Check with your Department about funding opportunities.
Consult the website 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:
ENDOWMENT OF RESEARCH
FEDERAL AID TO RESEARCH
GRANTS IN AID
PROPOSAL WRITING FOR GRANTS
PROPOSAL WRITING IN HUMAN SERVICES
SCHOLARSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, ETC.
To search by subject: Click on the Subject tab in EDUCAT; select Subject from the dropdown menu in CLIO.
Use These Databases To Identify Funders:
1. 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.
- The nation's leading online funding research tool that open U.S. foundations to public view.
- Usage tips Allow time to search for potential funders.
- 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.
- Search for overlap between the officers of the foundation and the officers and faculty of Teachers College.
- Discretionary grants to organizations, agencies, and individuals. These are awarded using a competitive process. Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements can apply.
- Establish a personal relationship with the funder:
- Discuss your project with the grant officer before you apply.
- Consult the grant officer while you prepare your application.
- Follow-up with the grant officer after you file your application.
7. The Business Library at Columbia University offers extensive resources about nonprofit organizations
8. The Sponsored Projects Administration at Columbia also provides a Sources of Funding page on its website
- Doctoral students are more likely to find funding than Masters-level students.
- Build a collaborative team with members whose talents and interests complement your own.
- Ask faculty for help or sponsorship.
- Most grants are limited to U.S. citizens; consult the individual embassy for opportunities for non-US citizens
9. Teachers College Student Grants:
- Office of the Provost and Dean of the College
- Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community
Assistance With The Funding Process
- For a useful guide to grant writing for students, see Victoria Lebron's PowerPoint presentation in the library's digital 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