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External Resource List
A singular source of funding announcements for federal grant opportunities.

Funding Institutional
Virginia Tech provides faculty and students access to Funding Institutional, an intuitively organized, easily searchable database of more than 11,000+ funding bodies and 20,000 funding opportunities, in both the public and private sectors.

Philanthropy News Digest
A news service of the Foundation Center providing funding announcements offered by foundations and other grant-making organizations. 

Words of Mouth
Words of Mouth shares opportunities for employment, support, and collaboration across art, design, tech, research and not-for-profits. See the archive here. To subscribe to the email listserv, click here.

Virginia Tech students and faculty can be added to an email listserv distributing research funding opportunities. The list is compiled by the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA). Email Pamela Starkey at pams [at] to sign up.

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American Council of Learned Societies
ACLS Digital Extension Grants
Supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences to help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages.

Ford Foundation
Fellowship Programs
Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the ethnic and racial diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties, maximize the educational benefits of diversity and increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Predoctoral, Dissertation and Postdoctoral fellowships are awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation.

Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to strengthen, promote and defend the centrality of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the wellbeing of diverse, fair and democratic societies.  To this end, its four core programs support exemplary and inspiring institutions of higher education and culture: 

Higher Education and Scholarship in the Humanities
Arts and Cultural Heritage
Scholarly Communications
International Higher Education and Strategic Projects

National Science Foundation (NSF)
Special Programs for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

NSF sponsors a broad range of research areas under its various directorates. Several grants and fellowships are available to students. Deadlines and application requirements vary depending on the directorate offering the award. While some applications have specific deadlines, others are accepted on a rolling basis. 

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
NEH offers a variety of grant programs to individuals and organizations conducting the highest quality work to promote the humanities.

William T. Grant Foundation
The William T. Grant Foundation invests in research focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States.