Finding Funding as a Grad Student

Which federal and non-federal sponsors are interested in funding your idea? Learn the ins and outs of searching the Pivot database for funding opportunities specific to your area of research. ORAP Pivot expert, Emily Brashear, explains how to set up notifications, track funding opportunities, find collaborators, and share opportunities with your coworkers.

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My name’s Emily Brashear. I work in the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships. My primary job is to find funding for faculty, actually find funding for everybody. I usually don’t ask credentials when somebody contacts me to find funding for them or help them. But what I want to do today is show you the pivot database that will help you be able to take control more of the funding opportunities that you receive that might cater to what you’re looking for better than just a all out…

I don’t want to say a net. If I threw a whole big net out there, it might not be what is pertaining to what you’re looking for. So with that being said, I just want to let you know that the database that we use and let me share my screen, that might just be easier. The database that we use is pivot dot…or Pivot, which is

And with that don’t put the WWW in front of it or that will take you to a different website. You have options to sign in or log in from your WSU email. I have chosen to log in and if you start typing it auto populates, this just uses the log in that we’re all familiar with. I don’t have to remember an extra password, but on that previous page you’ll need to create a profile before you can log into WSU.

So I kind of skipped that. And so this is going to be the main page when you you guys can see my screen, correct? Will, can you see my screen? Yes. Okay. This is the main page that you will see when you get in. And there’s a few ways that you can find funding. You could type in something here and you can see my what I’ve used before is “engineering”.

We can type in “math” or “science”, something very broad and basic, and you could search this. And the the reason why if you click the search and it pulls everything up with the word “math” in it, which there’s 78 results right now, the the reason why I don’t go this route is just because this is worldwide and I want to narrow this down to just what’s in the United States.

If you are going to do research in another country, there’s a simpler way to get to that. Instead of going through all of these opportunities. So I’m going to go back one, and instead of putting “math” here, I’m going to hit “Advanced Search” over here. This takes us to a screen that we can narrow down everything we want to to find out opportunities that are more particular.

If I were to put in “math” here, it’s still going to pick up the word “math”. And then if if I put “math” or…No, that’s not a good one…Let’s do well, I’m gonna switch this to “engineering”, because you can I can think easier right now in engineering. “Engineering” and then if I do “plant”, it’s going to pick up all of the funding opportunities with the word “engineering” in it and or I should say, or “plant” in it.

So two separate things. So we’re going to get engineering from, you know, science and math like the basic I would say basic, but the typical engineering mode. But it’s also going to pick up medical engineering or the word plant, but it’s also going to pick up plant like the plants you see outside. Or it could do like steam plants or any way they use the word plant medically medical term.

So this is actually making our search larger when we’re trying to narrow it down. So instead of putting plants there, you could do a plant here and you’re going to find all the funding opportunities with the word engineering and plant in the same funding opportunities, although and I don’t know if this will generate anything, just out of curiosity, I’ll check it comes up with 7…or 60 opportunities.

Interesting. Again, it’s worldwide, so two things you can do is if we like this, this little button right here, we’re going to refine search. It takes us back to where we just were with the engineering and plant on top. If we continue down because we do want to narrow it down just to the United States, but we can see what these other options are.

You can narrow down by funder if you know you just want maybe a National Science Foundation, maybe you want the Christopher Reeve foundation, you could put the funder in here I will find money for any…I want to see what’s out there from anybody. So I’m not going to put anything under the funder tab and I’m gonna leave that blank. The amount…

If you know your project’s going to…you need at least five grand, 50,000. You can put the amount in here and you can say, I need more than and then X the amount. Right now I’m going to take…I want to see what’s out there. So I’m going to leave the amount blank. I’ll take any kind of money. Deadlines:

This is the agency deadline. So you have to take in consideration when you’re looking for funding, and this happens quite a bit. When people contact me, they’ll say, “Hey, I need summer funding and it’s April.” And so the problem is, is these are the agency deadlines. So you have to the agency deadline is going…You have to give them 3 to 6 months to select the recipient and you to receive the funding.

So sometimes it takes three months. Well, big ones, they actually do take six months plus. But then even if you receive the funding, you don’t get it automatically, let’s just say in three months. Then it has to go through the process here at WSU, which sometimes can take some time. So add another three months. So when you’re looking for deadlines, you kind of want to start.

