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How to Apply for External Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

Steps to apply for External Fellowships and Awards


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

  • JOIN

Using your MU credentials, utilize the Graduate School Resources Canvas Site to explore additional resources for fellowship and grant writing. Email Anita Cowan at to request to be added to the site.


Search for interesting funding opportunities on your own


Discuss your research interests and career plans with your faculty mentor and experts from the Graduate School to assess the fit between your research and plans and any funding opportunities of interest to you

  • PLAN

Plan your submission with your faculty mentor or Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Bent, Research and Grant Development Specialist in the Graduate School. 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 MU Fellowships Office provides a list of nationally prestigious fellowships and scholarships.
  • The University of Illinois has a very user-friendly database as well: University of Illinois Fellowship Finder

Prestigious National Fellowships & Awards

Current External Funding Opportunities

Any Discipline

Due December 8, National Academies – Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

Due January 25, U.S. Department of Defense – Boren Fellowships for Research and Language Study

Humanities and Social Sciences

Due January 15, the National Science Foundation – Linguistics Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Due January 15, the National Science Foundation – Cultural Anthropology Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Due January 26, the National Science Foundation – Biological Anthropology Program – Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants

Due February 1, the Truman Library Institute – The Truman Dissertation Year Fellowship

Due February 25, the Smithsonian Institute – Archives of American Art Internship


Due December 9, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER)

Due December 15, Graduate Fellowship for STEM Diversity

Due February 15, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Internship

Biomedical or Behavioral Sciences

Due December 8, the National Institutes of Health – Individual Fellowships (F31)




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