Finding funding for your research is an important part of being an academic. Developing the skills necessary to find, apply for, and receive grants will not only help you as a student but will also continue to be valuable as you embark on a career. It is also essential for graduate students to learn about how personal finance matters such as loans, credit, insurance, and taxes uniquely affect them as a student.

Key People to Know

Liliana Garcia, Funding Peer

Getting Started

Knowing where to start your funding search and staying up to date can be daunting. Here you can familiarize yourself with the funding process with workshop materials created by the Funding Peer and get a sense of what opportunities are out there by searching funding databases.

Have questions? 

 Look out for "Finding Funding" workshops hosted by the Funding Peer throughout the year!

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Learn About The Funding Process

Funding Databases

UCSB Pivot 

Searchable funding database of 25,000 records representing over 400,000 individual funding opportunities from numerous sponsors across all disciplines. Learn how to use here!

UCLA Grapes

Extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

National Science Foundation (STEAM)

Funding database for research areas in Biological Sciences, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Education and Human Resources, Engineering, Environmental Research and Education, Geosciences, Integrative Activities, International Science and Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

Pathways to Science (STEM)

Search 1,200+ fully funded STEM programs and funding opportunities nationwide.

Grant Forward

Federal and private funding opportunities in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.


Search 1,000+ professional and academic fellowships.

Funding Application Writing Resources

Academic, Professional, and Technical Graduate Writing Development Director Robby Nadler offers workshop series and individual consultations to give feedback on a variety of funding applications, including but not limited to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program and the Ford Foundation Fellowships.

Check out the Writing Resources page for more information.

Grants and Grant Writing Guide

UCSB Library:

Grant information, templates and guides, and grant examples. 

Proposal Writing Short Course

Free online guide and webinar (paid module options available) to learn how to write a funding proposal.

Foolproof Grant Template

Step-by-step guide to writing a successful grant from Dr. Karen Kelsky of “The Professor Is In.”