External Funding Opportunities

These are the primary databases we recommend when searching for funding opportunities.

Additional Resources

The following document is a list of funding databases provided by the National Postdoctoral Association.

Grant Writing Assistance

Need assistance with writing a successful grant application? Below are resources from the GrantWinners Seminars conducted  by Dr. Robert Porter at the University of Notre Dame September 2014.

Writing Successful Grants

Career Development Grants for Pre and Postdocs

NIH Peer Review - YouTube


Postdoc Grant Opportunities

AAAS Fellowship Resources

Energy Research Fellowships

Fellowships in Energy Research for Postdocs


ND Energy offers competitive fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral research associates to conduct energy-related research at Notre Dame. These fellowships support new advancements in energy technologies, while broadening the educational experiences for students and postdocs receiving these awards.

Click here to meet our current ND Energy Postdoctoral Fellows. Information is also available via the Funding Opportunities Webpage with an ND Net ID and Password required. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Barbara Villarosa (574-631-4776).


AAAS Fellowship Resources


Provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to policymakers.

Along with the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, there are many other opportunities and resources available for those interested in learning about the intersection of science and policy, and applying and communicating scientific and technical information to support well-informed policies, programs, and practices.

Search by:

  • Discipline
  • Degree Requirements (Postdoc)
  • Citizenship Requirements (Open to Non US Citizens)

Click here for information. Applications being accepted for 2015-2016.

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Using Pivot

To create a Pivot profile:

  1. Go to pivot.cos.com
  2. Click on the “Signup” button on the upper left corner
  3. Fill in all the requested information and create your account

To search for funding opportunities:

  1. Log in to pivot.cos.com
  2. Click on “Search for Funding or Scholars”
  3. Click on the “Advanced Search” tab
  4. Click on “More Search Attributes”
  5. Click on “Requirements” and select “Graduate Students”
  6. Customize your search using your specific criteria

*Please also note that the “search” button on the bottom of the page is conveniently located next to the “clear fields” button.