods, including a timeline of how the project will be implemented in 2 years; 

  • expected outcomes and measures of success; 

  • how the project advances the mission of 500 Women Scientists

Project Budget Narrative (1 page maximum, 12 point font, single spaced, 1 inch margins, uploaded as a PDF) explaining and justifying how the available project funds ($1,000 per year) will be used, including having a table with line item breakdowns.

An example table to include for budget calculations

An example table to include for budget calculations


Two Letters of Support (each uploaded as a PDF) endorsing the suitability of the applicant for the Fellowship for the Future.

Ideal letters will highlight the attributes of the applicant in the context of what they have already accomplished in STEM and public outreach, as well as the applicant’s ability to inspire change towards diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. Letters of support can come from, but are not limited to, current/previous employers; mentors; mentees; community members who have been impacted by the applicant’s work; collaborators on the proposed or previous projects. Check back later for instructions on how letters of support should be submitted. Applicants will also input the name and email addresses of their letter writers on the application form.

Responses to the following short-answer questions (to be typed into the application form, each being < 250 words)

  1. How have your experiences as a woman of color influenced the creation of your project?

  2. What leadership and professional training from the Fellowship for the Future would help you as a woman of color in STEM and/or to execute your project?

  3. How will your participation in this fellowship help STEM become more accessible, diverse, inclusive and socially just in the future?