Resources for Finding External Funding


Fellowship Opportunities Outside of UCR

There are many databases and search engines that may be used to find sources of funding outside the University. Here are some popular external fellowship opportunities to help you get started:

A full list can be found here.


Explore these Databases for More External Opportunities

Fellowship Finder 

Curated list of over 1100 grants and fellowships for graduate students maintained by the UIUC Office of External Fellowships. Searchable by field, citizenship status, stage of study, type of award, and more. 

Foundation Center’s Online Directory 

Foundation Center’s Online Directory is a nonprofit organization that gathers and analyzes data, which they compile into a listing of 140,000 U.S. Foundations. Their purpose is to share their information worldwide to empower people looking for funding. The Inland Empire United Way maintains a subscription to the Foundation Center’s online directory and makes it available FREE to the public.  This is a great resource for students and postdocs to use to search for funding. To make an appointment to visit the IEUW and use the database, a student/person should send an email to Alisa. ( 

Funding for Underrepresented Students 

Affordable Colleges Online provides a list of funding specifically for underrepresented students.  Their goal is to help increase access to post-secondary education by providing a guide on financial aid and available resources from numerous organizations, associations, and companies that share this goal. Although this site is undergrad focused, many of the opportunities are open to graduate students as well. 

Funding for Undocumented Students 

Regularly updated list from My Undocumented Life of fellowship opportunities open to undocumented students at the graduate level.


The GRAPES database catalogs extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate students, students working on a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars. It contains information on over 500 private and publicly funded awards, fellowships, and internships. Advanced search options allow users to refine their search by field, academic level, award type, award amount, and other criteria.

Lists all current discretionary funding opportunities from 26 agencies of the United States government, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, and many others. Very science and technology heavy, but there is funding in other areas as well. 

Newton’s List 

Newton’s List is a user-driven aggregate of current international funding opportunities for students and researchers working in natural and social science fields. 

NSF E-Bulletin 

National Science Foundation Update includes subscription options for Upcoming Due Dates for Funding Opportunities. These funding opportunities fall into three categories – program descriptions, program announcements, and program solicitations – and are the mechanisms NSF uses to generate funding requests. The NSF funds research and education in science and engineering through grants and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, K-12 school systems, businesses, informal science organizations, and other research organizations throughout the U.S. 

NIH Guide for Grants & Contracts 

The official publication for NIH medical and behavioral research grant policies, guidelines, and funding opportunities.  NIH Guide announcements (PAs, RFAs, and Notices) are published daily and in the weekly table of contents, which compiles links for all announcements published during the week. 

Pathways to Science 

A search for programs and funding tied to specific schools as well as independent funding. 


A huge Proquest-based database. Perform an advanced search to filter the vast quantity of information and personalize your search. For more information on how to register, visit this UCR Guide.