Graduate Student Funding Resources

Finding external funding for dissertation projects: While the Department makes every effort to provide employment and funding to support graduate student projects, resources are limited.  It is therefore an excellent idea to begin seeking external sources of support early in your graduate career.  There are many web sites providing information about potential funders, grantwriting tips and strategies.  The best place to begin is by speaking with your advisor before you start an extended search.

The web sites below offer information about funders, deadlines, etc.  Following these is a list of grantwriting instruction sites.

      Council on Foundations:

      The Foundation Center:

      Philanthropy News Digest Home Page:

      Amherst College Funding Opportunities:


      Grant Makers in Health:

      Florida State University Funding Opportunities:

      GrantForward (requires subscription):

      Action without Borders:

Proposal Writing Guides

      Foundation Center Grantspace:

University of California Intramural Funding Sources

      UC Office of Research: This is the central hub for funding opportunities within the UC system. Some are listed below.

      UC Humanities Research Institute:

      UC Intitute on Global Conflict and Cooperation:

      UC Energy Intitute at Haas:

      UC Institute for Mexico and the United States:

      All-UC Group in Economic History:

      Center for Studies in Higher Education:

      UC Center for Water Resources:

      UC Center for German and European Studies (UCB):

Government Funding Sources

      U.S. Department of Education Discretionary Grants:

      U.S. Environmental Protection Agency:

      U.S. Department of Justice:

      U.S. Department of Labor:

      U.S. National Archives:

      U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities:

      U.S. National Science Foundation:

      Smithsonian Institution:

Other Funding Sources

      American Council of Learned Societies:

      Aspen Institute:

      Social Science Research Council:


Individual Foundations

There are 70,000 of these in the United States; to search, see