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Grants and Proposals: Sciences

This guide is designed to help you navigate the process of finding and applying for outside funding.

Professional Associations

Professional associations or societies in a given discipline often offer funding to students and scholars working in the field. 

Be sure to check the website of such organizations in your subject area! 

See a few select examples below:

American Chemical Society's Funding & Awards page

American Institute of Physics' Awards & Prizes page

American Society for Cell Biology's Awards page

Dissertation Awards in Support of Diversity

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Provides funding for more than 200 fellowships and grants to outstanding women and nonprofit organizations per academic year.

Ford Foundation Fellowship Program
Seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Awards are offered at the Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral levels. 

Specifically for Individuals

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online
A database for finding scholarships, fellowships, grants, and a wide range of financial support to individuals.

Funding Sources in the Sciences

Below is a select list of resources with funding opportunies in the sciences.  For discipline-specific resources, please contact your subject librarian listed here.

  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG)
    HFG welcomes proposals from any of the natural and social sciences and the humanities that promise to increase understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance. HFG awards research grants to individuals for individual projects only.  In addition to its support for postdoctoral research, ten or more dissertation fellowships are awarded each year to individuals who will complete the writing of the dissertation within the award year.
  • National Academies
    The National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council offer several fellowships and early career opportunities in science, engineering, and medicine.  Information on eligibility guidelines and application deadlines is available on specific programs' websites.
  • Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education
    This site provides listings of academic fellowships and scholarships, research experiences, sabbaticals, and internships funded by government and private sector organizations. These programs are administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).
  • Science Careers (from the journal Science)
    Provided by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to find funds for research and training in the sciences from government, non-profit, and private institutions.

  • Smithsonian Institution
    Fellowships at the Smithsonian Institution provide graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with opportunities to pursue independent research projects in association with members of the Smithsonian professional research staff.  Fellows are expected to spend most of their tenure in residence at the Smithsonian, except when arrangements are made for periods of field work or research travel.

  • Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
    Seeking to dignify the teaching profession, the Foundation offers Teaching Fellowships to encourage the most outstanding students to choose teaching as a career.  It also offers fellowships to support future leaders at a variety of career stages in the fields of foreign affairs, education, women & gender, ans religion & ethics.