Funding Opportunities

Museum Resources

Invertebrate Paleontology - Jon L. and Beverly A. Thompson Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Invertebrate Paleontology - Drs. Emily H. and Harold E. Vokes Grants-in-Aid for Collection-based Research

Invertebrate Paleontology - The Florida Paleontological Society's Gary S. Morgan Student Research Award

Invertebrate Paleontology - R. Jerry Britt, Jr. Paleobiology Scholarship

Invertebrate Zoology - Grant Resources

McGuire Center for Lepidoptera & Biodiversity - Funding Opportunities

Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Genetics Lab - Grant Resources

Panama Canal Project (PCP-PIRE) - Graduate Assistantships

Vertebrate Paleontology - Miss Lucy Dickinson Fellowship

Vertebrate Paleontology - Ken Ericson Scholarship

Vertebrate Paleontology - International Travel Grants to Study the Collection


University of Florida Resources

UF Graduate School Financial Aid

UF Graduate School Financial Aid Bulletin Board

UF Office of Research External Funding Opportunities

UF Honors Program Domestic & International Fellowships for Undergraduates & Graduate Students

UF Student Financial Affairs Aid Programs

UF Libraries Grant Resources

UF Office of the Provost – Graduate Initiative

UF International Center – Financial Aid

UF Tropical Conservation and Development Field Research Grant – for UF graduate students

UF Graduate Student Council Travel Grants

UF Graduate Student Travel Grants

UF Office of Research Graduate Student Travel Funds


COS Funding Opportunities Database

Students are encouraged to register on (free for UF faculty, students and staff). This funding opportunities database is particularly useful for graduate students because searches can be targeted to specific disciplines and types of funding (e.g. dissertation research, graduate studies, etc.). Once appropriate search parameters are identified that produce good results, the user can save the search to his/her workbench and re-run it periodically to check for new opportunities. Or, the user can click on the funding alert box and new results from this search will be sent in an email every week. Those interested in learning more about how to use COS can access COS training resources.


Support for Travel, Field Work and Collections Study

AMNH Grant Opportunities
Research grants for students

Francois Michonneau with sea cucumbers

Doctoral student Francois Michonneau received a $15,000 NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement grant to study sea cucumber speciation.

Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grants

Earthwatch Institute
Supporting scientific and environmental research

Explorer’s Club Student Grant
Supporting graduate student research

Explorer’s Club Youth Activity Fund

Lewis and Clark Fund for Exploration and Field Research

National Geographic Young Explorer’s Grant
Non-traditional funding for young scientists and explorers

Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) Research Fellowship
Short-term field research

Pamela and Alexander F. Skutch Research Award
Grants for bird life history studies
Crowdfunding for science

Phipps Conservatory Botany In Action Fellowship
Supporting student botanical research

Scifund Challenge –
Crowdfunding for science

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
For student research

Smithsonian Postgraduate Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections Program

Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) Short Term Fellowship
Short-term field research

Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Grants in Herpetology Program

Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grants in Anthropology


Graduate Student Support

Advanced Fuel Cycle Initiative University Fellowship Program

Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Fellowship Program in Institutional Research

American Heart Association/Greater Southeast Affiliate – Predoctoral Fellowships

Environmental Protection Agency Fellowships

Fannie & John Hertz Foundation – Hertz Foundation Fellowships
For graduate work leading to the PhD in applied physical, biological and engineering sciences

Florida Sea Grant Student Fellowships, Scholarships and Awards

Florida Space Grant Consortium – Space Grant Fellowships

Ford Foundation – Diversity Fellowships: Predoctoral Fellowships

Institute of International Education (IIE) - Fulbright Awards for Study/Research Abroad
All disciplines, all levels of graduate study before the PhD; foreign language proficiency required

International Research & Exchanges Board Individual Advanced Research Opportunities

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation - James Madison Graduate Fellowships
For graduate study leading to a master’s degree; for students who plan to become teachers of American history, American government or social studies at the secondary school level

McKnight Doctoral Fellowships

Microsoft Research Graduate Women’s Scholarship

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) – Graduate Fellowships
Master’s and doctoral

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – National Estuarine Research Reserve Graduate Research Fellowships
Master's & doctoral

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program
Master's & doctoral studies in oceanography, marine biology or maritime archaeology

National Physical Science Consortium – Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences
Traditional Fellowships/1st 2-3 yrs + up to 3 more years with satisfactory progress

National Science Foundation - Graduate Research Fellowship Program

National Science Foundation – Information for Graduate Students

National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Information about Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Individual Fellowship Funding Opportunities

NASA Aeronautics Scholarship Program

NASA - Graduate Student Researchers Program

NERRS Graduate Research Fellowship Program
NOAA-supported fellowships for graduate study in the National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Paul & Daisy Soros Foundation – Graduate Fellowships for New Americans

SMART (Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation) Program Fellowships
Established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines

SPICE – Science Partners in Inquiry-Based Collaborative Education
Graduate assistants work in the classroom with middle school teachers to guide students on an exploratory quest about Ecosystem Health

United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation – NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Predoctoral Fellowship Program
Awarded to support graduate students in their pursuit of advanced degrees in the STEM disciplines

U.S. Department of Education (U.S. ED) – Jacob K. Javits Fellowships
MFA or PhD in selected fields of the arts, humanities and social sciences

U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) - National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowships

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) – Computational Science Graduate Fellowships

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) – Graduate Fellowships
For students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) - Early Doctoral Student Research Grant (EDSRG) Program


Dissertation Support

AAUW Fellowships and Grants

Association for Institutional Research Dissertation Grants

Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships

Ford Foundation – Diversity Fellowships: Dissertation Fellowships

Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation – Dissertation Fellowships
For research to understand and reduce violence, aggression and dominance

Kauffman Foundation Entrepreneurship Dissertation Fellowship Grants

Link Foundation Energy Fellowships

Mellon/American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) – Dissertation Completion Fellowships
Open to Ph.D. students writing dissertations in the humanities and related social sciences

Morris K. Udall Foundation – Environmental Public Policy & Conflict Resolution Ph.D. Dissertation Fellowships

National Physical Science Consortium – Graduate Fellowships in the Physical Sciences
Dissertation Support Program up to 4 yrs

National Science Foundation – Developing Global Scientists and Engineers (International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) and Doctoral Dissertation Enhancement Projects (DDEP)) Grants
Available in some disciplines, primarily for field research in the environmental, behavioral and social sciences

U.S. Dept. of Education – Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) - Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant (DDRG) Program

U.S. Dept. of Justice/National Institute of Justice – Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation – The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
for significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences

Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation – Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies