292 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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SC Need-Based Grant

If students enrolled full-time, then they may get up to $2,500 annually or if they registered part-time as a degree-seeking student at an eligible S.C. public institution, they would get up to $1,250 annually. The money of the grant is divided into... more details

  •  Bachelor, Grant
  •  Varies
  •  United States
  • $$  $2,500 annually

Aims-Carnegie Small Research Grants in Data Science, Rwanda

Eligible Countries: African students can apply for this application .Acceptable Course or Subjects: The sponsorship will be awarded in any PhD degree offered by the university.Admissible Criteria: To apply you must be: Applicants should be of Afri... more details

  •  PhD, Fellowship, Grant
  •   every two months until positions are filled
  •  Rwanda
  • $$  USD 12,000

TCA study abroad grants for American Students

Eligible students will receive between $500 and $2,000 to use toward the cost of studying abroad. financial aid positions will be awarded for programs lasting for the summer, one semester, or an academic year, as well as for university/college spon... more details

  •  Diploma, Bachelor, Internship, Grant
  •  Open
  •  All Locations
  • $$  $500 and $2,000

Alan Reddrop Research Grant for Family Business for Domestic & International Students

The university will provide the award amount of $5,000 to the successful candidates. ... more details

  •  Master, Grant
  •  Open until filled
  •  Australia
  • $$  $5,000

Abou Elenien foundation grant at Nile University in Egypt, 2019

Eligible Countries: Candidates from Egypt Acceptable Course or Subjects: Bachelor degree in any subject Admissible Criteria: An Egyptian student applying for undergraduate studies at Nile University at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences... more details

  •  Bachelor, Grant
  •  Applications are open
  •  Egypt
  • $$  Full study cost

Sponsorship Grants for Student Science Engagement and International Competitions, 2020

The Australian Government has announced a total of $7.23 million per year in ongoing funding for the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme. For this grant opportunity, up to $1.6 million is available each year. $1 million per year... more details

  •  Course, Grant, Contest
  •  Applications will close when the funding for the year runs out.
  •  Australia
  • $$  $1,000 to $20,000

Short-Term Grants Abroad at the University of Vienna in Austria, 2020

Amount of grant per month € 800 – € 2.000 (depending on the host country and study level) and if the duration of the research stay lasts longer than half a semester, students are exempted from tuition fees at the University of Vienna. Applicat... more details

  •  Fellowship, Grant
  •  15 October, 1 February, 15 May
  •  Austria
  • $$  € 800 – € 2.000 per month

The METU Study Grant for Home and International Students in Hungary, 2020

Eligible Countries: Citizens of all nationalities are eligible to apply for this grant. Acceptable Course or Subjects: The studentships are awarded to study the bachelors or masters degree program in any subject. Admissible Criteria: To be eligible... more details

  •  Bachelor, Master, Grant
  •  Open
  •  Hungary
  • $$  Get up to 50% off on tuition fee

study abroad grants for People from Myanmar

Eligible Countries: Myanmar students are eligible to apply for this grant. Acceptable Course or Subjects: The sponsorship will be awarded to study in any degree offered by the University. Admissible Criteria: Applicants must: A Myanmar citizen (wit... more details

  •  Course, Grant
  •  Open
  •  Myanmar

Rotary Peace Global Grants 2020-2021

The minimum budget for a global grant activity is $30,000. The Foundation’s World Fund provides a minimum of $15,000 and maximum of $200,000. Clubs and districts contribute District Designated Funds (DDF) and/or cash contributions that the Worl... more details

  •  Course, Master, Grant
  •  31st of may each year
  •  All Locations
  • $$  Fully Funded

TWAS PhD Seed Grant for New African Principal Investigators in Italy

The fellowship program will provide an award amount to a maximum of USD 67,700 to the successful candidates. ... more details

  •  PhD
  •  Italy
  • $$  Varies

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Corona Special Grant for International Students at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

The successfully selected candidates will receive £300 per month up to 6 months after their studies at RUB in Germany. The benefits of the support will also include individual consultation and group meetings. ... more details

  •  Master, Bachelor
  •  Germany
  • $$  £300

KDDI foundation grants for International Students at University of Tsukuba, Japan

The applicants that will win the KDDI Foundation support will be given benefits towards the tuition fee of the applied programme at the University of Tsukuba. ... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  Japan
  • $$  Tuition Fee

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