To create an environment where women from all backgrounds can thrive and be supported in STEM, and to help build a future in which equity, inclusion, and social justice are integrated into STEM, 500 Women Scientists is launching a new fellowship to recognize and support the crucial role of trailblazing women of color in STEM.

Our fellowship supports self-identifying women who are leading current projects or launching new ones in line with our organization’s mission to make science more open, inclusive, and accessible. In addition to supporting their projects, this fellowship program will provide mentorship opportunities and leadership training to awardees.

To support 500 Women Scientist’s Fellowship for the Future:

Become a Founding Forty MeMber (>$1,000 gift)

“Founding Forty” members are the first 40 self-identifying women in STEM who donate to the 500 Women Scientist’s Fellowship for the Future.

  • Ticket to launch dinner with first cohort of awardees (first 40 donors)

  • Have 500 Women Scientists compose or improve your Wikipedia entry or an existing entry for another woman in STEM as part of the Wikiproject: Women Scientists initiative (optional).

  • Public Recognition on 500 Women Scientist website (option to remain anonymous)

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

Become a Founding ally (>$1,000 gift)

“Founding Forty” allies are all other early supporters of the Fellowship for the Future.

  • Public Recognition on 500 Women Scientist website (option to remain anonymous)

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

Become a FOUNDING supporter ($500-$1000))

  • Public Recognition on 500 Women Scientist website (option to remain anonymous)

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

Interested in endowing a fellowship or becoming a corporate sponsor? Please contact us at: info@500womenscientists.org


Our goal is to raise $80,000 between Fall 2018 to Summer 2019. With this amount we will be able to launch the first cohort in Fall 2019 and ensure support of a second cohort in Fall 2020.

 Our first cohort will launch in the Fall of 2019. 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.