AA Awards and Funding Opportunities


What are we missing without more women participating in information technology? As our CEO Lucy Sanders once observed, "You can't measure absence." NCWIT has established several awards to help foster great potential that otherwise may have gone unrecognized, and to help foster great ideas that might never have come to fruition.

NCWIT Academic Alliance Seed Fund

The AA Seed Fund funds awards up to $20,000 for projects that support inclusivity in an online environment within institution postsecondary computing and information technology programs. Submissions are encouraged from all types of institutions, including community colleges, minority-serving institutions, undergraduate-only institutions, and research institutions.

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NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Research and Graduate Mentoring Award

The Harrold and Notkin Award recognizes faculty members who combine outstanding research accomplishments with excellence in graduate mentoring, as well as those who advocate for recruiting, encouraging, and promoting women and minorities in computing fields at both a local and national level. 

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NCWIT Mentoring Award for Undergraduate Research (MAUR)

The MAUR recognizes AA representatives for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields.

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NCWIT Extension Services Transformation (NEXT) Awards

The NEXT Awards celebrate past and present NCWIT Extension Services clients for excellence in recruiting and retaining women in computing education. The awards reflect and reward practices that NCWIT recognizes as having the most significant impact on the long-term goal of increasing the number of women in information technology and other computing-related fields. Departments receiving a NEXT Award show significant positive outcomes in women’s enrollment and graduation rates, and have excellent potential for building on these gains. Both small and large departments are encouraged to apply.

NCWIT Collegiate Award

The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary. Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of innovation and potential impact. 


View former awards of the Academic Alliance here.