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This page is intended to help you locate external funding for your graduate education.

A good place to start is with the Grants and Grantsmanship Library Guide at Dana Library, an excellent overview and guide to proposal development with lots of additional resources. Following that are the most common federal funders of graduate education, followed by a list of databases that you can access at no cost, and finally, some resources to assist you with the craft of writing a grant proposal. If you have questions, please contact Joe Broderick (or call 973-353-1533).

Good luck!


National Science Foundation

National Institutes of Health

Other federal

Free Access Databases at Rutgers

  • Pivot is a comprehensive award database available at no cost to Rutgers faculty, students, and staff that can be customized based on research interests, type of sponsor, type of award, and many other criteria. An easy to use “How-to” guide is available here.
  • GradFund, a database of funding opportunities funded and maintained by the School of Graduate Studies, Rutgers – New Brunswick that has been opened to Rutgers – Newark students
  • Foundation Directory Online provides information on over 100,000 private funders, includes a searchable database of recent awards and allows users to sign up to receive email alerts. website

The website has a very well-organized, comprehensive overview of funding for graduate students, including The PhD Student’s Guide to Fellowships, which has links to  funding opportunities data at universities, private funders, and federal agencies and also provides an overview of the types of fellowships and how-to guides for preparing a fellowship application. Also see their listing of Scholarships & Grants for Doctoral Students.

The following databases are maintained by other institutions but are publicly searchable:

Grantwriting assistance

Please send comments and suggestions to Joe Broderick.