P.E.O. Scholar Awards



Location (s):

  • Canada
  • United States of America


The P.E.O. Scholar Awards (PSA) program was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the United States and Canada who are pursuing a doctoral level degree at an accredited college or university.


The P.E.O. Scholar Awards are one-time, competitive, merit-based awards intended to recognize and encourage academic excellence and achievement by women in doctoral-level programs. These awards provide partial support for study and research.

P.E.O. Scholars have demonstrated their ability to make significant contributions in their chosen field of study, having assumed leadership positions in university academics, scientific research, medicine, law, performing arts, international economics, history, literature, government and other demanding fields.

  • maximum award $15,000
  • awards since 1990 2,280
  • awarded since 1990 $24.5 million

Awards are announced annually in the spring for the ensuing academic year. The number of awards is determined each year in accordance with funds available. 

Application Information

Nominations of potential Scholars are accepted from P.E.O. chapters between August 20 and November 20 each year. Nominees then have 45 days after their nomination is approved to complete their application. Awards are announced in the spring of each year.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

To be eligible for a P.E.O. Scholar Award, you must meet the following requirements:

  • be a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • have earned, at minimum, a bachelor's degree
  • be within two years of graduating from a doctoral program and have at least one full academic year of work remaining in August of the year you are awarded
  • be enrolled in full-time doctoral-level study at an accredited U.S. or Canadian post-secondary institution during the entire academic year of the award

The following criteria are considered by the PSA Board of Trustees when selecting Scholars:

  • nominee's proposal
  • potential to make significant contributions in her field(s) of endeavor or to make a positive impact on society
  • recommendations from three university professors or professional mentors
  • evidence of scholarly activities (publications, presentations, patents, performances, etc.)
  • academic awards and honors (honor societies, scholarships, etc.)
  • academic record
  • career objectives
  • unique academic and global experiences
  • establishment in academic program


Deadline: November 20, 2020

Cost/funding for participants:


The numbers of awards is determined each year in accordance with the funds available. The current maximum award is $15,000.

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