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Where Can I Find Funding To Support My Research?

TIP: Check with your Department about funding opportunities.

TIP: Consult the web site and staff of the professional association of your academic discipline for suggestions about funding sources.

Read About Grants and Grantsmanship:

Use these subject headings to locate print and online resources in EDUCAT, TC's online catalog, and CLIO, Columbia's online catalog:









TIP: Click on the Subject tab in EDUCAT; select Subject from the pull-down menu in CLIO.

†††† EDUCAT:†

††† CLIO:†

Use These Databases To Identify Funders:

Sponsored Program Information Network (SPIN):

SPIN is an online database of federal, non-federal and corporate funding opportunities designed to assist faculty and staff in the identification of external sources of support for research, education and development projects.

Foundation Directory Online:

The nation's leading online funding research tool that open U.S. foundations to public view.

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online:

TIP: Allow time to search for potential funders.

TIP: Search for grantgivers that have funded projects similar to your own; many philanthropic organizations do not have a competitive process and may consider funding your project.

TIP: Search for overlap between the officers of the foundation and the officers and faculty of Teachers College.

U.S. Department of Education:

Discretionary grants to organizations, agencies, and individuals. These are awarded using a competitive process. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements can apply.

Current Projects prepared by the Teachers College Office of Sponsored Programs:

TIP: Establish A Personal Relationship With the Funder:

  1. Discuss your project with the grant officer before you apply.
  2. Consult the grant officer while you prepare your application.
  3. Follow-up with the grant officer after you file your application.
The Business Library at Columbia University offers extensive resources about nonprofit organizations:

The Sponsored Projects Administration at Columbia also provides a Sources of Funding page on its website:

TIP: Doctoral students are more likely to find funding than Masters-level students.

TIP: Build a collaborative team with members whose talents and interests complement your own.

TIP: Ask faculty for help or sponsorship.

TIP: Most grants are limited to U.S. citizens; consult the individual embassy for opportunities for non-US citizens

Teachers College Student Grants:

Office of the Provost and Dean of the College

†††† The Dean's Grant for Student Research:†

Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community††

†††††† The Vice President's Grant for Student Research in Diversity:†

†††††† The Vice President's Grant for Diversity and Community Initiatives:

†Fellowships Database:

Studentís Guide to Finding Funding prepared by the Teachers College Office of Sponsored Programs:

Grants for Individuals prepared by the Michigan State University Libraries:

Assistance With The Funding Process:

For a useful guide to grant writing for students, see Victoria Lebron's PowerPoint presentation in the library's social archive PocketKnowledge:

For assistance finding grant opportunities, schedule a consultation with a Teachers College Librarian:

For assistance searching for foundation funding, Ask A Librarian at the Foundation Center:

For assistance applying for and administering grants, contact the Teachers College Office of Sponsored Programs:

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