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External Funding Opportunities

Funding for graduate education may come from many sources and in many pieces. Students may receive funds for in-state or out-of-state tuition, for comprehensive fees, or as a salary stipend. They may be self-supporting, or receive loans for graduate study, or they may be fellowship or scholarship recipients. This page provides resources to assist you in finding funding opportunities from external sources.

Announcements Received by the Graduate School

The Graduate School regularly receives information about funding opportunities for graduate students. The following announcements will provide instruction on where to obtain more information about each program as well as an application. This list is updated regularly. Please check back frequently.

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Funding Institutional

Students are encouraged to check the online Funding Institutional, published by Virginia Tech's Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation. This site provides weekly updates about funding for research and scholarship.  

National Science Foundation Database

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in most fields of science and engineering, and they have a database of funding opportunities. It does this through grants, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations and other research organizations throughout the United States.

Other Resources

The program management office was established, in 2002, as a part of the President's Management Agenda. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, is an E-Government initiative operating under the governance of the Office of Management and Budget.

Under the President's Management Agenda, the office was chartered to deliver a system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. Today, the system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications for federal grant-making agencies.  

Fellowship Database

Cornell University created this comprehensive database of fellowships from primarily non-Cornell sources. They are organized by topic and applicant group.

American Association for the Advancement of Science

The staff of this magazine has compiled a list of other places you can search for information on funding programs. Unfortunately, many of them require a paid subscription for access.

National Academies 

Administers predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowship programs in research-based fields of study including the Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowships.

Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholars Program

Part of a nationwide initiative that seeks to produce more minority student Ph.D.s and to encourage SREB scholars to seek faculty positions.