Searching for Funding for Graduate Study & Research

October 5, 2011, African American and African Diaspora Studies, with Dr. Micol Seigol

There is no single, best source for learning about funding opportunities, and locating places with the information most relevant to you is an ongoing project in itself. This isn’t the most exciting part of academic work, but persistence and creative thinking can pay very well.

I encourage you to continue using Pivot (and IRIS) to search for potential funding sources, and to use a variety of search strategies. Generic searches will not always yield the most relevant results for you: you need to strategize about what intersecting discplines and interests will be productive. Because AAADS is interdisciplinary by nature, each of you should narrow your searches based on your particular disciplinary or conceptual orientation. Those using ethnographic methods should select keywords like *anthropology, *ethnography, *culture, etc. Those interested primarily in the performing arts should use the terms in that category of the Pivot keyword list, but perhaps also keywords like *history and appreciation of music, *American history, *popular culture, *film or cinema or video. Etc. It takes time and experimentation to figure out the search terms that will work best for your particular endeavors. Remember that you are looking for funding agencies whose interests intersect with some part of your research/studies, so use terms that will help you find THEM.

And you are always welcome to make an appointment at the GGC for help identifying additional funding opportunities–individual, tailored searches are our specialty! but we need to have a meaty conversation with you about your project in order to create effective searches.

For graduate coursework, there are some grant opportunities in the databases (which I have sent to you via Pivot). But the most typical ways of funding coursework at IUB are through IU internal fellowships (the Wells Graduate Fellowship is due on Nov. 11, for example, and all doctoral and MFA students are eligible to apply for this $33, 000 award) and through assistantships. To make sure you know about these opportunities, follow up on all of the suggestions in the Prezi below: know the resources in your department, school/college, graduate school, OVPIA, etc.; make sure you’re on the right e-mail lists; sign up for the RSS feed for Grad Grantline News here at the GGC.

The prezi file (a PowerPoint alternative, free for educators) from this class presentation is below. You can progress through the slides in order, but you can also zoom in and out and click to any location in the material. The links and webpages should be active–please let me know if you have any trouble accessing the information you want.

Contact us any time for assistance and feedback on grant proposals of any kind.



COS Pivot Search Field Descriptions.
This document lists all of the fields in the COS Pivot database–everything you need to know to get the most out of your searches

Access Pivot here.


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