Funding Funding as a Graduate Student
To find suitable funding agencies, start by asking your faculty mentor(s), laboratory colleagues and recent alumni about their experiences. Federal agencies, such as NIH and NSF, sponsor fellowships and career development awards. The NIH fellowships are focused on providing training for biomedical, behavioral, and clinical researchers. Other federal agencies, and nonfederal agencies, such as societies, foundations, and associations, also solicit fellowship applications. Additionally, many institutions offer internally supported fellowships as well as institutional research training grants like NIH’s T32 awards.
At Stanford University, Jeanne Heschele compiles lists of funding opportunities for graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. Email Jeanne (email@example.com, request SMART email list) to subscribe to her emails. You can also view her comprehensive lists of funding opportunities:
- Graduate students (download the Master List): http://med.stanford.edu/rmg/funding/grad_student.html
- Postdocs and Medical Fellows (download the Master List): http://med.stanford.edu/rmg/funding/postdoc_funding.html
- Stanford University Seed Funding: https://seedfunding.stanford.edu/
- Internal Funding: http://med.stanford.edu/rmg/funding/internalfunding.html
- Searchable databases (see Pivot or Foundation Directory): http://med.stanford.edu/rmg/funding/funding_database.html (Tips for searching: https://doresearch.stanford.edu/funding/tips-searching-funding-opportunities)