We suggest the following databases to help you search for funding opportunities. Top recommended resources are highlighted. Browse all resources or use the filters to view only the resources that are most likely to be relevant to you.

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National Institutes of Health

Audience: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholar, Faculty and Staff
Disciplinary Area: Health and Medical Sciences, Social Sciences

Funding resources from the National Institutes of Health.

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Funding Opportunities

Policies and Procedures

Career Development

Proposal Development

Awards Made Information

NIH Training Grants and Fellowships

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Research Training Grants and Fellowships

International Training Grants and Funding

Research Training and Career Development Programs for Undergraduates

Research Training and Career Development Programs for Graduate and Medical Students

Research Training and Career Development Programs for Postdoctorate and Faculty

Research and Training for Minorities

National Science Foundation

Audience: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholar, Faculty and Staff
Disciplinary Area: Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences

Funding resources from the National Science Foundation.

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Department of Health and Human Services

Audience: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholar, Faculty and Staff
Disciplinary Area: Health and Medical Sciences, Social Sciences

Funding resources from the Department of Health and Human Services and its subsidiaries.

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Grants for Individuals, Compiled by Michigan State University Libraries

Audience: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholar
Disciplinary Area: Arts and Humanities, Health and Medical Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences

This site (previously categorized on the Funding Information Portal as “Funding Guides”) lists grants and scholarships by category. The bottom of each category page includes a list of additional databases and links to resources that provide guidance on searching for and applying for grants. While some opportunities are targeted towards Michigan residents, the site may help you identify opportunities in your area of interest.

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Commercial Scholarship Databases

Audience: Graduate Student
Disciplinary Area: Arts and Humanities, Health and Medical Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences

Many free databases exist for scholarship searches. Although less inclusive than COS Pivot, they may offer some additional opportunities. Most incorporate some combination of keyword searches and profile matches based on information Users provide.

Commercial Scholarship Databases List

Nationally Coveted College Scholarships, Graduate Fellowships & Postdoctoral Awards

  • Search for scholarships, fellowships or summer jobs/internships by discipline or population group.
  • No registration required.

Education Planner, by American Education Services (AES)

  • Use your profile to find information on financial aid, grants and scholarships, work-study programs, and educational loans.
  • Registration required.

SallieMae: Scholarships for College

  • Use your profile to find scholarships, loans, and information on financing your education.
  • Registration required.

Fastweb

  • Search for scholarships and financial aid via keyword or your profile.
  • Registration required.

Scholarships.com: Find money for college

  • Find information on scholarships, as well as individual college and university tuition and financial aid information via keyword searches or your profile.
  • Registration required.

Peterson’s Scholarships

  • Search for graduate scholarships through keywords and other pre-set categories, including subject area.
  • No registration required.

NerdWallet: NerdScholar

  • Search for scholarships through year of study and GPA, which can be modified through keyword searches. Also includes information on tuition and student loans.
  • No registration required

Chronicle of Higher Education: Gazette

  • Click on the most recent “Deadline” link for a list of upcoming fellowships and scholarships. Do an in-text search (Ctrl + F) of keywords within the list to find relevant awards.
  • No registration required

USASpending.gov

Audience: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholar, Faculty and Staff
Disciplinary Area: Arts and Humanities, Health and Medical Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences

USASpending.gov, established in accordance with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006, contains all federal government contract, grant, and other award data. Documentation for using the site can be found on the FAQ page.

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Foundation Center Resources

Audience: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholar, Faculty and Staff
Disciplinary Area: Arts and Humanities, Health and Medical Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences

The Foundation Center indexes nearly 100,000 U.S. private foundations and corporate grantmakers and over 2 million recent grants. Resources include a database of funding sources and aggregated statistics. This resource’s primary strength is the large amount of tax information it provides about the donors in its index. It is generally more useful for individuals seeking funding for nonprofits or large research grants rather than individual scholarships.

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Go to Foundation Directory Online

  • Search for grantmakers by name, location, or employee identification number to find 990 forms and other information.
  • Because of licensing restrictions, the Funding Information Portal can only provide access to the free version of the Foundation Center’s database. Students and staff who want to access the full database, which unlocks all content and search fields, should make an appointment at the Office of Research Development.

Go to Foundation Stats

  • This feature allows users to view aggregated data on grant recipients and funding organizations in the United States and abroad since 2012.
  • Use the controls on the left side of the screen to filter grants by subject area, population, and region.

Funding Databases for International Study and Research

Audience: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholar, Faculty and Staff
Disciplinary Area: Arts and Humanities, Health and Medical Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences

The following commercial databases list grants and scholarships that could be useful for international students studying at UNC, students planning to study abroad, or researchers planning to work outside of the United States. Registration is not required. Expand below to view the whole list:

List of International Databases

International Education Financial Aid

  • Search for funding opportunities for international students studying in the US and for US citizens studying abroad by award type, location, and field of study.

Institute of International Education: Funding for U.S. Study

  • Search for funding opportunities for international students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty to study and research in the US by region, area of study, location in the US, and name of program.

Institute of International Education: Study Abroad Funding

  • Search for funding opportunities for students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty to study and research abroad by country, subject, or personal affiliation.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database

Audience: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholar
Disciplinary Area: Arts and Humanities, Health and Medical Sciences, Life and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences

Database of graduate and postdoctoral funding opportunities compiled by the University of California at Los Angeles. Contains fellowships, internships, research grants, prizes/awards, and travel funding. Users can search by discipline, funding type, and academic level.

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