If you’re if you’re looking for money in…what day? This is October. If we’re looking for money in, let’s say summer of 2024, you should have the deadline, January six months ahead of time if possible. Sometimes agencies only give us six weeks, which is very typical for for like the NSF National Science Foundation. They give us six weeks, six to eight

Weeks is kind of their timeline. So when you’re looking at deadlines, just keep in mind that this isn’t when you’re going to get the money, this is when the application is due, limited submission, and I’ll show you how to identify these. But this means they want one per university or there’s some sort of limitation on the call itself, meaning maybe the PI can only apply once every year.

Or maybe there’s…you can only…they only want three applications per university or one applicant. There’s there’s some sort of limitation. When you see these, we typically do about 50. We, we receive about 50 applications each year of limited submissions. And of those maybe five of them are actual competition. So when you see that that’s limited submission, don’t be discouraged that “they’ll never pick me in the whole university” because a lot of times you’re the only one that’s going to take interest in it and submit.

And I’ll show you how that process works when we get there. But I so encourage you to to apply to limited submissions. Applicant Institution Location: I don’t use this because I don’t well show opportunities for which an applicant from the selected country is eligible to apply. I don’t understand this tab as much as the need for it, because what I do is I come down here to activity location and I put in the United States so you could put Washington up here if you want.

So United States, they’re an auto populated. So if you accidentally put United Kingdom, you just click the X and it comes back the other one is if you are going to work with somebody in another country or you plan to do research in another country, you can put in as you put in Canada, it starts and you can pick individual well, I guess can just put can, but you can select Canada.

You can select any UK, any of the countries you think of Tanzania. We’ve done work there or found funding there. Again, if I don’t, I just want to see United States. I click the X next to it. Unspecified is a good one to check. This just means that the agency didn’t specify where the activity location needs to happen.

And so you kind of just have to read through the the call for proposals and determine if they actually mean United States or if they’re narrowed it down to something. Citizenship, if you want, you can put in your citizenship. If I’m looking for somebody who doesn’t have a U.S. because by putting activity location, it doesn’t automatically mean that you’re a U.S. citizen.

It just means that’s where the activities happening. But if I’m looking for funding for somebody and they have they are not a U.S. citizen, sometimes I’ll select the unrestricted or unspecified because then it’ll just encompass those agencies that don’t care who the citizen or the the citizenship of the applicant. For now, I’m just going to leave it blank, though, just to see what we get. Funding Types:

This one is if you’re looking for maybe just travel funds or you’re looking for research because you want to you know, you need funding for to fund your research for the grad students. There’s also one dissertation thesis that could assist you. I think that’s it…And then I know the travel one is popular. Scholarships, trainings that’s popular and then travel is popular.

We can also narrow this down on the next page. And so for right now, I’m just going to leave it blank to see what the big picture looks like. And then here’s the keyword. This one I usually go two ways. If I’m going to search for a word, then I don’t select the keyword because the keyword. But I’m going to delete these words fast.

These keywords are I imagine that’s like a giant file cabinet. And I’m going to pull out my file and I’m going to pick “Engineering” so I can pick the whole engineering file. Or maybe I’m looking for environmental engineering. So it’s kind of a subcategory. It’s a sub file within, but it’s more narrowed down to what I’m looking for. If you aren’t sure you can…

So like I did, I started typing in it auto populates or you can go over here to the browse button and sometimes when I’m sharing my screen, browse doesn’t show up. But I did today. If I go to the browse button and this is a rabbit hole that you might be able to go down and you can pick on, let’s just stick with engineering for right now.

And you’re like, Well, actually I am in, in Civil Engineering and I’m looking to do construction. Maybe I work for or work out of CDSC. So you can pick these individual files at any stage. If I were just to select the “Civil Engineering”, it’s going to give me all of these word or these files included. So that’s why narrowing it down also helps.

This is interesting. Let’s just see what’s out there for earthquake engineering just because I’m interested and then you can close that again. You can you can select as many as you want, close out. And you can see here I’ve got environmental engineering, earthquake engineering, a concrete structure. So I’ve selected those three files to find out what had nothing to do with plants now that I think about.

