Funding Your Graduate Education
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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.
View Scholarly Pursuits: A Guide to Professional Development during the Graduate Years>>
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.
Learn more about Data Management Services and the DMP Tool>>
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.
Learn more about the Ku Writing Center's Graduate Student Resources, Programs, and Book Appointments>>
This is a continuously updated repository of federal and private funding opportunities that are intended for graduate students. The opportunities are pre-sorted chronologically and alphabetically, and can be searched by funding amount and subject matter.
Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy, please refer to the sponsor’s funding announcement for complete details on each opportunity.
Access the excel file by clicking here.
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.
The Opportunities Lists on this page are compiled and updated annually each summer by the Research & Grant Development Office (RGDO). These downloadable PDF documents are intended to help Scholars identify resources to help fund their work. No list is exhaustive. Scholars should visit the websites of any agencies of interest to learn current deadlines and note any changes to requirements since the list was last updated.
Access the opportunities lists by clicking here.
Fellowships & Scholarships at KU
Madison & Lila Self Graduate Programs
Dwight Eisenhower/Clifford Roberts Graduate Fellowship
University Women's Club Scholarship
In the past, multiple recipients have received scholarships ranging from $1,500 to $2,500. The number of recipients and dollar amounts vary from year to year.