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
Using your MU credentials, utilize the Graduate School Resources Canvas Site to explore additional resources for fellowship and grant writing. Email Anita Cowan at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 your submission with your faculty mentor or Dr. Elizabeth “Liz” Bent, Research and Grant Development Specialist in the Graduate School. Email Dr. Bent at email@example.com to schedule a meeting
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
Examples of Prestigious National Fellowships & Awards
- National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
- National Academies Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Associateship Programs
- Department of Defense National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowships
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration Fellowships
- National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31)
- Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad
- American Association of University Women
- American Council for Learned Societies, Advancing the Humanities
- Ford Foundation Fellowship Program
- Spencer Foundation
- Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Current External Funding Opportunities
Humanities and Social Sciences
- The Gerald R. Ford Library and Museum is accepting applications for the Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award (Dissertation Award) in Honor of Robert M. Teeter to facilitate dissertations on public opinion research. Applications are due by March 31.
- Sociologists for Women in Society are seeking applications for the Esther Ngan-ling Chow and Mareyjoyce Green Scholarship due by April 1.
- The American Council on Germany offers the McCloy Fellowship on Global Trends for scholars studying policy. Applications are due by April 1.
- The Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation is accepting applications for the Batton and First Union, Peter Nicolaisen, and Specialized Project Fellowships programs in history. Applications are due by April 1.
- The Poetry Foundation is accepting applications for the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Applications are due by April 14.
- The Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, Inc. is accepting applications for Dissertation Fieldwork Grants. Applications are due by May 1.
- The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is accepting applications for the Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students. Applications are due by May 13.
- North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Graduate Student Program, Research project submissions are due April 20.
- U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program applications are due May 5.
- Microsoft Research Ph.D. Fellowship nominations are due May 10. Coordinate with your department to request nomination.
- The National Research Council and National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine welcome applications for the Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program due May 26.
- The Oak Spring Garden Foundation has multiple fellowship opportunities in plant science, biology, and conservation research due May 31.
- Stanford University welcomes applicants to its Propel Postdoctoral Scholars program. Applications are due by June 1.
- The National Inventors Hall of Fame welcomes applications for individuals or teams of inventors for its Collegiate Inventors Competition due by June 5.