237 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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Equal Access Grants for Australia and New Zealand Students at University of Adelaide

A scholarship worth $200-$500 will be provided to the selected undergraduate students at the University of Adelaide.... more details

  •  Bachelor, Grant
  •  01-Mar-2022
  •  Australia
  • $$  $500

British Ecological Society (BES) Grants for Ecologists, Africa

Eecologists in Africa... more details

  •  Grant
  •  17-Mar-2022
  •  Africa
  • $$  Varies

One Young World Lead2030 Challenge Grant for SDG 11

The winning solution will receive: Sponsorship to participate in the One Young World Summit 2022 in Tokyo from 16 to 19 May A US$50,000 grant from Holcim 12 months of mentorship from a team of Holcim professionals. The mentorship team will ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  02-Feb-2022
  •  Worldwide
  • $$  $50,000 grant

Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) $5000 Grant, Africa

The TEF Entrepreneurship Programme is for citizens and legal residents of all African countries. Persons who run for-profit businesses based in Africa that are no older than three years. PLEASE NOTE – Selection of the applicants will take... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Not Specified
  •  Africa
  • $$  $5000 Grant

International Study Grants at Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

The applicants selected by the Manukau Institute of Technology will be provided $2,500 – $5,000 towards their degree study. Bachelor’s programmes (business and digital technologies) – $5,000 Master’s programme (digital tec... more details

  •  Bachelor, Master
  •  01-Feb-2022
  •  New Zealand
  • $$  $5,000

UNILAG School of Postgraduate Studies Trust Fund Grant, Nigeria

Modalities for Grant Disbursement Grant will be disbursed in three instalments (in the ratio 40: 40:20), which will be determined by evidence of work done. Once the grant is approved (1st tranche will be released) When the candidate i... more details

  •  Master
  •  Not Specified
  •  Nigeria
  • $$  Varies

Global Initiative Grants at California Baptist University, USA

A grant worth $10,000 per year for up to 4 years will be provided to the selected international undergraduates at CalBaptist.... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  01-Jul-2022
  •  United States
  • $$  $10,000

Warm Welcome Relocation International Grants in Australia

The students that will be selected by JCU for this grant will be given AU$2,000 towards an HDR programme at the university.... more details

  •  Grant
  •  01-Feb-2022
  •  Australia
  • $$  AU$5,000

International Enrichment Grants at HKUST Business School, Hong Kong

The students selected will be given a Grant cap of HK$10,000 to conduct their entire undergraduate studies at SBM.... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  01-Mar-2022
  •  Hong Kong
  • $$  HK$10,000

Marymount University Grants for International Students in USA

The office of Graduate Admissions of Marymount University will provide grants to the selected students to cover their education expenses.... more details

  •  Grant
  •  01-Mar-2022
  •  United States
  • $$  Tuition fee

International Grants at Miami University Graduate School, USA

The students selected to be given the grant will be provided with a 100% waiver of the international tuition fee of the applied programme at Graduate School MU.  ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Open
  •  United States
  • $$   Tuition fee 

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CBN TIES N500,000,000 Grants, Nigeria

5 top Nigerian polytechnics and universities with the best entrepreneurial ideas shall be awarded as follows: First place=N150m Second place=N120m Third place=N100m Fourth place=N80m Fifth place=>N50m. ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Open
  •  Nigeria
  • $$  Multiple prizes total 500 million Naira

University of Edinburgh Graduate international grants, UK

The University of Edinburgh provides the self-funding element of tuition fee: This is the part which you are personally paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by another scholarship, funding body, your employe... more details

  •  Master
  •  Varies according to the program
  •  United Kingdom
  • $$  Tuition fees

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