Locating funding options
There is funding out there for graduate students. It is just difficult to find sometimes. This page is designed to help you to identify funding opportunities that may apply to you. But procuring funding is often an ongoing process so search often and apply to anything that looks potentially promising in order to increase the likelihood of you obtaining funding.
Office of graduate studies list of internal and external graduate-level opportunities
CWRU office of sponsored projects list of internal and external opportunities (less focused on graduate students but includes NRSAs)
Brisky Fellowship - awarded to a graduate student engaged in a doctoral dissertation examining child development, mental health/mental retardation.
Some conferences offer travel awards or may cover a portion of conference registration or travel fees if you volunteer at the conference. Look at the specific conferences that you frequent in order to see if these opportunities exist.
Endowment Sponsored Mentorship program: This program offers a 50/50 match of up to $500 (domestic) / $1000 (international) for travel expenses related to poster/paper presentations. It is a reimbursement model so you must pay for the cost of travel upfront and you will be reimbursed at a later date if you are awarded this endowment. You may only receive this award once.
GSS Verhosek Fund: This provides up to $200 for expenses related to conference presentations and up to $50 for thesis binding. This also follows a reimbursement model, meaning that you must pay the costs upfront and you will be reimbursed at a later date if you receive this award.
Community of Science portal: This page has a listing of a wide range of funding opportunities across career stages including research grants, fellowships, travel awards, MA awards, dissertation awards, etc. You can also request weekly emails of funding announcements. CWRU has an institutional subscription to this.
Private Foundations: This is a searchable list of private foundations with funding opportunities. Usually you have to search to find a private foundation with a mission that is consistent with the research that you are conducting.
NIH training grants: NIH has individual training grants that you can apply for during the predoctoral and postdoctoral phases of your career. These are called NRSAs. But it is important to determine whether the topic area that you are researching is aligned with NIH priorities. You can search the NIH reporter to see what types of projects are being funded and also speak with a program officer at NIH to discuss your ideas. Also, in order to have the best chance of receiving an NRSA, your mentor needs to have a history of NIH (or similar) funding.