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Grants and Related Resources: Grants for Individuals

A compilation of resources for grant and financial aid seekers.


Foundation Directory Online Professional. Funding database created and maintained by the Foundation Center. Provides access to detailed profiles on over 140,000 funders, including private foundations, corporate foundations, corporate giving programs,  public charities and U.S. government agencies. Updated weekly. Also provides information on grant recipients, over 8 million recently awarded grants, and over a million recently filed IRS Forms 990 and 990-PF.  Available across all MSU IP Ranges and to anyone with a current MSU NetID and password.  Non-affiliated visitors can request access at the Main Library Reference Desk or utilize Foundation Directory Quick Start, a limited version of the database (free registration required).

Foundation Grants to Individuals Online : Find information about 10,000 foundation profiles at your fingertips, including foundation and public charity programs that have funded individual grantseekers for everything from scholarship opportunities to research needs. Updated weekly.  Available only in the Main Library.

GrantSelect : An extensive online grants database owned and operated by Schoolhouse Partners, and it contains more than 16,000 funding opportunities provided by more than 5,100 unique sponsoring organizations. Also provides a selection of funding news.  Note : access restricted to the MSU community, other subscribers, and visitors the MSU Main Library.

MSU Scholarship Search : MSU offers a wide variety of scholarships, some of which have criteria which severely limit the number of students who might be eligible for the scholarship, while others have much broader criteria. This facility should help you find those MSU scholarships for which you might be eligible. You can search either by unit (College/Department) within the University or by criteria such as major/specialization, Michigan county of permanent residence, high school, or study abroad.

Academic Works Coming Soon to MSU (November 2017). : The official benefits website of the U.S. government, with information on over 1,000 benefit and assistance programs.

Additional Resources Worth Checking

Professional Organizations. If you are a member of a professional organization, chances are that it produces a list of fellowships and awards.  Sometimes the organization provides free access; sometimes access is restricted to members only.  .

Professional organizations also usually sponsor fellowships (especially for research) and awards (especially for travel, including travel to their conferences).

Check out the following examples:

Other universities.  Many universities share information on funding sources for their faculty and students.   Here is a short list of examples:

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