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

RESEARCH GRANTS

SCHOLARSHIPS

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. 


2. Foundation Directory Online

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


3. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online

  • 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.


4. 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.


5. Current Projects prepared by the Teachers College Office of Sponsored Programs

  • 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:


10. Cornell University Graduate School Fellowships Database


11. Basic tips and strategies from the Teachers College Office of Sponsored Programs


12. Grants for Individuals prepared by the Michigan State University Libraries


Assistance With The Funding Process