Fellowships & Funding Guide for Graduate Students
There are numerous resources available regarding funding for research purposes. Below are some of the web resources that might be useful for a UC graduate student seeking research grants. We recommend that first-time grant seekers familiarize themselves with the process by surveying available material first. There are a number of introductory passages available at various web sites (below), and the Foundation Center www.fdncenter.org has a quick orientation to grant seeking that should be helpful. Signing up for email alerts and viewing grant maker web sites should further illuminate the system.
After an introduction to the range of possibilities, you should compile a beginning list of possible funders with which you share interests and which fund pre-dissertation/dissertation research. To help you save time, it is very important to assess whether you meet the eligibility criteria for any given funder before considering them.
More detailed research on these compatible sources will make clear which organizations are most likely to fund your research. Initially, identify organizations that fund pre-doctoral individuals and that have similar research interests and geographical focus. Investigate the funding patterns of these organizations to come up with a short list of possible funders.
This document follows with a brief description of Types of Funding, resources for Finding Funding, and leads to search for more Funders.
II. TYPES OF FUNDING
Private foundations, public charities, and corporate foundations:
A private foundation is a non-profit institution that grants aid based on an endowment, like the Ford Foundation. A public charity is funded through memberships, like the Ms. Foundation for Women. A corporate foundation is endowed through the corporation and generally only gives to its employees and their descendents, or gives to programs that will enhance its own ends. These foundations have areas of interest in which they invest, in program support for other organizations and/or for related research. Aid to individuals is usually given in the form of either direct support or fellowships for travel and research in a host country/institution/library. The Foundation Center www.fdncenter.org offers extensive resources for understanding and researching foundations, their giving, and how to apply for funding. The Foundations Center’s publication, Foundation Grants to Individuals, is published yearly and includes most foundations that offer programs available to individual applicants.
The federal government is responsible for a large portion of grantmaking, which is executed through agencies like the National Science Foundation, the Dept. of Defense. Most federal agencies have a grantmaking capacity. Program guidelines are typically very specific.
The UC system supports a system of intra-mural research institutions that offer funding for graduate student and faculty research. Other research institutions, including think tanks and libraries, offer internships and fellowships for research conducted at their institution.
UC Office of Research: http://www.ucop.edu/research-graduate-studies/ This is the central hub for funding opportunities within the UC system. Some are listed below.
UC Toxic Substances Research and Training Program: A multi campus research unit devoted to studying toxics and the environment.
UC Humanities Research Institute:http://www.uchri.org/
UC Institute for Labor and Employment: http://www.ucop.edu/ile/
UC Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation: http://www-igcc.ucsd.edu/
UC Energy Institute: http://ei.haas.berkeley.edu/index.html
All-UC Group in Economic History: http://allucgroup.iga.ucdavis.edu
Center for Studies in Higher Education: http://cshe.berkeley.edu
University of California Energy Institute: http://www.ucei.berkeley.edu/
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE AND FULBRIGHT PROGRAMS
International Research & Exchanges Board: http://www.irex.org/ administers the Fulbright and other international exchange programs.
National Research Council - http://www4.nationalacademies.org administrates national fellowships and scholarship programs.
Social Science Research Council: http://www.ssrc.org
The Social Science Research Council is an independent, nongovernmental, not-for-profit international organization that seeks to advance social science throughout the world and supports research, education and scholarly exchange on every continent. Grants and fellowships are given for pre-dissertation, dissertation, and post-doctoral research. Interests include global security and cooperation, the social and economic challenges of globalization, the impacts of information technology and current transformations in international higher education
American Association of University Women – http://www.aauw.org/
GOVERNMENT AGENCY SITES
The National Science Foundation: http://www.nsf.gov home page links to all NSF programs, which link to specific program interests. Programs of interest include Social and Behavioral Science, International, Crosscutting, and Environmental Research & Education.
EPA Grants Information Site: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/grants.html
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): http://www.neh.gov
U.S. Institute of Peace;http://www.usip.org/ created by congress to serve American security interests, the USIP supports research in areas related to conflict and peace.
