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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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.
  • Registration not required.

College Net: Mach25 Scholarship Search

  • Search for scholarships via keywords or your profile.
  • Registration not 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.

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.

Grants and Fellowships, Compiled by Harvard University

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

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) at Harvard University has compiled two databases of funding opportunities, one for graduate students and one for postdoctoral students, containing about 300 hundred records each.

Go to GSAS for Graduate Students

Go GSAS for Postdoctoral Students

Euraxess: European Researchers in Motion

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

A database of jobs, services, networks and other information for EU researchers.

Go to Euraxess

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.

Go to GRAPES

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.

List of Resources

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.

NY Foundation for the Arts

Audience: Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Scholar, Faculty and Staff
Disciplinary Area: Arts and Humanities

The New York Foundation for the Arts compiles grants with a focus on performance, particularly in dance, music, theater, and visual art. Their online tool, NYFA source, contains listings on over 4,200 arts organizations, 2,900 award programs, 4,200 service programs, and 900 publications for individual artists across the United States. Certain upcoming opportunities will also be highlighted on the classifieds section of their website.

Go to NYFA Source

Go to NYFA Classifieds

NC OpenBook

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

NC OpenBook is a database of North Carolina state government grant and financial assistance programs and awards made, created in order to provide transparency on how government grants are spent in North Carolina. It includes approximately 2500 state contracts and over 5000 grant disbursements. Users can search both grants and contracts.

Go to NC OpenBook

Community Foundation Locator

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

The Community Foundation Locator indexes community foundations located in North Carolina and other states. Users can search by region, state, or zip-code. The site was designed to provide transparency for how grants are spent in the state of North Carolina, and most recipients are non-profits. This resource is most useful for individuals planning service projects, working with nonprofits, engaging in outreach projects, or related work in the state of North Carolina.

Go to Community Foundation Locator