FAQ: Career and Leadership Development Grant

Can AAUW members apply for the grant?

Yes. AAUW members are welcome to apply for the grant.

Is the grant open to applicants on islands other than Oahu?

Yes. Applicants from any of the Hawaiian Islands are welcome to apply.

Can the grant be used to conduct research that will later be presented at professional conferences?

No. The grant is not intended to fund data collection and must be used for attendance/presentations at conferences.

Do applicants need to demonstrate that their official state residency is in Hawai‘i?

No. When we ask if applicants reside in Hawai‘i, we are only asking if they are currently working and/or studying in Hawai‘i. To demonstrate this, applicants are only required to provide a Hawai‘i address on their application.

I am proposing an activity that will occur close to the application due date (September 15 and April 15 of each year) or before application decisions have been announced (October 15 and May 15 of each year). Can I still apply?

Yes, you are still welcome to apply. But please keep in mind that if you are selected as a grant recipient, funds will not be disbursed until after decisions have been announced (and therefore likely after you have attended your proposed activity). There is also no guarantee that applicants will be awarded grant funds, and so in these cases it may be wise to apply for additional sources of potential funding, if possible.

Will I receive an email confirmation after I have submitted my grant application?

No. After you have submitted your application via the AAUW Honolulu website, you should receive a confirmation that your form was submitted, but you will not receive an individual email.

Please feel free to email us if you would like to confirm that all of your application materials have been received.

Can I apply for a grant if I’ll be attending a conference, but not presenting?

Yes, you are welcome to apply even if you are not presenting at a conference. However, it will be important to use the application cover letter to explain in detail why/how attendance at the conference will benefit the attendee’s career.

Can an organization or several people apply for the grant together/as part of the same application?

Yes, groups are invited to apply for the grant. However, the eligibility of group applications is currently being determined on a case-by-case base. Groups may be asked to provide extra and/or different application materials than those that are listed online. If you are interested in applying as part of a group or on behalf of a group, please contact us prior to submitting an application.

Can I apply for funds for an activity that I have already complete?

No. Grant funds cannot be used retroactively, i.e. for an activity taking place prior to the application deadline.

If my application is not selected to receive a grant, will I receive feedback as to why?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide specific feedback on individual applications. However, applicants who do not receive grants are invited to apply again in the future.

Can grad students use the grant to pay for tuition or coursework for their degree?

No, grant funds cannot be used to support tuition or basic coursework toward a degree. For assistance with tuition costs, please consider applying for the academic scholarship we offer. 

Can grant funds be used to pay for standardized tests required for admissions, such as the GRE, MCAT, or LSAT?

No. Grant funds cannot be used for the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, or other similar exams.