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Indiana University Bloomington

Funding Opportunities

Compiled by Stephen Friesen, December 2008

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How to think about this list. Providing a general list of upcoming funding opportunities has limited utility. Ultimately, this list only reflects my personal sense of which funding opportunities have the broadest appeal to our group of graduate students. Individual students are better served by learning to navigate online databases and seeking one-on-one guidance from the Grad Grants office. Grad Grants will tell you that a successful grant application demonstrates a nice fit between the sponsor and the individual applicant.  Obviously this list cannot guarantee such a fit on an individual basis. As a consequence this list is more helpful as a model rather than a set of exhaustive funding options. 

About the list. A couple of things about its organization: first, I have provided a template that some of you may find useful for constructing your own list. You will probably want to modify some of the categories or add others. While most of the categories are straightforward, I should qualify the "HPSC Rating" category. I rated funding organizations and libraries along two considerations: (1) their orientation toward science related interests or collections, and (2) my sense of the general interests of our body of graduate students. That means that while an organization given a one-star rating is unlikely to suit the majority of us, it may perfectly suit one or two of you. Again, this is a limitation of providing a 'general listing' model of funding opportunities: you are better served by applying your own rating of fit between the sponsor and your research project. Also in lieu of the many international graduate students represented in our department (including myself) I tried to find specific opportunities for which all of us could be eligible.

The most important feature of the list is the emphasis on funding organizations rather than simply specific funding opportunities. Because specific funding opportunities may change frequently or erratically they are not the most stable nodes of social opportunity. Funding organizations, by contrast, are more stable since they often act as a source for several specific funding opportunities. If you can find a manageable set of organizations that are especially HPSC friendly and nicely fit with your research interests, you"ll save yourself time. Better to keep up with a few well-suited organizations rather than hastily scouring the web for many less well-suited opportunities. As you construct your own custom-fit list of funding opportunities, it"s a good idea to peruse and bookmark the organizations or libraries that are the source for the individual funding opportunities. (See the American Philosophical Society links for a good case of this.)

Some navigating tips. I used the two top recommended online resources to generate my list. There is the IRIS database (http://iris.library.uiuc.edu/~iris/search.htmlhttp://fundingopps2.cos.com/). (Both can be accessed from the "online resources" link on the Grad Grants page - http://www.indiana.edu/~gradgrnt/.) On the IRIS database, the thesaurus provides a large list of subjects for which they are funding opportunities. You can find history of science and philosophy of science keywords under the heading "science" in the thesaurus. By adding these as keywords, you"ll find several of the opportunities that are already on my list. You will want to modify or replace these keyword with others better suited to your own research. Other fields are fairly self-explanatory. The Community of Science database is helpful as long as you start your search from the advanced search page. For this database, note that there are more subject fields to choose/eliminate just under the "Citizenship or Residency" field. Personally I found the IRIS database more helpful.

Bear in mind that the staff at Grad Grants can always help you navigate these databases more efficiently and effectively. You just need to book an appointment (see webpage) and they will start you on a personalized funding search program.