Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce in education; health and medical sciences; science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM); or social sciences. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields.

Career Development Grants are open to women, including people who identify as women, who:

  • plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following program types:
    • Bachelor’s or associate degree program that is different from the field of study of the previously earned bachelor’s degree.
    • Master’s degree program.
    • Certification program.
    • Technical school.
  • plan to enroll or are enrolled in one of the following fields of study:
    • Education.
    • Health and Medical Sciences.
    • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
    • Social Sciences.

Career Development Grant funding is not available for the programs below:

  • Prerequisite coursework.
  • Professional degree in law (JD), business (MBA) or medicine (MD, DO).
  • Doctoral coursework or dissertations.


$2,000–$20,000. Funds are available for tuition, fees, books, supplies, local transportation and dependent care.

Annual Deadline

November 15 every year


Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents

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