FAQ: Career and Leadership Development Grant

How are grants awarded?
Grants are awarded as reimbursements. Applicants may also be offered partial awards (i.e., not covering the full amount requested) due to limited grant funds. Paypal (https://www.paypal.com/us/home) will be used to reimburse awardees.

Do you have to be an AAUW member to apply for the grant?
No, you do not have to be an AAUW member to apply. However, AAUW members are also welcome to apply for the grant.

Is the grant open to applicants on islands other than O‘ahu?
Yes. Applicants from any of the Hawaiian Islands are welcome to apply.

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. 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, which is typically a month after the application due date. There is also no guarantee that applicants will be awarded grant funds. In these cases, it may be wise to apply for additional sources of funding, if possible.

How should per diems be calculated when submitting the itemized budget portion of the application?
Please refer to the following website as a guide for determining your per diem: https://www.federalpay.org/perdiem/2021

Will I receive an email confirmation after I have submitted my grant application?
Yes, you should receive an automated email shortly after submitting your application. This confirms your application has been received. If you submit your application but do not receive a confirmation, please email us. Otherwise, you will receive a decision from the committee via email on either November 15 or May 15, depending on the application cycle.

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, please be sure to explain in your application why/how attendance at the conference will be beneficial. 

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 basis. Groups may be asked to provide extra and/or different application materials than those that are listed online. If you are interested in applying on behalf of a group, please contact us before submitting an application.

Can I apply for funds for an activity that I have already completed?
No. Grant funds cannot be used for an activity that was completed 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 feedback on individual applications. However, all applicants are invited to apply again in the future, regardless of whether or not they are awarded a grant. 

Can the grant be used to conduct research?
No. The grant is not intended to fund data collection or any costs related to data collection. 

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 scholarships that we offer

Can grant funds be used to pay for standardized tests required for admissions, such as the GRE or LSAT?
No. Grant funds cannot be used for the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, or other similar exams.