But I selected these three files to see what’s in them as far as funding opportunities. Applicant Type: I do select “Academic Institution” because it will weed out the opportunities that are available for small businesses. However, there are other options down here that you can select if it pertains to you. There’s also this career stage and this is where for this particular session I’m going to I’m well, I’m not going to yet, but I will select graduate student or pre-doc just because that is our target audience today.

But you can leave this blank because some of the things you can do is if you find one, a funding opportunity that is targeted for an early career emerging field, maybe just a you know, they want a professor with three years experience or something, whatever. This to me the conditions are you can be a co-PI underneath your advisor.

So yes, we want to just narrow down the grad student opportunities, but at the same time don’t narrow down your opportunities so much that you’re like, “I can’t find anything,” because should…being a co-PI is just equally as important as a PI on grants. And so that’s always an option. Funder Type: this is if you care that you want your money to come from maybe just private foundations or state or local government, you can select that.

Again, I’m going to take money from anyone, so I’m going to leave that blank. Country of Funder: again, I don’t care who gives me the money, but you could put like I only want to get money from the United States and you could put that in there. Then you’re thinking about like, I’ll click the X, it goes away.

Recently added means that they’ve been recently added into the Pivot database. This file again, we can find that on the next screen and I’ll show you how to. But if you just want to say, “Well, I really just want to see the ones that that were added in the last two weeks because I was here three weeks ago,” you can do so.

And then there’s this gray box down here that I strongly urge you to use with caution. It’s to exclude these opportunities. So if I go up to the bottom and search or scroll all the way down to the bottom and search and get my results, which is going to be there’s 40 results. And this is for environmental engineering or earthquake or contribute structures in the United States for academic institutions.

So I’m going to go back one step to where we were. So it’s 40. But if we were to see our 40 results and we were getting stuff from, let’s just say, location, we were getting a lot of stuff in Massachusetts, we can now exclude any funding opportunities that are pertaining to the activity location of Massachusetts. The only reason I say use this with extreme caution is because I’m afraid it might pull something out that you actually could apply for.

Also, we can if you find a funding opportunity you really like and it’s in Massachusetts or Colorado or Georgia or whatever, we can also make those collaborations for you. And so don’t weed anything out that you’re unless you’re completely sure I have used this before, so I’m not telling you not to use it, but just be careful knowing that.

And it’s just for the search criteria. So we search this. It goes back to our 40…Oh no, we’re down to 35. Why are we down to 35? Hold on. I want to see why we’re down to 35 real fast. I’m not sure why we’re down to 35. Anyway, I guess we’ll take with our 35. That’s just odd. That just happened.

So we’ll take our 35 results and on the left and how we interpret this page is here’s our results. This is a magnifying glass that’ll show you a little excerpt of the abstract and eligibility. It never tells me enough, so I end up not reading it anyway. I go…This is the name of the grant was the name of the grant is right here.

This is the funder of who’s going to pay out the money. This is the deadline and here’s the amount. And you can see that we even though we selected this in the United States, we are still going to get the Swedish Crown Krona because they probably don’t care where the research happens. They’re just going to pay you in their currency and then you have to do the currency conversion.

Here’s the British Pound. So you can see that happens. There’s also these that say, See Record, sorry, my clicker. See Record, means that they possibly are going to they have a pot of money, like $100,000, and they’re going to divvy it up accordingly. How they feel they want to. The other one is NSF is very notorious for this of putting they’ll have one call, but they’ll have three sub things underneath.

So maybe track one will be worth 100,000, and track two will be worth 50,000 and track three will be worth 10,000. So they divvied it up some of that nature. So if we go into…we’ll just go into this first one. It’s from the EPA. If you click on the title, it takes you to a little bit more information on it.

So here again is the title, the website. Go to the website for the most up to date accurate information. It’s Pivot’s job to be accurate. However, it’s drawn by computer and human. So there’s bound for errors somewhere. So the go to the website to get all the important information you can see the EPA here. If you like this funding opportunity.

Here’s one way to find out, “Well, I really like this and I want to see what more information the funder has.” If I right ,click this and open it into a new tab. It’s going to show me all of the EPA. They have 38 things out right now, and you can review that if that’s something you’re like, well, let me see what else might be pertaining to my research?

