500 Women Scientists is launching a new fellowship to recognize and amplify the crucial role of women of color in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). We consider this fellowship necessary for supporting environments where women from all backgrounds can thrive in STEM, and to help build a future in which equity, inclusion, and social justice are integrated into STEM communities. We consider this fellowship necessary, in other words, to support the future.

Our fellowship will be awarded to women of color who are leading current projects or launching new ones in line with our organization’s mission: Making science more open, inclusive, and accessible. In addition to supporting their projects, this fellowship program provides mentorship opportunities and leadership training to awardees.

For more information on this program contact us at fellowship@500womenscientists.org.

 

To support 500 Women Scientists’ Fellowship for the Future, become a donor. Your tax-deductible donation helps us to grow our organization and realize our mission.

 

Become a Founding MeMber

Founding members are individuals who donate $1,000 or more. At this gift level:

  • The first 50 Founding Members receive a ticket (valued at $250) to a launch dinner with the first cohort of awardees.

  • You can nominate a woman of color in STEM for whom 500 Women Scientists will create or improve a Wikipedia entry as part of the Wikiproject: Women Scientists initiative.

  • You receive public recognition on the 500 Women Scientists website (option to remain anonymous).

  • You receive a personalized, 500 Women Scientists donor card, conference badge ribbons, and digital supporter badge for your website.

Become an advocate

Founding Advocates are supporters who donate $500 up to $1,000. At this gift level:

  • You receive public recognition on the 500 Women Scientists website (option to remain anonymous)

  • You receive a personalized, 500 Women Scientists donor card and digital supporter badge for your website.

Become a champion

Founding Champions are supporters who donate up to $500. At this gift level:

  • You receive public recognition on the 500 Women Scientists website (option to remain anonymous)

  • You receive a digital supporter badge for your website


endow a fellowship or become a corporate sponsor

Please contact us at: fellowship@500womenscientists.org


Our goal is to raise $100,000. With this amount we will be able to launch the first cohort in Fall 2020 and ensure support of a second cohort in Fall 2021.

 Our first cohort will launch in the Fall of 2020. Stay tuned for application details!

Historically, women—especially women of color—often play an outsized role in mentorship, service, and outreach in science, while not necessarily being professionally acknowledged and provided the resources needed to maximize the impacts of their leadership. 500 Women Scientists, as part of our commitment to recognizing the role that women of color have in science, will elevate their voices as part of our mission to make science more open, inclusive, and accessible.

As we have written before, to combat the institutional barriers and biases that push different groups of women out of science, we cannot just focus on gender in science without explicitly addressing other forms of privilege and inequality. White men and women each comprise approximately 30 percent of the U.S. population, but white men hold 49 percent of science and engineering occupations compared to 18 percent of white women. The statistics are shockingly low for black and Hispanic women, who make up 7 percent and 8 percent of the population respectively, but hold only 2 percent of science and engineering occupations; worse still is that these numbers are not improving in most STEM fields, and have remained flat or are even declining in fields like engineering, physical sciences, and computer sciences.

FOUNDING MEMBERS

  • Kim Cobb, Georgia Power Chair, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Margaret McFall-Ngai, PhD, NAS, Director and Professor, Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Founding Advocates

Founding CHAMPIONS

  • Anonymous Donor