The New School for Social Research

Funding Opportunities

External Funding

  • Start Early

    The quest for external funding is generally a time-consuming endeavor. It is important to start early in the course of your graduate studies, as the application deadlines for many grants occur a year in advance of awards, much like deadlines for graduate school applications. Starting well before the deadline can help you better anticipate what you will need for a successful application. In addition, you will probably rework your applications completely several times; starting early gives you time to make revisions.

    The Provost's Office provides support to graduate students seeking external funding. Visit the website for more information.

    Follow the links in the sidebar to find sources of funding and additional funding information.

    Financial Aid

    If you haven't done so already, stop by Student Financial Services to discuss your eligibility for federal financial aid. The office is located at 72 Fifth Avenue on the lower level. To schedule an appointment, call 212.229.8930 or email

    Searchable Databases

    Looking for fellowships, scholarships, or external funding for a research project? All New School students have free and unlimited access to COS Pivot, one of the largest databases of public and private grants and awards. You can use COS Pivot both on and off campus to search for funding by discipline, amount, deadline, purpose of grant, and other filters. By creating a free profile you can keep track of your searches and any upcoming funding opportunities you may be eligible for.

    To find out more about how to get the most from COS Pivot, read our tips for advanced searching. If you need advice on how to best use COS Pivot, please direct any questions to

    Additional Free Databases


    Once you have contacted an organization and gained as much information as you can about that organization, you can begin writing your proposal. A resource you may find helpful is "The Art of Proposal Writing," a pamphlet published by the Social Science Research Council.

    By simply looking at blank application forms, you can see that the application process is long and tedious. This process requires assembling many materials, including references and transcripts. It takes a lot of thought to formulate a coherent project. Many application materials include lengthy directions for filling out the application, information about eligibility requirements, and other contractual agreements necessary for a successful proposal. Be sure you fully understand the requirements and restrictions of an application before you begin. It is very important to follow the directions meticulously when filling out the application.

    NSSR Career Services keeps on hand application forms for the National Science Foundation, Fulbright, and Fulbright-Hays, which you may want to look over even if you are not planning to apply to those institutions.

    We also keep on file the essays from selected past students' applications, applications that were successful in securing funding from organizations like DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and Fulbright. If you are planning to apply to these organizations, you are strongly encouraged to request copies and study these essays. Even if you are applying to other organizations, studying the essays will undoubtedly help you write your proposal.


    It is important to ask as many people as you can for advice about your search for funding and your proposal. Talk to your faculty advisor, other faculty members, your student advisor, fellow students, and friends.

    Your faculty advisor is one of the best sources of constructive critique of both your search for funding and the project for which you seek funding. However, since most faculty members have limited time, you will also need to seek the advice of others. Your student advisor may be able to tell you what funding agencies have previously awarded funds to students in your department and may even keep a file of successful applications from previous years. Be sure to ask.

    Fellow students may also be helpful. Consider forming grant-writing groups with your colleagues to read one another's proposals. Critical assessment from peers is an efficient way for each person to receive advice from many different perspectives. Remember that you will most likely rewrite your proposal several times before actually submitting it. Using as many reviewers as possible not only helps you catch and correct errors of grammar and spelling but can help you more objectively assess the conceptual feasibility and intellectual worth of your project.