The funder…so usually when I come down here, the first thing I do is I go into the eligibility public water systems and institutes of higher education. That’s us, research institutions, that’s us. So we’re like, “Hey, I really…this applies to me.” So then I’m going to read a little bit more of the abstract and you like this and you’re like, “Well, I really do want to ensure clean and safe drinking water.”

“This is right up my alley for my research.” So you scroll down and you can see that there is a deadline. We have a little less than a month to apply, but that’s not I mean, that’s doable. That’s not out of this world to not apply. So what you can do here is then at this stage, if you’re interested in this…or in this funding opportunity, you go to the website and you read about it and see what you need include.

At this point you would want to contact your research administrator and if you’re not sure who that is and you also want to contact, if you’re a grad student, you want to contact your mentor. I don’t know what they’re calling at ground student level, but your advisor possibly and say, “Hey, I’m really interested in this opportunity.” One of the things you can do is you can track this.

So out of the whole database, we’re going to take this funding opportunity and we’re going to put it in a special file for you and I’ll show you where that’s at. But you can see now that this is tracking, if there’s a number here and it says two other people are tracking, you won’t have access to see who those people are.

However, I do. “So you can contact me and say, Hey, who’s tracking this?” And you either want to know to collaborate, or just because they’re tracking it, though, doesn’t mean they’re going to apply. But maybe you could encourage them to collaborate with you. The other thing you can do is you can share this and this is where you can share it with your advisor, your cousin, your neighbor.

I don’t care who, but if they’re in and I don’t know what pulls them into the WSU database, but if I go and look up my old coworker, if you start typing, he’s not popping up, but I know he’s in here. But I know Cecilia. So we’re going to select Cecilia. You can click on their name if they’re not showing up.

I think Chris Goss has moved on. But Chris Goss with engineering used to be my go to. You can just put in the email and send it to them. Send him a message if they…if you…Sometimes it’s just easier to copy the website and say, “Hey, check this funding opportunity out.” But the sharing opportunity button is there. One of the things that if you like the funding opportunity, but maybe you’re missing a piece of it, like I don’t know, the water aspects, which is kind of main for this.

But anyway, inside the…inside your institution you can find potential collaborators on this. We use this as a stepping stone. So maybe you guys know Joe Cook is a professor here. We’re going to open up his this is like a resume, biosketch, CV. It’s very basic. And some of them can have grants tabs or publications, but you can kind of see like, “Oh yeah, this is something he’s something that I want.”

He does water policy like he’s it put something in his Expertise field, this is great. So you can contact him here if you aren’t sure about making that connection. If you’re, you know, brand new at reaching out to strangers. Our office does that and we do this often for people that are looking for collaborators. So don’t…you…Feel free to reach out to our office, the Office of Research Advancement and Partnerships and we can assist you in that.

But this information is pulled. It was scraped from the WSU website and when you go to create your profile, you have the opportunity then to like expand it and make it amazing. And if you don’t, it’s fine. But that’s what people will have access to. And sometimes, like our website is out of date, they can become out of date as well, but it’s just a stepping stone and we can always reach out.

So I’m going to go back to the funding opportunity. If you don’t like any of the opinions inside WSU, you can go outside WSU and find collaborators that way. And by doing so you can actually narrow this down to Institute Name over here. Let’s just do Texas A&M. You can find all the people at Texas A&M that would fit this funding opportunity.

And with that, again, if you’re not comfortable reaching out to Dr. Ralph, then we could do that for you. We’ve done that in the past, so we’re going to go back one more. So that is, if you’re looking for collaborators, if you read through this funding opportunity, go to their website, you read it and you have questions and you can’t find a contact on the website, you can come back in here and there is oftentimes a contact.

Sometimes it’s an actual person, like in this example, sometimes it is just a generic email box, which might you might not get an answer to as much. But we always encourage that you contact the program manager. This is a technical contact. I don’t know how much, but you can find out who the program manager is and make that connection because they’re going to see hundreds of applications cross their desk.

And so you want to make an impression…personable? Impressionable… contact with them. Part of my critique is I hate when people say can do I, because if I run a program, they say, “Do I qualify for this?” And it’s like, I don’t know who you are, I don’t know what you do. So when you contact the program manager, just keep in mind that they don’t know who you know who you are.

