The Graduate School provides funding for students throughout their regular program length. In 2014 the graduate school put together an excellent presentation about funding and how to understand your paycheck. It also discusses taxes, which can be complicated. Although most funding from the University that does not cover tuition or educational expenses is taxable, the university may not withhold takes from your paycheck. In particular, domestic students who are on fellowships will likely have to pay quarterly estimated taxes to the IRS to avoid paying a penalty at the end of the year.
In addition to Fellowship opportunities, there are a variety of external databases where graduate students can seek funding for specific research projects:
- Federal Grants Database. This website is a comprehensive and searchable datbase of all federal research grants. In addition to browsing by category and agency, you can use keyword searches and email alerts to ensure you have up-to-the-minute information about grant opportuniteis relevant to your research.
- Foundation Center. This website houses a database of a variety of private grant-making organizations.
- Community of Science. The Community of Science is a subscription service available to NetID holders through the University. Their website has a database that includes sources of research funding for graduate students. It is primarily useful for those in the social, natural, and applied sciences.
While all departments should have some funds available for graduate student travel to academic conferences, the Dean’s Fund for Scholarly Travel provided University-wide travel funding that are dispersed quarterly. More informations is available from the Graduate School.
All applicants must be presenting a paper that represents their own work; presenting a poster or serving as a panel discussant alone are not sufficient to qualify applicants for these funds. Students in the humanities and social sciences, and those students further along in the program are given priority. Maximum awarded funds are $600, which will be reimbursed through stipend checks.
Certain schools and other institutes may have their own travel award programs (eg. SEAS Graduate Travel Fund).
Finally, don’t forget to investigate whether student travel support is available directly from an academic conference. Such funds are usually limited and available by request, so investigate early!