Graduate Students

Getting Started

Many funding opportunities exist for dissertation work, travel to conferences, and other projects that pertain to students earning their masters or PhDs. This page contains useful guides and resources for writing grant applications, navigating UO's internal processes for grant submissions, and finding funding.

If you have questions about any of these materials or aspects of applying for grants, or would like feedback on a proposal narrative, please contact Research Development Services.

Guidance & Resources

Ways to Improve Grant-Writing Skills
Resources to support the new grant-writer learning the style and technique for this specialized writing
Specialized Proposal Prep Resources
Internal UO resources available to to improve proposals

Grant Planning & UO Processes

downloadable PDF of grant timeline

Downloadable PDF

It's essential to start early with grant planning. From start to finish, the process can take anywhere from six months to a year.

UO Grant Process Graphic

Downloadable PDF

UO's internal process can be complex. Be sure you contact the key people in your department and the central office before beginning your application.
  • Principal Investigator Status at UO: Graduate students applying to grants that are specifically geared toward students are eligible to apply with no special or extra process. But if you are seeking to be a Co-Principal Investigator with a UO Faculty as lead, there are some extra steps you'll need to take. Please see UO's Principal Investigator Policy for more details.
  • Preparing an Application at UO: If you want to take a deep dive into the application processes at UO, you can find more information on the OVPRI's webpage dedicated to preparing an application.

Videos & Articles

This collection of articles, videos and documents provide a wealth of guidance for designing, writing and submitting grant applications to a variety of disciplines and funders. Note the institutional top off policy covering tuition, fees, and health insurance applies to some nationally prestigious awards listed below, which are identified in the policy website.

Humanities Disciplines
STEM Disciplines
All Disciplines

*Indicates this is a limited submission competition.

Graduate Opportunities in the Pivot Funding Database