Funding Searches

Graduate students and post-docs are encouraged to search for funding opportunities in addition to those listed in the External Funding Opportunities table.

COS Pivot
Click on the tab below to learn more about using the COS Pivot funding database.

Graduate Funding Lists and Search Engines at Other Universities

Grants.Gov is your source for finding grants from federal agencies. Click here for an animated tutorial on finding grant opportunities on

Other Search Strategies Any Internet search engine is likely to return thousands or even millions of hits on a non-specific search. For example, a recent Google search for the words graduate, fellowship, and English produced almost 10 million results. Most of them were about fellowships provided by graduate programs at college or universities.

  • To search for only those provided by foundations and private organizations, try limiting your search to the .org domain. This cut the list down to just over half a million results.
  • By putting "graduate fellowship" in quotes and selecting only for pages with this phrase, the list is still very long but manageable.
  • Additional use of the Advanced Search fields, such as limiting results to those in English or from sites in a particular country, narrows the results further.
General Internet searches such as this are time consuming but may identify opportunities not posted on Pivot or other foundation funding search databases. Keep in mind that you may not be able to save your search, so be sure to bookmark the pages of interest or add the URL to a table for future use.