Student Funding Sources


College of Arts and Sciences funds—WMU’s College of Arts and Sciences maintains a list of awards, scholarships and financial aid available to its students whose majors are in humanities, social sciences and sciences.

Wesustain Internship Program—WMU offers a semester-long, paid, discovery-driven opportunity for students to gain practical experience with on- and off-campus sustainability projects.  

Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Excellence Award—The Office of the Vice President for Research provides undergraduate students at WMU with opportunities to take part in mentored research or creative activities with an externally funded faculty member or faculty member actively seeking external funding. Please note major revisions to the 2018-2019 academic year program.  

Previous winners

View WMU’s Undergraduate Research Excellence Awardees.


External student funding sources

External support for Western Michigan University student researchers is available from a number of agencies providing grants. Below is a sampling of those and other external funding resources. Once a funding source has been identified, the Office of the Vice President for Research can help with proposal development. Contact a research program officer for assistance.

Recommended external database searches

American Council of Learned Societies—a database of fellowships in arts and humanities.—A source for all federal grants.

GrantSearch—Maintained by the Grants Resource Center, GrantSearch contains more than 1,500 funding opportunities that support academic activities such as research, education, training, fellowships, program or curriculum development, and equipment acquisition. Contact a research program officer for information on accessing this database.

Pathways to Science—Maintains a database of undergrad and graduate opportunities.

University of California Los Angeles—Maintains a helpful database of graduate and postdoc funding sources, fellowships and internships.

Zintellect—A listings of internships, experiential learning opportunities, academic fellowships and scholarships funded by government and private-sector organizations. These programs are administered by Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

Graduate School Scholarship SearchSallieMae data base of scholarships.


External student funding opportunities

Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF)—National Science Foundation. Deadline: second Wednesday of Sept. annually.  

Graduate Student Fellows Program—American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Inc. Deadline Sept. 21 annually.

National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)—National Institute of Health Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Rolling application dates of April 8, Aug. 8, Dec. 8 annually.

Early American Studies:  
Research Grants—Early American Industries Association. Supports graduate student projects relating to the preservation and presentation of early-American historic trades. Application deadline:  March 15 annually.
Dissertation Fellowships—The Library Company of Philadelphia. Application deadline:  March 1 annually.  

Dissertation Fieldwork Grant—Wenner-Gren Foundation. Application deadline:  May 1 and Nov. 1 annually.

Educational Funding and Awards—AAUW-The American Association of University Women. Various rolling deadlines for multiple programs.

e-team program—Venturewell. Rolling deadlines in May, Feb., Oct. annually.

Fellowship and Grant Opportunities—John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. To support use of library archival materials. Application deadline: most due Aug. 15 annually. Some variances for individual grants. 

Fellowships, Research and Program Grants—American Psychological Foundation. Search for student and graduate opportunities. Various application deadlines.

Gerald R. Ford Scholar Award—for dissertation research. Application deadline March 31 annually. Also research travel grants application deadline March 15 and Sept. 15 annually.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program—National Science Foundation. Various October deadlines depending on program of study.

Grants for Health Services Research Dissertation Program (R36)—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Hyde Graduate Student Research Grant—awarded to doctoral psychology students to support feminist research. Deadlines March 15,  Sept. 15 annually. 

Institute of Management Accountant - Doctoral Student Grant Program—Assoc. of Accountants and Financial Professionals. Various doctoral student grants with various deadlines.

International Research Experiences for Students—National Science Foundation 18-505.  Supports international research and research-related activities for U.S. science and engineering students. Application deadlines: Track I second Tuesday in Sept. annually; Track II third Tuesday in Sept. annually; Track III fourth Tuesday in Sept. annually.  

Michigan Space Grant Consortium—Offers research and public service fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students at affiliate institutions in aerospace, space science, mathematics, and other science- or engineering-related fields as well as to students working on educational research topics in mathematics, science or technology.

National Science Foundation for Graduate Students—Multiple specific graduate student opportunities.

National Science Foundation for Undergraduate Students—The Research Experiences for Undergraduates program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.

The National Academies of Sciences Engineering Medicine—The academies offer several fellowships in science, engineering and medicine.

The National Academies of Sciences Engineering MedicineThe academies offer several research associate programs in science, engineering and medicine for graduate and postoctoral students.

National Research Service Award Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32)—National Institute of Health Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Rolling application dates of April 8, Aug. 8, Dec. 8 annually.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Senior Fellowship (F33)—National Institutes of Health. Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (F32). Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (F31). Rolling application dates of April 8, Aug. 8, Dec. 8 annually.

Research Grants—The Leakey Foundation. Exclusively funds research related specifically to human origins. Rolling deadlines of July 15 or Jan. 10 annually.

Research Grants in Social Sciences—Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy.  

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship–SURF, sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, offers a listing of summer opportunities.

Undergraduate STEM Opportunities—A gateway to government science information provided by U.S. Government science agencies, including research and development results. 

U.S. Department of Energy—Graduate Student Research Program offered by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science.