Women in Physics Group Grants

The APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP) offers grants to women in physics (WiP) groups at US colleges and universities. The purpose of these grants is to support the CSWP mission of recruiting and retaining women in physics at the undergraduate level. WiP groups are uniquely able to address this mission locally by encouraging and supporting the participation of women in their departments.

Rules and eligibility

Eligible applicants and activities

Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply on behalf of their college or university’s WiP group. The group’s faculty advisor must be an American Physical Society (APS) member. The grant can be used to start a WiP group or enhance an existing one.

Ways to use the grant to further a WiP group:

  • Visit a local high school classroom to talk about physics
  • Set up a research expo, poster session, or guest lecture
  • Implement a book club or journal club
  • Coordinate with other STEM advocacy groups on joint events
  • Plan other creative ways to engage women in physics

Grant money can be applied toward networking events, mentoring meetups, career workshops, lab tours, field trips, and similar initiatives. Be sure to mention how your plans are well-suited to the type and size of your department. Preference will be given to proposals that show high potential for sustainability after the grant term ends.

Funding cannot be used for travel support to meetings or scholarships for individual students.

Grant terms

The terms for each WiP grant are as follows:

  • Group leaders must complete the 10-minute survey once while applying for the grant, and again at the end of each academic year.
  • Funds will be distributed as one lump sum to a group account to be used within a one or two year period ending on October 31.
  • Grant money cannot be used to cover university overhead or indirect costs.
  • A brief report on activities and expenditures is required at the end of each term. A template for the report will be provided by APS. Send the report to the APS Women in Physics team and copy your department chair.
  • Groups will acknowledge APS support on websites, social media, and event flyers.

Process and selection

Application materials

To apply for a Women in Physics Group grant, please prepare and submit the following materials in one PDF:

  1. Include a cover sheet with the applicant’s name, address, phone number, and email. The cover sheet should also include the names of your WiP group, department, and college/university; your faculty advisor’s name, address, phone number, and email; the total amount of funding requested, and whether your group is recognized as a student organization by the department or college/university.
  2. If you applying as part of an existing WiP group, please also include a list of group officers and whether they are APS members, the date the group was established, and your estimate of the current membership and/or event participation on your cover sheet.
  3. Your application should also include a brief summary (one page or less) of the leadership structure of your group, including each position’s responsibilities and how leadership is transferred.
  4. You will also need to include a narrative description (up to two pages) that lists the activities of your group, how these reflect the goals of the WiP program, and the impact on your campus.
  5. Please also submit a budget sheet (one page) that lists the funding amount(s) requested and a short justification for each amount (e.g., “We request $200 to provide refreshments for our scientific journals club. Our monthly meetings average about 10 participants.”)
  6. You will also need to provide a letter of support from a faculty advisor, who is also an APS member.
  7. Additionally, you should also submit a letter of support from your department chair, if different from the faculty advisor, addressing how the department will help sustain the program.
  8. If your institution does not currently have a WiP group, please also submit your plan to become an official student organization recognized by your institution.

You will submit the PDF with these materials online after taking an application pre-survey and filling out an application form. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.

Selection criteria

The following factors will be considered:

  • How well the proposal fits the grant’s stated purpose
  • Potential impact of creating a new group or expanding your existing group
  • Focus on diversity and inclusion for students of all backgrounds
  • Footprint of the group (number of members in the group, and those impacted by outreach efforts)
  • Quality, creativity, and likelihood for success

Preference is given to those that have not received previous support from a WiP Group Grant.

Establishment and support

To support the recruitment and retention of women in physics, the APS Committee on the Status of Women in Physics offers Women in Physics group grants to create and strengthen Women in Physics groups across the US, as well as around the world. Women in Physics strives to help students develop their scientific communities, reduce isolation, and find mentors and advocates.

US WiP groups

The following WiP groups in the USmay serve as a resource for others seeking to start such communities:

















New Jersey

New York

North Carolina









  • Women Interested in Science and Physics at Virginia Military Institute


Groups advancing women in physics around the world

Many groups are working to improve gender equality in physics globally. Groups around the world that address the under-representation of women in physics include:


Asia Pacific









  • Equal Opportunities Committee, Società Italiana di Fisica




For more information about WiP groups or about the Women in Physics Group Grants, contact the APS Women in Physics team.

The membership of APS is diverse and global, and the nominees and recipients of APS Honors should reflect that diversity so that all are recognized for their impact on our community. Nominations of members belonging to groups traditionally underrepresented in physics, such as women, LGBT+ scientists, scientists who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), disabled scientists, scientists from institutions with limited resources, and scientists from outside the United States, are especially encouraged.

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