414 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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WARA 2022 West African Research Center Travel Grant for African Scholars

 The WARC Travel Grant provides travel costs up to $1,500 and a stipend of $1,500. Travel grant funds may be used to: attend and present papers at academic conferences held on the continent of Africa  visit libraries or archives ... more details

  •  Grant
  •  17-Oct-2022
  •  Worldwide
  • $$  Varies

ECMC Foundation Grants for International Students in USA

The ECMC Foundation will provide education funds to high-potential applicants for the academic year 2022/2023.... more details

  •  Course
  •  ECMC Foundation applications accept Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) on a rolling basis.
  •  United States
  • $$  Education funds

Carmignac Photojournalism Award (€50,000 grant)

Selected by an international jury, the laureates receive a €50,000 grant to carry out a 6-month field report with the support of the Fondation Carmignac, which produces, upon their return, a travelling exhibition and the publication of a mono... more details

  •  Grant
  •  17-Oct-2022
  •  Worldwide
  • $$  €50,000 grant

Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants for International Students in Canada

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation will provide the amount of CAD 17,000. Subsequent grants are worth CAD $20,000 each. Grants are made directly to the beneficiaries, not to or through other organizations.... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  The Foundation welcomes applications throughout the year; there is no application deadline.
  •  Canada
  • $$  CAD $17,000 to CAD $20,000

SFI Supplemental Grants for Displaced Ukraine Researchers, Ireland

Eligible costs in this scheme include:These supplemental grants will be provided for a maximum period of 1 year and a minimum of 3 months.Salary-related costs for research staff.Materials and consumable costs up to a maximum of €2,000.A contribution ... more details

  •  Master
  •  01-Oct-2022
  •  Ireland
  • $$  Salary

International Graduate Student Grants at Saint Martin University, USA

The applicants selected by Saint Martin’s University will be awarded a sum of $5,000 to pursue the applied graduate degree programme.... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Applications must be submitted by 1st December 2022, for the Spring semester intake.
  •  United States
  • $$  $5,000

Getty Foundation Scholar Grants

Getty Scholars may be in residence from three to nine months*: Three-month residency: September to December, January to April, April to June: $21,500 Six-month residency: September to April, January to June: $43,000 Nine-month residency: Se... more details

  •  Master, Grant
  •  03-Oct-2022
  •  Worldwide
  • $$  Varies

Grooming Centre University Grant Scheme for Undergraduates & Postgraduates

The 2022 University Grant will be awarded to 100 Undergraduate and 50 Postgraduate students who are presently carrying out their research studies in the areas of either microfinance, rural development, inclusive finance, social enterprise, MSME an... more details

  •  Bachelor, Master, Grant
  •  30-Sep-2022
  •  Worldwide
  • $$  Varies

Humane Studies Graduate Sabbatical Grants for International Students in USA

The Institute for Humane Studies will provide up to $15,000 to postdocs to buy out teaching responsibilities for a semester.... more details

  •  Grant
  •  Not Specified
  •  United States
  • $$  $15,000

TIGER Master Excellence Grants for International Students in France

Aix-Marseille University will provide the selected students a sum of up to €10,000, a room for them in a CROUS university residence, and companionship from the university throughout their study.... more details

  •  Master
  •  Not Specified
  •  France
  • $$  Tuition fee

College of Social Sciences International Deans Grants in UK

The University of Glasgow will provide a tuition fee discount grant of £10,000 per year of study for the academic session 2022/2023.... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  01-Apr-2023
  •  United Kingdom
  • $$  Varies

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International Student Grants at Touro College Israel

The selected candidates will be provided this grant towards the tuition fee of any undertaken degree programme at Touro College Israel.... more details

  •  Bachelor
  •  01-Oct-2022
  •  United States
  • $$  Tuition fee

Texas Global Faculty Research Seed Grants in USA

A research seed grant of up to $10,000 will be provided to the successfully selected candidates by the University of Texas at Austin.... more details

  •  Bachelor, Master, PhD, Grant
  •  17-Oct-2022
  •  United States
  • $$  $10,000

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