So you might want to send just a quick elevator pitch with that email. Okay, So we like this opportunity we’re going to keep down. Here is where you can get down some water holes. So we selected in our…I’m gonna go back one, just because I don’t fully remember it was engineering…environmental engineering, earthquakes or concrete structure. Somehow we’re down this water system hole right now.

But I was like, you know, I wasn’t thinking of water source resource engineering or water source resource management, so let’s go the engineer route. You can open this into a new tab. It’s a brand new search. So 48 opportunities, you would refine this to the United States and go from there. This is our original. Nope, This is the sponsor.

This is our original search. So keep in mind when you’re looking at these funding opportunities, either write down on paper the key words that stand out to you or open on the new tabs. The new tabs you might get a lot of tabs and they might overlap. So writing them down might be more manageable to make sure like, I’m going to look up water resource engineering next to kind of keep that track.

So if we’d like this opportunity, we’re tracking it. We’re going to go back to our original search, and I’m just going to refresh this real fast so that you can see when you have it on your track list, you get this little flag here of saying it’s on your track list. So that’s what that indicates. There’s a few things you can do here.

You can sort all of these by deadline, because if it’s due October 11th, you might not have time. You can also sort by amount or title all these options. One of the things you can do here on the left hand side is refine your search a little more. So right now we have 35, but maybe we were looking for just private foundations and that reduces it to six.

And so you can see all the ones that are just private foundations because that’s the route you’re going. If you wanted to go back to your 35, you would hit the little X next to it. And some of the things you can do as well is you can reduce it more by keywords. You can see this is where we can pick.

There’s two for graduate students or pre docs and they are going to be…They’re anticipated, meaning the deadline isn’t out quite yet. They anticipate for it to come out in September of 2024, in April 2024. But there’s the anticipation might be a good thing because it can keep it on your radar if…I’m going to use this as an example, I’m just going to track it from here.

If you click the X, you can track, share, export, you can actually do these multiple ones. But I’m just going to track this one. If it’s on your track list, I don’t want to add a tag. It’s going to make me. I’m going to skip this one. If it’s on your track list and the deadline comes out, they’ll notify you immediately.

I’ll show you the tags in just a minute. So this is if we like, I’m going to go back to our 35. If we like this search, which was environmental engineering or earthquake engineering or concrete structure, we want to save this. And this is what I call like the golden ticket of Pivot, because if I put in this, I’m going to do this by three.

So it says, “Would you like to receive weekly emails containing newer updated opportunities from this query?” Yes, you do. So when what happens now is I’m going to save this and every Sunday, any funding opportunities that come out that are related to this search, I will be notified via email and you can create as many searches as you want so you can have a search for environmental engineering or earthquake.

You can create those three things. You can do the water structure, create all those searches. Some opportunities are going to overlap, but you’re only going to receive one email with all of the funding opportunities for each section. Okay, so now you’re like, Where the heck do I go? Two weeks later you come in here or a month later and like, I’m not sure where to find my funding opportunities.

This gray bar is kind of like your lifeline. If you go to the home button, this will pop up when you sign in. You can see your tract opportunities. These look. That’s the one I put the little flag next to that I liked as my computer loads. You can also as you hover over it, you can select your tracked opportunities.

So this is the one that I tracked and you can see that these have tags next to it. And this is what the last prompt was trying to get me to do. So you might have one or two or three projects going on at the same time. And so if you track an opportunity, you might be like, “Well, why did I track that?”

You can see here this one, it’s like, I’m going to send this to Joe Campbell when the deadline comes out. So if it’s on your tract opportunities, they will show up or they’ll notify you immediately when the deadline appears. If it’s in your saved ones or anywhere else, they’re not going to notify you. So if I want to put this under here or add a tag so I remember why I’m tracking this opportunity, I can create a new tag and I can say, “This is for my project with Dr. Jones.”

And then I’m to create that tag and it’s going to say, okay, you have a tag. So now if Dr. Jones contacts me and says, Hey, do you have any funding opportunities for me, I can look on my track to opportunities or I can go over here to my tags and I can say, there’s one, let me find it for you, and I can send him this or her.

So that is the track opportunity. Once again, this is just to put on your radar the ones that you liked, that you took interest in. You can…They’ll delete that…They should drop off as they occur. Then again, you go to your lifeline, your saved searches. This is the one where we created where you had the environmental engineering.

