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Graduate Funding Information Service: Funding Databases

Research guide for finding funding for graduate school

Tips for Searching Funding Databases

Funding databases are great central resources for searching based on criteria such as discipline, type of award, user-generated keywords, and eligibility criteria. Here are some tips for making your search a success:

Start general. Begin with simple searches that combine a general keyword or category (e.g. anthropology or social science) with eligibility criteria that pertain to you (e.g. fellowships for international graduate students). 

Consider your keywords. Brainstorm a list of keywords in three areas: your degree or program, your research interests, and your personal characteristics as an applicant. Search these domains separately or in conjunction with one another.

Look at "closed opportunities" and deadlines that have passed. Depending on when in the year you are doing your funding search, organizations may not have announced their upcoming application season deadlines. But if an opportunity looks promising, note it for the future.

Follow up! Always visit the funding source's website for the most accurate information about a particular funding opportunity. Follow leads to see what other funding they offer that may not appear in the database.

Automate your process. Grant Forward conveniently allows you to save searches and set up alerts. Creating a spreadsheet to keep track of awards in other databases may be helpful for the search process.

Master's and Professional students may find databases like Grant Forward, the UW, Illinois, and Harvard helpful. Doctoral and postdoctoral students may find these four databases and additional ones, like UCLA, helpful. 

Subscription Databases

Subscription databases collect many different types of funding available to a wide variety of individuals and organizations, from small scholarships for students to large grants for non-profit and community organizations.

(Available to currently enrolled UW students, faculty, and staff with a valid UW NetID and password.)

Databases from Academic Institutions

Several universities maintain databases of external academic fellowships, scholarships, and grants. Most of these tools are publicly available. These databases are a great way to focus only on funding for graduate students, and in many databases you are able to filter by citizenship status, academic discipline, and academic level (e.g. master's, doctoral, post-doc).