List of Competitive Awards

Online Search Resources

The online databases listed below will assist you in finding competitive awards sponsored by national agencies such as private foundations and government offices. Indiana University subscribes to the first two on the list (PIVOT and Grant Forward) and you will need a valid IU username to create an account to conduct searches in their databases. The third database (GRAPES) does not require a subscription. The last in the list (Foundation Center) is more restrictive and access to it is described below. 

Students seeking funding for attending IU should visit the IU Office of Scholarships. Funding for study abroad at the Office of Overseas Study. Additional resources are described in slides 4-7 of the Powerpoint presentation on the General Advice and FAQ page.

For assistance finding awards and using the databases, students can make an appointment by emailing IUCARE will also be holding workshops during the spring months that will be listed on the calendar of events and deadlines by the end of January.


    A database of funding opportunities for faculty, administrators and students in higher education. Once you've created an account, click on "Funding" in the top left corner and then on the next screen click on "Advanced Search" to open up the fields to guide your search.

    Visit the PIVOT website

  • Grant Forward

    Similar to PIVOT and you can access with an IU username.

    Visit the Grant Forward website


    Sponsored by UCLA and stands for Graduate and Postdoctoral Extramural Support. Catalogs extramural funding opportunities of interest to prospective and current graduate       students, students working on a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation, and postdoctoral scholars.

    Visit the GRAPES website

  • ProFellow

    Find fellowships to fund graduate school, go abroad, conduct research or land your dream job.

    Visit the ProFellow website

  • Foundation Center Grants to Individuals

    You can access it at the West Information Commons in the Wells Library, at the SPEA/Business Library or in the Indiana Room at the Monroe County Public Library. While not focused on funding for students, it is a nexus of non-governmental organizations (NGO) and useful for finding funding and other opportunities (internship and employment) with NGOs.

    Visit the Foundation Center Grants to Individuals website