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Grants for Graduate Students

This guide offers resources for graduate students seeking external funding.

Why Do Graduate Students Need Grants?

External funding includes:

  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Fellowships
  • Gifts

Graduate students might need any of these to:

  • Complete research for a thesis or dissertation
  • Collect or purchase data
  • Conduct field work
  • Provide stipends, salary, or travel funds

Writing proposals for external funding as a graduate student provides:

  • Experience writing academic proposals
  • Opportunities to build a professional network
  • Credentials for the curriculum vitae
  • Opportunities to strengthen scholarly reading, writing, and research habits
  • Growing awareness of the demands in specific academic fields & in the academic community at large
  • Opportunities to be mentored and to mentor others

History of Philanthropy & You

By deciding to pursue an advanced degree, you became part of an academic culture comprised of many traditions.  One of these traditions is external funding, that is, support from a benefactor that allows you to build and enhance your expertise.     Your benefactor may be a foundation or other private sector group, a coporate entity, or government (local or national).  Here are just a few sites where you can begin to learn about the history of philanthropy. Many countries have rich histories of giving.  Where do you fit in?  

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