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Political Science Research Guide: Grants and Funding

Use this guide to begin your political science research.

Find Grants with Pivot (COS)

Academia can be expensive.  Whether you are a new graduate student starting out or a seasoned professor designing a new project, locating funding sources for your research can be an intimidating process.  Pivot (formerly known as COS) is a database that can help you locate available funding for projects in all disciplines. Pivot can also help you locate fellowships, dissertation support funds, and support for other academic work.

The Library also provides a brief tutorial on using Pivot.

The United States provides millions of dollars in grants. is their portal to learn about and apply for grants.  Below is their news feed.

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Foundation Directory

The Foundation Directory can help you research the kinds of projects a foundation has funded in the past.  You can also see how much money the grantor provided, as well as research the grantor's financial history though the mandated IRS disclosures (IRS Form 990). 

Books on Grantwriting

The Library provides many books on grant writing.  The links below are subject headings in OskiCat and will provide you with access to books that can help ensure your success in writing a grant. TIP: Sort by "Reverse Year" to see the most recent books, many of which offer electronic access.

Campus Resources

The Berkeley Research Impact Initiative (BRII) provides funding to Berkeley authors (current faculty members, post-docs, graduate students, researchers) and publishers (Centers, Organized Research Units, and Departments) to make their publications free to all readers immediately upon publication

UC Berkeley's Sponsored Projects Office provides an array of services, including a list of funding resources and subscriptions to Pivot(See the Pivot box for more information on searching.)

UC Berkeley's Graduate Fellowships and Awards Office handles over 600 fellowship funds, each with unique criteria and terms for awarding.

UC Berkeley's Scholarship Connection provides a search engine to non Berkeley awards and grants, including some for graduate students.