FREE EMAIL ALERT SERVICES
COS Expertise Database and Funding Alert Service: http://www.cos.com/ COS Funding Alert subscribers receive a weekly email with a customized list of funding opportunities based on previously specified criteria. The funding information provided by COS is drawn from a regularly updated database of more than 18,600 grants. Each funding opportunity contains information such as title, sponsor, deadline, and amount as well as a link for more detailed information.
Foundation Center's RFP Bulletin: http://fdncenter.org/pnd/rfp/index.jhtml The Foundation Center will send you a weekly list of new RFP's and other program announcements from non-government funding sources.
You can also subscribe to various newsletters: http://fdncenter.org/newsletters/.
National Science Foundation: http://www.nsf.gov NSF offers its Custom News Service, http://www.nsf.gov/home/cns/start.htm. After subscribing, you can choose to receive email alerts when documents matching your profile are added to the NSF Online Document System. Emails include links to each document and/or the full text of short documents. A weekly email alert listing all documents added the previous week is available under "Notification Options" when you set up or modify your profile.
INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES FOR FUNDING
The following is a list of online search engines for finding Requests for Proposals (RFPs, Program Announcements, Calls for Proposals, Research Program) from both public and private grant making institutions.
TIP: the majority of solicitations will be for organizations; one of your first search criteria should be graduate-student eligibility.
Community of Science (COS): http://fundingopps.cos.com/. Updated daily, COS Funding Opportunities includes more than 19,900 grants from around the world, both government and private.
Foundation Center: http://www.foundationcenter.org/. The Search Zone takes you to internal and external funding sources at http://fdncenter.org/searchzone/.
Sciencewise / FEDIX: http://www.sciencewise.com/ This site provides information on education and research programs for potential grants from federal agencies – Dept of Defense, Dept of Agriculture, Dept. of Transportation, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NASA, US AID, and National Institutes of Health.
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA): https://www.cfda.gov/?s=main&mode=list&tab=list. This site provides a government-wide compendium of federal programs, projects, grants, services, and activities.
Funders Online: http://www.fundersonline.org/index.asp. This organization seeks to promote and strengthen philanthropy in Europe by facilitating access to online independent funding and information resources. The site's fully searchable Funders Online Directory contains approximately 150 profiles of funder websites and areas of interests.
IV. SEARCH FOR MORE FUNDERS
BELOW ARE LINKS to GRANTMAKER DATABASES TIP: Another strategy for finding potential funders is to find an article or project being conducted in your field of interest, and discover its sponsors.
Links to Private Foundations: http://lnp.fdncenter.org/finder.html ; http://www.ucla.edu/research/
Links to U.S. Federal Government Departments, Agencies, and Institutes: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/opg/agency.html#awebs-go
Links to Non-Profit Organizations: The Idealist site offers information on over 15,000 non-profits around the world, http://www.idealist.org/
The Baker Library also indexes links of non-profit organizations,
Links to Funding Databases for Sale or Subscription: http://www.fconline.fdncenter.org/. The Foundation Center offers several huge databases for sale (CD-ROM) or subscription (internet) that provide the ability to search through the characteristics, interests, locations, officers, and past grant activity of nearly all foundations and corporate grantmakers.
GUIDE TO GRANT/PROPOSAL WRITING:
A very useful guide to proposal-writing is The Art of Writing Proposals: Some Candid Suggestions for Applicants to Social Science Research Council Competitions , by Adam Przeworski and Frank Salomon, at:
SPECIAL NOTE OF THANKS AND GRATITUDE: THE CAREER CENTER ACKNOWLEDGES WITH MANY THANKS THE GENEROSITY OF THE DEPARTMENT OF POLITICS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR RONNIE LIPSCHUTZ AND ANGELA MCCRACKEN (angela@cats) WHO WROTE AND COMPILED THIS EXCELLENT GUIDE.