External Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students
1. NSF Dissertation Research. February 15, 2013 and annually thereafter; and October 15, 2013 and annually thereafter. The National Science Foundation's Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences (BCS), Division of Social and Economic Sciences (SES), and Division of Science Resources Statistics (SRS) award grants to doctoral students to improve the quality of dissertation research. These grants provide funds for items not normally available through the student's university. Additionally, these grants allow doctoral students to undertake significant data-gathering projects and to conduct field research in settings away from their campus that would not otherwise be possible. Proposals are judged on the basis of their scientific merit, including the theoretical importance of the research question and the appropriateness of the proposed data and methodology to be used in addressing the question.
2. The Graduate School's GrantSearch blog contains links to major funders, hosts, and articles related to external funding and writing tips, downloadable PDF files of workshop presentations and handouts, newsletters, FAQs, and more. Students can get updates via RSS feed by subscribing; or, they can "like" the Graduate School's Facebook page and access their Twitter account. Students can also make appointments for individual consultations; appointment time slots are available on the blog and Facebook page.
3. UCLA provides a clearinghouse for graduate funding opportunities.
Deadlines and links are accurate as of time of posting, January 2013. If you discover that a funding source has revised submission deadlines or that a link posted here is no longer functioning, please notify Karen Mason.