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External Funding

Are you looking for funding for your graduate education? If so, you might consider applying for one of the national fellowships described in the External Funding section. "External" awards are sponsored by government agencies, private foundations, corporations, and other organizations outside the university. Some of the most well known external awards are offered by the National Science Foundation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration,  Ford Foundation, and Fulbright. These programs and a few others are described in this section.

As merit-based awards, these external fellowship programs target academic excellence and scholarship, usually focusing on research and intensive graduate study. The application takes some time to prepare and must be submitted by the agency's deadline. For a competitive application, students should begin planning about three to four months prior to the submission deadline.

Additional funding opportunities, many of which are external awards, are given in the Other Funding Resources page, so be sure to check there as well.

Beginning Fall 2014, the College of Graduate Studies has introduced a workshop called "Show Me the Money: Identifying and Applying for Graduate Research Fellowships" to the Pathways to Success program. The session covers how to create a strong application for external funding offered by various funding agencies. Be sure to check the Pathways to Success Calendar of Events at for session dates.

External Funding References: 

Handout - provides an overview of major external fellowship opportunities

Resource List - lists resources available to help students apply for external funding

Sample Timelines - a helpful tool for planning the preparation of an external fellowship application

External Funding Application Review Rubric - a self-assessment rubric to prepare applications for external fellowships.

Additional Funding Sources:

Pivot - a comprehensive source of funding. 

Grapes - a database of over 500 private and publicly funded awards, grants, and fellowships of interest to prospective and current graduate students, students working on a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars. 

Grant Forward - over 25,000 private, federal, foundational funding opportunities.


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