313 Grants and Non-Merit Scholarships

Grants and Non-Merit Scholarships

As you may already know grants are different from scholarships. When scholarships are usually merit-based or competition-based, grants are usually given to those who has a financial need or grants are directed for a particular area of study or group of people. One type of grants, like an enormous variety of federal grants from highly prestigious organizations like the NIH, the DOE, the NSF, the EPA, and NASA, are given for the schientific researches to groups of scientists working on a particular problem. Other type of grants like the Federal Pell Grant or the Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), are awarded based on the student’s demonstrated financial need. These grants typically come from the federal government, state governments and colleges and universities, but may also come from corporations, institutions and foundations.

There are actually just four main types of grant funding. We give descriptions and examples of competitive, formula, continuation, and pass-through grants to give you a basic understanding of funding structures as you do your search for possible sources of financial aid.

Competitive Funding - also known as discretionary funding, competitive funding is a process of proposal selection based on the evaluation of a reviewer or team of reviewers. Funding is based on the merits of the application, and recipients are not pre-determined.

Formula Funding. In contrast to competitive funding, formula grants are given to pre-determined recipients. Non-competitive awards are usually allocated to eligible entities according to population and/or other census criteria, and all applicants who meet the minimum requirements of the application process are entitled to receive money. In many instances, formula funds are distributed from the federal level to states. States then determine the process to be used to award funds to local jurisdictions.

Continuation funding grant programs offer current award recipients the option of renewing grants for the following year. Some programs are restricted to existing grantees only, while others invite applications from current grantees and new applicants. Often, current grantees are awarded extra points during the review process for being a current grant recipient. Since priority is often given to continuing applicants, if you are a new applicant, you should consider entering into a partnership with a currently funded entity.

Pass-Through grants are funds given by the federal government to the states for further distribution to local governments. Under this funding structure, states may disburse federal funds to eligible local jurisdictions through formula allocations or open competitions.

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Spencer Foundation Research Grants for Researchers Worldwide

Proposals to the Research Grants on Education program must be for academic research projects that aim to study education. Proposals for activities other than research are not eligible (e.g., program evaluations, professional development, curriculum... more details

  •  Fellowship, Grant
  •  01-Dec-2021
  •  Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America
  • $$  up to $50,000

SOKENDAI Special Researcher Grants for International Students, Japan

The selected applicants will be awarded a fellowship worth 190,000 JPY per month and a research grant of 400,000 JPY per year. ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  01-Oct-2021
  •  Japan
  • $$  190,000 JPY

Study Grants 2022 for Masters and Doctorate Degrees, South Africa

The amount awarded will not exceed R20 000 for the proposed year of study. Payment of study grants for those successful applicants is made directly to the university where the applicant has indicated he/she will be studying. ... more details

  •  Diploma, Bachelor
  •  30-Sep-2021
  •  South Africa
  • $$  R20 000

EU Grant Scholarships at the University of Gloucestershire, UK

The University of Gloucestershire will provide £3,000 to the selected students towards the cost of any level degree programme of choice. ... more details

  •  Master, Bachelor
  •  Open
  •  United Kingdom
  • $$  £3,000

European Research Council Grants at University of Melbourne in Australia

The University of Melbourne will provide an award amount up to $4,000,000 to the successful candidates. Starting Grants may be awarded up to €1.5 million for a period of 5 years (pro-rata for projects of shorter duration). However, an additional €1 ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  13-Jan-2022
  •  Australia
  • $$  up to $4,000,000

ANU international grants in Regolith Science, Australia

The ANU College of Science will provide up to $5000 on the tuition fee of international students. ... more details

  •  Master
  •  30th November each year
  •  Australia
  • $$  Up to $5000

International PhD grant in Adaptive Bitrate (ABR) Algorithms, UK

Both the University of Liverpool and NTHU have agreed to waive the tuition fees for the duration of the project and a stipend of TWD 11,000/month will be provided as a contribution to living costs (the equivalent of £280 per month when in Liverpool)... more details

  •  PhD
  •  15-Oct-2021
  •  United Kingdom
  • $$  TWD 11,000/month

WDARF International Grants at Institute for Adult Learning, Singapore

The selected candidates will receive a salary, travel and accommodation costs, and coverage towards research costs up to a 20% flat rate by IAL. ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  01-Oct-2021
  •  Singapore
  • $$  Research Cost

UICC Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Cancer Study Grants, Switzerland

The selected awardees will receive a sum of $10,000 by UICC on the basis of their research plan to cover the cost of cancer research study at the host institute.... more details

  •  PhD
  •  01-Dec-2021
  •  Switzerland
  • $$  $10,000

South African Road Federation (SARF) Bursary Grant

Bursaries are awarded for study at an approved South African University or the University of Technology. Study at an advanced level is preferred, i.e. M.Sc., M. Tech. or above. However, applications at the undergraduate level may be considered in ... more details

  •  Bachelor, Master, Grant
  •  Open
  •  South Africa
  • $$  Varies

Fulbright International Research Fellowship Grants, Taiwan

The winning applicants will be awarded $7,200 to $24,000, along with a research allowance of $3,000 by the Fulbright Organisation to conduct their research study in Taiwan. ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  01-Oct-2021
  •  Taiwan
  • $$  $24,000

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International Scholarship Grants at University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, USA

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will provide tuition fees to successful candidates for the academic year 2021/2022. ... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  27-Sep-2021
  •  United States
  • $$  Tuition-fees

Global Ambassador Grant at Michigan State University, USA

The Michigan State University will provide an award amount of $7,000 annually for eight semesters. ... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  01-Nov-2021
  •  United States
  • $$  $7,000 annually for eight semesters

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