External Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

The original list was provided by the National Postdoctoral Association

  • 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) or citizenship requirements (Open to Non US Citizens).
  • AASCU Grant Resource Center
    Run by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), Grant Search includes 2,000 private and federal funding opportunities. A paid institutional membership is required for access.
  • Community Foundation Locator
    Community foundations are grant making public charities that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area. Community foundations vary widely in asset size, ranging from less than $100,000 to more than $1.7 billion.
  • Cornell University Fellowships Database
    The Cornell database catalogs private and publicly funded awards, fellowships, and internships for masters students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars. Advanced search options allow users to search by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria. This database is maintained by the Cornell University Graduate School.
  • Euraxess: European Researchers in Motion
    A database of jobs, services, networks and other information for EU researchers.
  • FedBizOpps
    FedBizOpps lists all federal government contracting opportunities that exceed $25,000, including major solicitations, contract awards, subcontracting opportunities, and other procurement information. This resource is most useful for faculty and staff, although there are opportunities listed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as well.
  • Federal Register
    The Federal Register is a publication of Congressional and other federal agency documents, including funding announcements. This resource is most useful for faculty and staff, although there are opportunities listed for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars as well.
  • Foundation Directory
    Foundation Center's Foundation Directory Online is the most comprehensive search tool available for locating the funding interests of foundations on local, regional, national, and international levels, as well as past foundation grants and grantees. Subscription required for access; individuals may purchase a subscription, but first check to see if your local university has one.
  • Funding for US Study Online
    Funding for US Study Online is an extensive database of scholarships, fellowships and grants organized and maintained by the Institute of International Education. Funding for US Study includes all types of funding programs, for all levels of post-secondary study, across the full range of academic areas.
  • Grants.gov
    Grants.gov centralizes more than 1,000 different grant programs across all 26 federal grant-making agencies awarding more than $500 billion annually.
  • Harvard FAS Research Administration Services
    The list is maintained by the Harvard Research Administration Services for Faculty of Arts & Sciences that tracks funding opportunities for postdocs.
  • Harvard GSAS Postdoctoral Fellowships
    A database of funding for postdoctoral scholars compiled by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University.
  • IIEPassport: Study Abroad Funding
    A database of funding opportunities for students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty for study and research abroad. Search by country, subject, or personal affiliation.
  • New York Foundation for the Arts
    A database of funding opportunities for dance, music, theater and art. Lists over 4,200 arts organizations, 2,900 award programs, 4,200 service programs, and 900 publications for individual artists across the country.
  • Newton's List
    Newton’s List is a free resource open to individuals searching for international funding and organizations looking to market their grants to an international audience. Newton’s List is open to basic research funding opportunities related to one or more of the following fields: natural sciences, engineering/technology, agricultural sciences or social sciences. Opportunities in biomedical sciences, humanities, or applied research are not included.
  • Notre Dame Energy (an ND Net ID and Password required)
    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. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact (574-631-4776).
  • NIH Fogarty International Center Postdoctoral Non-NIH Funding Opportunities
    Includes a variety of international grants and fellowships in biomedical and behavioral research. Its goal is to provide information about additional funding opportunities available to those in the field of global health research. The directory is maintained by the Fogarty International Center, the international component of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research 
    NIH funds research in almost every area related to human health and disease. This page includes extensive information about NIH grants, as well as a place to search NIH funding programs. NIH also has an advanced search page, which offers a wide range of search options. Be sure that "Active RFAs" and "Active PAs" are checked before clicking on "search"; the results will show every open funding opportunity offered by the NIH. Click on the column headings to sort. For example, if you want to see all of the NCI (National Cancer Institute) open funding opportunities, click on the heading "Issuing Organization" to sort the institutes/centers alphabetically, then scroll down to NCI. To search by research topic, enter topic in the "Search these results" box. The results will list all funding opportunities which have that term in the guidelines.
  • NIH RePORTER search tool
    This webpage allows individuals to search for projects that have been funded by the NIH.
  • NRC Research Associateship Programs
    The NRC Research Associateship Programs (RAP) promote excellence in scientific and technological research conducted by the U.S. government through the administration of programs offering graduate, postdoctoral, and senior level research opportunities at sponsoring federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.
  • NSF-National Science Foundation "Find Funding" Search Tool
    Search by Keyword, Recently announced funding opportunities, or Upcoming due dates.
  • SciVal Funding
    SciVal Funding comprehensively covers grants from Australia, Canada, the European Commission, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
  • UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support (GRAPES) Database
    The GRAPES database catalogs over 500 private and publicly funded awards, fellowships, and internships for masters students, graduate students, and postdoctoral scholars. Advanced search options allow users to search by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria. GRAPES is maintained by the UCLA Fellowships and Financial Services Office.

Search Funding Opportunities

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


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.


Grant Writing Assistance

Dr. Robert Porter conducted workshops for academic researchers in September 2017. A full-day workshop for junior faculty members and a shorter version for pre- and post-doctoral researchers were offered. Below are resources from the Grant Winners Seminars conducted by him at the University of Notre Dame.

Writing Successful Grants 

Career Development Grants for Pre and Postdocs

Applying for a Postdoc Fellowship

NIH Peer Review - YouTube