It had the three files in it. You can see right here, I have 30 saved searches. This is the one we just created. How to read this page is the first number is how many are current as of Sunday since we just created It’s none. The second number. However…How many are limited submissions? So you can see in the All Results there’s 35 funding opportunities under this file and one of them is a limited submission.

This says that I’m getting an email every Sunday of any opportunities that flow into this. And then the options here, you can also add a tag. So maybe you created, you know, a funding opportunity or a saved search for Dr. Jones. You can add that tag so that way if you need to find the current funding opportunities, not the ones that you saved, you can go and find them and you can see this one.

I’m going to send these to Julie. I’ve got a couple of tags here, the sleep research. Omar. I can click on those. There’s nothing right now. All right. I just cleared that out, it needs to be deleted. Anyway, so you can, you can select and find out which funding opportunities are under that tag for that person or that project you’re doing.

Sorry, I got too deep with that. So that’s your saved searches. Again, you can find these in under the homescreen or if you hover over it, if for some reason the search is not coming back with anything, I’m not getting any with these dear colleague letters or the one we just created. You can come in here and you can delete the search and it’s going to ask you, “Are you sure you want to?”

Yes, I do. The other thing you can do is if you open a search and you no longer like you need to refine it because you’re not getting all of the funding opportunities, it’s not producing a lot. You can refine this and create another search or adjust it so it’s not here concrete forever. Is the same the same searches, you can adjust those as needed.

This Funding tab is essentially the same thing that we’ve just been through. This has a fancy diagram that you can kind of play around with if you’re like, I’m in social sciences and I am actually in…and these are all the keywords like I was doing by browse. You can kind of see how much money is out there in your field just if you’re bored.

I don’t know. Again, the advanced search would be here. You could search by keyword up here, but the downfall is it’s going to come out with everything that is worldwide, not the United States. So you still if you search by keyword, you would get the 4000 results. You would have to refine this by putting in the United States.

So that would be the downfall of using these tabs. The Funder one: one of the things that is kind of cool, I think, is if you go to all funders or you can pick whichever funder you know. If you…This this does not auto populate up here so….Oh it does, sorry. It used to not so Crist-o-pher. So you can go to the Christopher and Dana Reeves foundation and search there.

That’s one I just worked with so and it shows you they have one opportunity out if you go to all funders…Let me go back to funding real fast. Search by funder I go to all funders. You can also select the letter over here, can see which ones are in the United States. So you can narrow this down. You’ll see here that this 1907 foundation isn’t clickable.

It means that they don’t have any funding funding opportunities out. As of right now, if you hover over this one, you can see that they have two opportunities. One of the things that is…I’m going to pick on this one, if you like, a funder because they’re…they put out a lot of things pertaining to your field. You can actually save this search.

So every time that a funder opportunity pops up, they’ll send you an email saying, Hey, your funder just, you know, let’s just say this 1563 foundation just put out another opportunity, check it out. So that’s also an awesome way for you to find out what’s happening with the funders you like. The other thing on the funding tab is you can search all fields, but again, this kind of takes you back to you have to refine it and narrow it down.

The next tab over is Profiles. We touched on this with the finding engineering and there is I forget who who we clicked on, but you can either search in people or topic here so I could put in math here and see who our mathematicians are for Washington State University. Maybe you went to a funder…I mean a program and you’re like, “Dang, there was somebody from the Tri-Cities and they were in education.”

And so you can see all the education profiles within the Tri-Cities. There’s ten of them and you’re like, yeah, it was Jonah. And so you can click on and find out more about Jonah. Again, use this as a stepping stone just because it might not be 100% accurate, but you can also look up your own name after you start your profile, either by up at the top right and looking at your profile or searching your name.

And Jonah has more than one publication. He’s got grants. If this was you, pretend you’re Jonah, there are over 500 opportunities based on just this information that is put in. So make sure that and I know we just went through the whole thing of having to search for funding that would pertain to you. But if you put your name in there with some basic information, they’re going to link opportunities to your name and these will always be added and updated so you don’t have to keep going in.

But it’s based off of what’s on your profile. So we use that for what it’s worth, it’s not always a 100% guarantee. You can also left hand side reduce it to the ones that are confirmed. The ones that are research related or graduate, pre doc: there are 64. You can find thesis money. So you can go through and kind of narrow this down or travel.

