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Resources for Students

Graduate students seeking external grants and fellowships are encouraged to work with their Director of Graduate Studies and/or advisor to develop effective application materials. Agencies want the best possible proposals, so you are encouraged to contact a funding agency to ask appropriate, substantive questions during the application process. Speaking with the funding agency and faculty who have interacted with the funding agency will give you special insights. 

Resources on Campus

The Graduate School Writing Center:  The GS Writing Center provides support for writing and oral presentations by offering one-on-one consultation sessions, walk-in hours, and workshops. Use their expertise and guidance in writing articles, fellowship applications, oral presentations, or even a brainstorming session to assist you with communicating your research. 

Graduate School Funding Workshops:  Go to this webpage to find upcoming funding workshops and access past workshop materials.

Graduate School External Fellowships Database: Use this database to search for external funding opportunities

SPINPlus Search System:  The university subscribes to the SPINPlus database that houses more than 40,000 funding opportunities worldwide. UMD faculty, staff and students can request a profile and then begin using the site free of charge.  Use SPIN to set up one or more sets of parameters, save your searches, download results, and set up email alerts.

UMD National Scholarships Office (NSO):  This office is located in Marie Mount Hall and they primarily support undergraduate students.  However, NSO does provide support for graduate students applying for the NSF GRFP, Fulbright, Ford Predoctoral Fellowship, and others.  Consult the NSO Graduate Student webpage for more information.

Students interested in being nominated for limited submission fellowships (Apple Scholars, Google PhD fellowship, etc...) should talk to their department to learn about the nomination process. 


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