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Religious Studies - Research Funding & Grants for Graduate Students: Tips and Strategies for Funding Research

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Searching and applying for grants is an ongoing process.  As an English graduate student in creative writing once said to me, he is his own secretary: once a week he sets aside a few hours to search and apply for grants.  He always had applications out there to fund his projects.

Grants are available for study, research, and creative endeavors.  There are some basic tips to keep in mind as you apply for grants.

In this guide, we provide links to online resources and locations of print sources located in the Main Library.  Also check the websites of associations and periodicals in your discipline.

As a member of DU, you can create a profile for yourself in Pivot COS. Set up profile of your research interests and you will be notified by email of funding alerts.  When you join, use your du.edu email account so that the system recognizes you as a member of our community.

As graduate students, there are challenges for finding grants, for there are fewer available to you as individuals and it takes time to find the right grant for you.

Strategies:

  •  Start early.
  •  Be aware of deadlines – these happen year round.
  •  Search for grants based on:
    • your project and area of study
    • your profile (religion, gender, ethnic background, place of birth or residence, etc.)
    • the place of where you will be researching (a particular place or library – Huntington Library or a specific society). Search the website for the institute where you wish to do research to determine if they offer grants
    • relevant associations that offer grants and other types of funding
    • relevant periodicals that post grants and other types of opportunities
  •  When you have found a relevant grant, see if there is a website for the grant to ensure you have the most current information, as well as to find descriptions of past successful awards.
  •  Determine if the amount awarded is worth the time you will have to invest applying for it.
  •   If possible, don’t apply for grants that have to be repaid.

 Good luck!

 

Advice About Submitting Grant Applications

If you want your grant application to be read and considered, first of all you have to follow this one rule carefully:

ALWAYS FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS EXACTLY!!!!

If the application states to write a 5-page essay, Times New Roman 12, 1" margins all around, double spaced, then that is exactly what you do.  Don't use a different sized font, don't adjust the line spacing to meet the 5 page maximum, and don't go over the 5 pages, even by one word.  Applying for grants is a  very competitive process, and the first thing the committee will do is eliminate all applications that don't follow the instructions.  If you don't do as directed, no one will ever read your application, even if it is the best one ever submitted.