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External Funding

External awards are prestigious and a valuable acknowledgement of intellectual pursuit and promise. The Graduate School provides incentives to encourage students to compete for funding from institutions, foundations, and governmental agencies, as detailed below.

Writing a fellowship proposal can clarify your thinking about your research and improve your ability to communicate its essence and potential impact. The competition also can expose you to valuable feedback. Receiving a competitive external fellowship is an honor that stays with you throughout your career and can improve your professional prospects.

The Graduate School highlights the very distinguished U.S. Student Fulbright fellowship programs, which include internal and external rounds of competition.  Links and additional information on the DAAD scholarship program and the Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund Fellowships are also available.

For students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines, see the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Effective as of the 2017 competition (Fall 2016 deadlines), graduate students are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted either in the first year or in the second year of graduate school. An exception is provided for first-year graduate students who applied to the 2016 GRFP competition in Fall 2015; these individuals may apply a second time in Fall 2016, if they are otherwise eligible. 

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans are open to immigrants and the children of immigrants who are 30 or younger and entering or are in their first two years of graduate school as of the November 1 deadline. Fellows receive up to $90,000 over two years in support of their education: $40,000 in tuition support and $50,000 in stipend support. 

Look at the Graduate School's Twitter account, where we post notices of fellowship opportunities.

The University’s Office of Sponsored Projects is a “must” stop for those preparing proposals for external funding.

For tips and information on applying for external workshops, please also see a video from a previous External Fellowship Workshop.

Other Resources for External Funding

The Brown University Library offers a Library Resource Guide for Grant Resources that includes access to subscription services, such as SPIN, a database of opportunities from federal, governmental, international, private and corporate funders. These resources are accessible via an on-campus workstation with a Brown NetID and password, or off-campus by logging in through a proxy server. For assistance with off-campus access, contact Computing and Information Services.

Several other universities maintain comprehensive graduate-related funding databases. You will find some particularly good databases at CornellYaleDukeColumbiaUCLA, and MIT’s websites.

Another source is Pathways to Science

The Open Education Database offers a list of 100+ Places to Find Funding For Your Research.

External Funding Links