There’s six items for travel for graduate. Anyway so that’s under the profiles tab you can search by person or topic. The conference tab I think is kind of a cool tab if you’re looking to see what’s happening in your field. And we’re just going to say we got anthropology people here, there’s 75 things happening and this is a this is a call for conferences or scholarly journals.

So you can you might not have known of the 2024 annual conference of the Ohio Genealogical Genealogical Society. If we click on this, it’s happening in April of 2024. It’s going to be in English. You might not be able to go to Sandusky, Ohio, but if you go to their website, they might have something online. Nowadays, there’s a lot of hybrid events happening.

It gives you a little bit about what’s what they’re going to talk about. The cool thing about this is if you like it, you can track it so it’s in your tracked file under your tracked opportunities. So keep that in mind when you are trying or you’re looking for one of my own. Here’s the timeline of events. So you missed the deadline for abstraction.

But you could do a camera ready paper. But anyway, check out the keywords because those things might spark some things of where you can present or attend. But if your advisor is looking for you say, “Hey, you need to get your work out there.” And you’re like, “I don’t even know where to go other than these same three places we’ve always been.”

Here’s a way to look at what conferences are coming out in your field, so definitely put your interest in there and save the search so that way you’re notified if anything comes up on those topics anthropology, sociology, whatever it is. Awarded grants: this tab right here, I don’t find as useful. Because I’m here, I’m just going to go through it.

We’re just going to click on this. This isn’t the name. So let me go over here. We’re going to look for this John Leonard Civil Engineering Scholarship. So who funded it? Well, unfortunately, the awards doesn’t tell me anything. And this is in a different language. It’s kind of a bad example, but it doesn’t tell me anything, especially that about what they applied for.

So if it was a specific Fulbright or what it was, this is the title of the grant that was submitted. So that’s why I don’t like the award on tabs so much because it doesn’t tell me anything. But you can go in here and see where the agency is. I picked a bad one, but you can see where the agency is putting their money towards.

And again, you can see the US. I mean, they’ve given out over 2000 grants. I don’t know how this is actually how it’s extracted, but it’s here. This is what we’ve got right now. And then the News tab is…We don’t subscribe to this or pay for this portion of it, but there are some free stories out there if you’re looking to see or you need a good read or something.

I don’t even know if it’s a good read. If you need to read something, here’s a professional news that might interest you.

If you were coming to me and say, “Hey, I’m an international student?” I would click on Advanced Search, and the first thing I would do would come down to citizenship and I would do unrestricted or unspecified.

And then if you plan to do activity location in the United States, I would pick United States here and unspecified. If you’re looking for funding within, like maybe you want to go back home and do some funding while you’re during summer break. You could actually put in your residency there or you set your activity location there and maybe even your citizenship.

But I would go that route and then I would put in your keywords and see and search. If we do career stage just to see within the United States or unrestricted and specified there’s 5000 things for grad students in the United States. However, not all of these are going to pertain to you. So you would have to you know I like to do the confirmed you know, on the last page, there’s the finding funding.

And then I go back here to refine search at the bottom where it said I want to find recently added. So if you go up here on your left hand bar these are the way it recently added. So if you just want to see the last ones that were out in the last seven days and last week, there’s 540 Pivot covers…

They cover, I’m going to I can’t say all because there are some federal opportunities that aren’t in here, but they do a big huge chunk of federal opportunities. I don’t know what is a hit or miss. It’s kind of random. They have, like you’ve seen nonprofit, private, state funding in here, so it’s not going to get everything, but it is a big chunk of opportunities that you guys can wade through.

And if you get in here and you start doing this and you’re like, “Hey, I’m not finding anythin.” Let me know and I can kind of tweak some stuff and I can actually send it to you that maybe it will help you a little bit. But the benefit of you guys, knowing your research as you’ll know, if you click on this right here, you’d be like, that doesn’t pertain to anything I’m researching.

But for me I’m like, that sounds fun. Let’s send it to everybody. And then you get tired of my emails because they don’t pertain to you and then you start to ignore it. But here’s an interesting example. 12 other people are interested in this funding opportunity, and maybe one of you guys are on this call, but anyway, these are within WSU, just so you know. So that’s how I would find international funding for you.