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Additional Resources for Finding Funding

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Center for the Education of Women

The Center for the Education of Women (CEW) provides counseling and information on academic programs, childcare, community resources and job searches. They also maintain a loan and reference library. CEW awards a number of scholarships and grants to graduate students each year, and small emergency grants are available for students facing financial difficulties.

Office of Research

The Office of Research website provides links to several funding opportunity databases. They also provides helpful information and guidance for finding funding for research.

Institute for the Humanities

Offers mini-grants to graduate students to support interdisciplinary projects with a public component.


Sources for jobs include the University of Michigan, and public and private employers both on and off campus. Many jobs in addition to work-study employment are available, and financial aid is not generally a factor in selection.

Office of Financial Aid

All graduate students, with the exception of those in the Law School and Medical School, may apply for Work-Study and/or loan assistance through the Office of Financial Aid. Loan programs available include the Federal Perkins Loan and Federal Stafford Loan programs. This office also offers short-term, emergency loans. Additionally, they have the Graduate PLUS program which is a non-need-based federal loan that allows graduate students to borrow up to the full cost of attendance, minus any other financial aid they are receiving. The Office also maintains a searchable list of scholarships administered by U-M.

Institute for Social Research (ISR)

ISR offers a variety of fellowships and research awards designed to nurture the Next Generation of empirical social and behavioral scientists.

U-M Fellowships and Scholarships

The U-M Fellowships and Scholarships website provides information about major national and international scholarships, including the Marshall scholarship for study at a British University, the Rhodes Scholarships for study at Oxford University, and the Churchill Scholarship for one year of graduate study at Cambridge University.

International Center

In addition to services to assist international students, the International Center is a good source of funding information and support for U-M graduate students students seeking opportunities to study, work, or travel abroad.

International Institute

The International Institute provides generous support to graduate students for language study and conference travel, as well as internships, research, and study overseas.

University Library

The library's Research Guide on Grants and Fundraising provides resources, strategies, and information for finding funding. This includes funding databases, proposal writing, University processes, and related topics in both online and print formats. Additionally, the reference room on the second floor of the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library has a wide selection of resources pertaining to fellowships, scholarships, and grants.

Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum

Summer interns and academic year work-study students are an integral part of the work Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum (MBGNA) does. MBGNA also provides facilities, services, and support for research projects in both greenhouse and field settings.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) maintains information about both internal and external scholarships and grants for students with disabilities.

Veteran and Military Services

Veteran and Military Services provides a listing of scholarships, grants and loans for military personnel, veterans and their families.

Veteran's Benefits at the Office of the Registrar

If you are eligible to receive veteran's benefits, contact the Office of the Registrar. They will assist in processing certification paperwork in order to receive benefits.

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External Sources and Search Tools

SPIN - Sponsored Programs Information Network

SPIN is a searchable database that contains information from more than 2,500 different sponsoring agencies, which comprise more than 11,000 separate funding opportunities. You can access the database using your UMID and Kerberos password.


Pivot is a ProQuest product (formerly known as COS - Community of Science). It is an excellent resource for finding external funding opportunities. You can use Pivot to save a search and have it send you a weekly email alert when a match between your choice of keywords (research area) and funding programs are matched in this funding opportunities database.

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)

UNCF administers over 400 scholarship programs for African Americans.

American Indian College Fund

Administers Full Circle Scholarships for graduate students with tribal connections.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF)

HSF provides financial assistance to outstanding Hispanic students.

Association of International Educators (AIE)

AIE promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the United States. The website contains useful information for U.S. students interested in study abroad and practical advice and financial aid information for foreign nationals studying in the U.S.

Social Science Research Council

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) is an independent, nonprofit international organization that offers fellowships and grants for researchers doing promising work in the social sciences and related disciplines.

Department of Education

Includes information on the need-based grants, loans, and work-study funds available through federal student aid and the online version of DOE's Student Guide to Financial Aid.

External Funding Search Tools

For International Students

Many professional associations offer funding and/or provide information about fellowships and grants on their websites. A few examples are listed below, but students can check with associations related to their discipline or research interests for additional opportunities.

Last updated: December 18, 2017 - 3:06pm