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Public Policy: Grants & Funding

This guide is intended to be a starting point for public policy research.

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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Grantwriting Resources

The Library collection includes a number of books and handbooks on grant writing. Search in the UC Library Search for these subjects, or consult the selected books listed below.

  • Proposal writing for grants
  • Proposal writing in research
  • Fundraising

Foundation Directory & Pivot

Resources -- Campus and Beyond

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

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 tab for more information on searching.)

Charlene Liebau Library Prize for Undergraduate Research: $750 lower division, $1,000 upper division -- up to six awards. Applications due Dec-April.

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

Kids First—David L. Kirp Prize rewards students engaged in new or ongoing work that demonstrates a commitment, whether in education or other domains, to creating a better future for children and youth. The award of $2,500 is given to one UC Berkeley undergraduate student each year.  

Latinx Center of Excellence, UCB -  Includes funding to support Latinx students’ education and training in social work practice with Latinx communities.

Federal Student Aid - Resources from the U.S. Department of Education.