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How to Apply for External Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

Interested in applying for external funding? Email Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Bent at Dr. Bent is the Graduate School’s Research and Grant Development Specialist. She develops programming for emerging scholars (graduate students and postdoctoral scholars) to support them on their research development journey. She is here to assist emerging scholars interested in seeking external funding.

Steps to apply for External Fellowships and Awards


Keep an eye on emails from your DGS, the Graduate School’s website, and our newsletter for grant workshops and funding opportunities


Use the Graduate School Resources Canvas Site for information about fellowship and grant writing. Email Amy Rhea at to request to be added to the site


Search for interesting funding opportunities


Discuss your research interests and career plans with your faculty mentor or email Dr. Bent at to schedule a meeting


Plan your submission with your faculty mentor or email Dr. Bent at to schedule a meeting

Finding Fellowships

Fellowship Search Tools

  • Pivot is a database of funding opportunities sponsored by the government, private foundations, nonprofit organizations, and professional societies. MU subscribes to this service; current Mizzou faculty and students have free access. To use the database, you must first create an account.
  • The Graduate School lists current external funding opportunities (updated weekly) on our website.
  • The MU Office of Global and National Fellowships lists nationally prestigious fellowships and scholarships.
  • The University of Illinois has a very user-friendly database as well: University of Illinois Fellowship Finder

Examples of Prestigious National Fellowships & Awards

Each year the Graduate School honors MU’s Graduate Students of Distinction who have received prestigious national fellowships. Campus leaders celebrate and officially recognize these students who have received prestigious national fellowships to support their graduate education.