Student Funding



College of Arts and SciencesScholarships

College of Arts and Sciences—Research and Creative Activity Award 

College of Arts and Sciences—Undergraduate Travel Award

Lee Honors College—Scholarships and Student Support

Office of Research and Innovation—Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Excellence Award. Previous awardees of UREA.

Sustainability—Student Sustainability Grant

Sustainability—Wesustain Internship Program  

Sustainability—Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation


College of Arts and Sciences—Summer Graduate Research Assistantship Awards

College of Education and Human Development ELRT—Scholarships and Funding  

Graduate College—Student Research Grant

Graduate College—Travel Grant

Graduate College—Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Graduate College—Patricia Lee Thompson Dissertation Award 

Graduate College—George and Beatrice Fisher Gerontology Dissertation Prize  

Sustainability—Student Sustainability Grant


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 Research and Innovation 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.

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.  

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.

Fulbright US Student Program- Conduct independent research, study, or teach English abroad. Campus deadline 2nd Monday of September. Contact the WMU Fulbright Program Advisor, Michelle Metro-Roland.

Boren Awards-for intensive language study or research abroad funded by the Defense Language & National Security Education Office. Deadlines for Boren Fellowship (Graduate students) January 25, 2023 and Boren Scholarship (Undergrad) February 1, 2023. Contact the WMU Boren Campus Advisor, Michelle Metro-Roland.

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.

Family Strengthening Scholars—Administration for Children and Families. Support dissertation research on healthy marriage/responsible fatherhood policy issues. Anticipated funding estimated deadline: Sept. 30, 2020.  

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.

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 postdoctoral 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). 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.  

Science of Science: Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants—NSF 19-611. Rolling deadlines of Sept. 9 and Feb. 20 annually.  

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. 

University Student Research Challenge—NASA seeks to challenge students to propose new aeronautics ideas/concepts that are relevant to NASA Aeronautics. Deadlines:  June 24, 2020.  

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

Red notation indicates the month that ORI added this listing to the site in 2020.