Professional Organizations

If you are a member of a professional organization, chances are that it produces a list of fellowships and awards. Usually, you need your member number to login.

A few examples: 

Professional organizations also usually sponsor fellowships (especially for research) and awards (especially for travel, including travel to their conferences).

Grants Associated with Collections

Olin library reference area

Find an archival collection: Archive Finder

Find a government granting agency: Foundation Center's guide to government grants

National Endowment for the Arts

National Endowment for the Humanities


GrantForward, A research-focused grants database originally the University of Illinois IRIS grant search servicgrant forwarde. You can search by subject and also create a researcher profile to showcase your research and get grant recommendations. 

WEBINAR (recorded): Setting up tailored funding searches using GrantForward 

Foundation Directory Online Largest database of funding from private foundations and corporations. Some government funding as well.  Not as easy to search for awards to individuals

Also in print: AS 911.A2 F77 (current edition in Olin Library Reference)

GRAPES (UCLA) database

Duke University Funding Opportunities database

Other online opportunities

Other Guides

New York University Libraries: Grants and Proposals. Excellent electronic guide to finding information about grants and the grant application process

‚ÄčScientific Grants & Fundingcompilation of funding sources you can search for research or training.

Other Funding Resources

American Association of University Women. (good source of information on opportunities for studying gender issues)

Federal Funding Agencies:

National Institutes of Health.

Guide to funding from various U.S. government agencies, including

  • NEH
  • Institute of Peace
  • NASA
  • Department of Education
  • National Science Foundation

NSF -dissertation improvement grants

The National Science Foundation supports graduate students!

The National Science Foundation supports DDIGS (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants) in the following areas:
*note: all NSF dissertation proposals must go through Cornell's Office of Sponsored Funding


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Do you contemplate needing to use databases while traveling?

Are you having difficulty getting access to licensed library resources? (i.e. databases, e-books, your library account)?

If so, try using PassKey. PassKey is a "bookmarklet" designed to give Cornell community members access to licensed library resources while they are away from campus.

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