Research & Funding

We encourage you to become active grant writers, seeking out and applying for appropriate fellowships and external grants throughout your graduate career. There are a number of resources available to assist you in finding, writing and submitting grant and fellowship applications. Good luck!


Students in all colleges who are actively working on applications should contact the Office of Grants and Fellowships via email to request a consultation:

Samantha Lee

Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships
(574) 631-2443

  • Strategic leadership in grantsmanship
  • Representative for external grant and fellowship programs
  • Manage and coordinate grant and fellowship selection processes
  • Guide students in identifying and obtaining successful extramural funding

Kathryn Sawyer

Assistant Program Director, Office of Grants and Fellowships
(574) 631-1713

  • Assist with external grant and fellowship programs
  • Assist with grant and fellowship selection processes
  • Assists students with locating, strategizing for, and winning grants and fellowships

Students applying for institutional awards, such as the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant, should contact Notre Dame Research to set up the routing procedure. Notre Dame Research is also an excellent resource for creating data management plans and grant budgets.


Internal Funding Opportunities

A number of institutes and centers on campus offer funding for graduate students to pursue additional professional development activities. The Graduate School itself maintains Professional Development Funds which can be used to support a number of activities, including conference presentations, training, and research travel.

  • The Graduate School Professional Development Awards (GSPDA) are transitioning to a new application service (Aug. 2018). In the meantime, please refer to the supporting documentation available in the GSPDA drive folder.
  • Other on-campus funding sources

External Funding Opportunities

These are the primary databases we recommend when searching for funding opportunities.

  • PIVOT is the most comprehensive national database for all types of academic funding, and has recently expanded to provide opportunities for collaboration.

Additional Resources

These are additional helpful databases maintained by other institutions.

  • GRAPES at UCLA (Graduate and Postdoctoral Extramural Support Database)

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Professional Development Events and Workshops


Submitted Proposals and Applications

If you have applied for or have won funding from an external grant or fellowship, please let us know!


Using Pivot

To create a Pivot profile:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the “Signup” button on the upper left corner
  3. Fill in all the requested information and create your account

To search for funding opportunities:

  1. Log in to
  2. Click on “Search for Funding or Scholars”
  3. Click on the “Advanced Search” tab
  4. Click on “More Search Attributes”
  5. Click on “Requirements” and select “Graduate Students”
  6. Customize your search using your specific criteria

*Please also note that the “search” button on the bottom of the page is conveniently located next to the “clear fields” button.