Funding Your Graduate Education
Grant and Fellowship Development Resources
Writing, developing, and submitting grant and fellowship applications to support your research and writing is an essential component of your graduate career. Writing effective materials is a skill that develops over time and with practice. There are a number of resources available at and beyond KU that will be helpful to you as you develop and submit your materials. Make sure to also check the monthly graduate student newsletter and emails from research offices across campus (see more information on these offices below) for grant and fellowship development workshops that are held throughout the year.
A guide to professional development during the graduate years developed by Cynthia Verba, Chapters 4 and 7 cover fellowship and postdoc application materials. Appendix A includes samples of winning fellowships and application materials for all areas and disciplines.
KU Libraries has partnered with DMP Tool to give KU researchers access to an online Data Management Plan creation tool. This tool will walk you through the items that are required to be included in your Data Management Plan for various funding agencies and applications such as in the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants.
The KU Writing Center's Graduate Writing Specialist works exclusively with you to help you learn how to improve you graduate-level writing. Office hours are held for graduate students whose needs go beyond the Writing Center's traditional graduate writing consultations, including adjusting to graduate-level writing, overcoming writer's block, publishing journal articles, writing grant/fellowship applications, and completing academic job applications. In addition, you can receive writing coaching, which may be particularly helpful if you are in the thesis/dissertation writing process.
KU also provides faculty, staff and you with subscription access to the PIVOT search tool. PIVOT is an easy-to-use key-word-searchable database for finding current funding opportunities specifically tailored to your research needs. PIVOT also provides a number of other resources that may be of interest to researchers, including their current top-ten search list. Please direct PIVOT questions to Doug Bornemann at email@example.com or 785-864-6113.
Please note that in the advance search function of PIVOT, you can search opportunities by applicant type, citizenship, research subject matter, research location, type of opportunity and additional filters to help narrow the search within the global database.