Graduate Funding

Graduate Funding sources at Western Michigan (see our official page)

Graduate Assistantships at WMU: The Graduate College’s information page regarding the different kinds of grad funding we offer, including assistantships for teaching, research discovery, and research application.

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Awards and scholarships

Financial assistance programs offered by other WMU offices

External Funding Sources

NSF — Graduate Research Funding Program: The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity.  The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions (description excerpted from NSF-GRFP website).

Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship: The Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship Award supports advanced doctoral students who are completing dissertations that further the understanding of the educational pathways and experiences of high-achieving, low-income students. Dissertation fellowships are intended to support the doctoral student for work done after the student’s dissertation proposal has been successfully defended. Applications are encouraged from a variety of disciplines such as, but not limited to, education, sociology, economics, psychology, statistics, and psychometrics. The fellowship is a one-time award of up to $25,000, which may be used for a period of not less than nine months and up to 18 months, beginning in June 2013.  Award decisions are announced in May (description excerpted from Jack Kent Cooke Dissertation Fellowship website).

AAUW American Fellowships and Grants: American Association of University Women: American Fellowships support women scholars completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication. Recipients must be United States citizens or permanent residents (description excerpted from AAUW website).

National Research Council Research Associateship Program: The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 – $75,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience and graduate entry level stipends beginning at $30,000 and higher for additional experience. The awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S. Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals. Applicants should contact prospective Adviser(s) at the lab(s) prior to the application deadline to discuss their research interests and funding opportunities (description excerpted from WMU Grad College funding website).

National Endowment for the Arts Grants: Governmental funding for arts projects. Direct awards to individuals are made only through Literature Fellowships, NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships, and NEA National Heritage Fellowships in the Folk & Traditional Arts (description excerpted from NEA website).

National Endowment for the Humanities Grants: Governmental funding for humanities projects.

Mellon / ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships: Humanities and Social Sciences dissertations

Boren Fellowships (from their website: Boren Fellowships provide up to $30,000 to U.S. graduate students to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency. Boren Fellowships support study and research in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. interests, including Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded.)

External Funding Databases and Compendia

MSU Libraries List of Graduate Scholarships, Fellowships, and Loans: a fantastic list of external funding sources in all disciplines; also links to other databases

Cornell University Grad School Fellowships Database: a searchable database including external funding sources, open to non-Cornell graduates

Fundsnet Services (from their website: Fundsnet’s purpose is to help spread the word about grants programs initiatives, fundraising programs, philanthropy, foundations and 501(c)(3) non-profits organizations sources by posting related links on this site. We do not offer grants opportunities and we do not provide personal financial assistance but a lot foundations, organizations and private companies do, so we dedicate this site to post such resources on one place making such grants initiatives and resources easier to find for those 501(c)(3) organizations in need of a grant opportunity program to accomplish their philanthropic efforts and missions.)


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