Graduate Students

Graduate Students

The CLA Grants Team provides this website as an informational resource for graduate students. For individual assistance with grant proposal development, please see the Writing Center. Each semester, CLA grants also offers a workshop designed to assist graduate students with funding for dissertation funding and other major projects. The day and time of these workshops will be posted on this page as they are announced.

Dissertation Funding Workshop

The CLA Grants Team occasionally offers a workshop for graduate students looking for dissertation funding. In this workshop, we cover the basics of finding funding, determining if a grant is right for you, preparing proposals, and overcoming budget and administrative hurdles. A copy of our presentation may be found here.

Workshop: Grant Funding for Graduate Students

In this workshop, you will find out more about funding opportunities available to graduate students. Learn how to use IRIS, SPIN, and Community of Science and the Foundation Directory to search for grant opportunities. Setting up email updates on specific subjects will also be covered, as well as how to find internal U of M funding sources. Resources for the course are listed on the website of the Office of the VP for Research.

Workshop: Grant & Fellowship Information in the Social Sciences

Whether you are hoping to apply for funding a new project or doing research on trends in research funding, the University and its Libraries have wonderful tools to help you. The Grant and Fellowship Information in the Social Sciences workshop begins with an overview of the current marketplace for grants, fellowships and other types of funding. Sources for researching trends and funding sources will also be covered. The workshop also provides a practical overview to help you better use the full range of resources that you might need to refine your need, study potential funding sources, etc., such as IRIS, SPIN,, Community of Science (COS) and the Foundation Directory to search for funding opportunities. This workshop is targeted specifically to those in the social sciences and education. Some resources for the course are listed on the Website of the Office of the Vice President for Research.