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Funding from The Graduate School

Click here for information about awards from The Graduate School at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Student Assistantships, Grants, and Scholarships

Dissertation Fellowships


Funding Databases

InfoEd Global SPIN

SPIN is a comprehensive database containing over 40,000 funding opportunities from more than 10,000 federal, public, non-profit, and private sponsors. Users can search SPIN anonymously, or can create accounts and save search preferences, sign up for e-mail notifications, and organize and export funding searches and opportunities. We recommend that students filter their search results at least by Applicant Type (master’s or doctoral/terminal degree student), Project Type (dissertation, fellowship, student scholarship, etc.), and Citizenship.



Strive is a scholarship and fellowship database with over 1,000 funding opportunities and editable filters to help users narrow their search. It is managed by the Office of Distinguished Scholarships here at UNC. Strive includes funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students; it is recommended that graduate students filter their search results by selecting Graduate School/Research in the Award Type category.



ProFellow is a funding database with over 1,000 listings and editable filters including citizenship, location, and discipline. Each listing includes relevant keywords that may be used in future searches as well as several related funding opportunities that may be of interest. In addition to providing a funding database, ProFellow also runs a blog which features content with tips for writing winning research proposals, lists of fellowships within certain disciplines, guides for creating a competitive fellowship application. ProFellow requires users to make an account in order to access the funding database. Anonymous users can access the blog portion of the site.


Embark Carolina

Embark Carolina is a new, dynamic resource that is a part of UNC’s effort to open access to global opportunities so students can pursue more diverse experiences. Explore the Global Guide to find an opportunity and search the Funding Finder to fund it.


Funding Information Portal

The Funding Information Portal is a collection of databases and other resources selected to help UNC graduate students find and apply for funding opportunities.


UNC-Chapel Hill External Award Winners

The UNC-Chapel Hill External Award Winners page features a list of external awards won by UNC graduate students beginning in 2007. Entries are organized according to academic year, department, student name, and the name and sponsor of the award.


Successful Proposals Collection

This collection of winning award proposals serves as a reference for UNC-Chapel Hill graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the process of applying for funding for research or advanced study. It can be accessed with a valid ONYEN.


Office of Distinguished Scholarships 

The Office of Distinguished Scholarships (ODS) is available to advise students on applications, suggest interviewing strategies, and put you in touch with faculty members who can assist with writing project proposals.