School of Psychology & Counseling

Financial Assistance Opportunities for Pre-Doctoral Students

Search Engines, Indexes, and Directories:

  • APA Research Psychology Funding Bulletin provides information on behavioral research funding, including private and government funding opportunities. This is a good source to start the search for external funding.
  • Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
  • CDC National Prevention Information Network includes private and government funding opportunities for community-based and HIV/AIDS service organizations.
  • N1H Guide is a searchable compilation of notices, program announcements, RFAs and RFPs for all the National Institutes of Health, and it often includes announcements from other Public Health Service groups such as the CDC.
  • Office of Minority Health Resource Center has a database of funding sources for minority health projects, as well as a funding guide.

Federal Agencies:

  • Administration for Children and Families new grant and contract announcements from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.
  • Agency for Health Care Policy and Research funding opportunities.
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research.
  • Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences broad agency announcements.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding opportunities.
  • Department of Education program announcements, listed in reverse chronological order.
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development available funding page.
  • Office of Naval Research.

Foundations and other forms of support:

  • Abbott Laboratories Fund supports educational programs and health and welfare services.
  • The Alzheimer's Association awards grants related to quality of life issues for this group and their caregivers.
  • American Federation for Aging Research administers fellowship and career development grants for research on aging.
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention awards small research grants for clinical, biological, or psychosocial research on the problem of suicide.
  • American Institute for Cancer Research supports research on the relationship between diet, nutrition and cancer.
  • Annenberg Foundation funds projects that focus on public K-12 school restructuring and reform.
  • Avon Breast Health Access Fund supports programs that educate underserved women about breast cancer and provide access to early detection.
  • Cancer Research Foundation of America makes grants for cancer prevention research and education.
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York awards major grants for the education and healthy development of children and youth, and to improve relations among people from differing racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.
  • Annie E. Casey Foundation supports policy development and service projects for disadvantaged children.
  • The Commonwealth Fund awards major grants for health care services, minority health, the well-being of the elderly, child health and international health policy.
  • Nathan Cummings Foundation supports projects that promote family-centered approaches to maternal and child health, address the needs of dying persons and their families, support a pluralistic vision of democracy, and explore contemplative practice.
  • The Charles A. Dana Foundation awards grants for brain research on human neurological diseases and disorders, and for pre-k-12 education research, especially pre-kindergarten.
  • Jessie Ball DuPont Fund supports community health and human services programs.
  • H. J. Eysenck Memorial Fund provides small grant assistance in the area of personality.
  • Fetzer group provides small grants for religious associated projects.
  • Ford Foundation awards major grants, generally for service projects in areas such as community development, human development and reproduction, human rights, and civil society.
  • William T. Grant Foundation sponsors research on the development of children, adolescents, and youth, and research to evaluate social interventions.
  • Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation supports research that increases understanding of the causes, manifestations, and control of violence, aggression, and dominance.
  • The Heinz Endowments support projects in child and youth development and family services, as well as elementary education.
  • Henry A. Murray Research Center of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has doctoral dissertation grants in the areas of adolescence and youth.
  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation makes substantial grants for research and service programs in conflict resolution and family and community development.
  • Ittleson Foundation sponsors projects helping underserved populations. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation makes large grants for health-related initiatives.
  • W. K. Kellogg Foundation makes major grants for community development programs and restructuring higher education.
  • Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Foundation supports assistance programs and research on mental retardation.
  • L. Mailman Family Foundation makes grants in the areas of early childhood development, family support, and moral development and social responsibility.
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation awards major grants for building community capacity, child and youth development, and mental health policy and research.
  • Mayday Fund makes grants to reduce the physical and psychological toll of pain and its consequences.
  • James S. McDonnell Foundation funds research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, including neuroscience.
  • McKnight Foundation funds research on eating disorders and neuroscience.
  • Metropolitan Life Foundation makes grants for substance abuse prevention, HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and programs that encourage healthy lifestyles.
  • Milkn Family Foundation supports primary and secondary education reform and medical research.
  • National Center for Responsible Gambling sponsors research in neuroscience and behavioral sciences on gambling.
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology awards clinical research grants for applied projects.
  • Francine Kee Peterson Memorial Scholarship awards small grants to African American graduate students who have an interest in the profession of psychology and in service to the community.
  • Pew Charitable Trusts make major grants in health and human services and undergraduate education reform.
  • Smith Richardson Foundation supports research on families and children at risk.
  • Fannie E. Rippel Foundation supports research and care programs for older women, as well as research related to heart disease and cancer.
  • Russell Sage Foundation funds research on the future of work, immigration and the social psychology of multicultural society.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation sponsors research on the structure of work and its effects on working families.
  • John Templeton Foundation issues specific requests for proposals in the areas of science and religion, spirituality and health, and character development.

Predoctoral Fellowships:

  • APA Minority Fellowship Program: Neuroscience Programs offers predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships in neuroscience, as well as a summer research program. Applications from ethnic minorities are encouraged, but applicants may be from any ethnic background.
  • APA Minority Fellowship Program: Psychology Programs offers clinical, research, aging and HIV/AIDS fellowships for doctoral students who are ethnic minorities or who demonstrate a commitment to ethnic minority mental health.
  • HIV Viral Load in Brain and Neurobehavioral Correlates program announcement includes National Research Service Award individual predoctoral fellowships at NIMH and NINDS.
  • National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate Fellowships are awarded for three years of study and research leading to doctoral degrees in fields of interest to the Department of Defense, including cognitive, neural and behavioral sciences.
  • National Research Council. Office of Scientific and Engineering Personnel, Fellowship Programs Unit, provides links to several predoctoral and dissertation fellowship programs, including the Ford Foundation Fellowships for Minorities.
  • National Research Service Awards: Individual Predoctoral Fellowships (NIAA, NIDA, NIMH, for research training in alcoholism and alcohol abuse, drug abuse, and mental health.
  • National Research Service Awards: Individual Predoctoral Fellowships for Minority Students (NIH), for research training in biomedical sciences, including behavioral sciences. Most of the agencies that make up NIH participate in this program.

Specialized programs:

  • Research Supplements for Underrepresented Minorities
  • Research Supplements for Individuals with Disabilities
  • Minority Travel Award Program (MTAP) (NIDDK)
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