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Education Funding Opportunities

FULBRIGHT – Fulbright Programs (State Department) 
Abstract: The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program supports overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for groups of teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, or group research or study.  The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency's website


Deadline: Varies
Abstract: Varies Fellowships and Internship programs.  Please see website

FULBRIGHT: Scholar in Residence
Deadline: 2009-2010 Competition opens March 2008
Abstract: Under the Scholar-in-Residence (SIR) Program, interested institutions submit proposals to invite scholars to teach one or more courses and to be in residence for a semester or an academic year. In addition to teaching courses, scholars give campus-wide and community lectures, help initiate international programs and contribute to curriculum development. Although preference is given to proposals in the humanities or social sciences, other fields focusing on international issues will be considered.

FULBRIGHT Program for US Students
Deadline: 2009-2010 Competition opens May 1, 2008

AERA INSTITUTE on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy
Deadline: January 4, 2008
Abstract: With support from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the Institute of Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program announces its AERA Institute on Statistical Analysis for Education Policy. The Institute's goal is to help develop a critical mass of U.S. educational researchers using NCES and NSF data sets for basic, policy, and applied research. Hands-on training is provided in the use of large-scale national data sets, with special emphasis on using these data sets for policy-related research in education. The Institute has three components:

  • instruction in the use of NCES' and NSF's data sets, with focus on a different data set each year;
  • methodological training appropriate to the analysis of large-scale, often longitudinal, data sets pertinent to educational policy research; and
  • discussion of current issues of policy and practice for which the focal data set is relevant. AERA members, agency staff, and outside experts jointly provide this training.

The Institute will address policy issues such as the relationship of course taking to academic achievement and how it relates to issues of reform, No Child Left Behind legislation, and equity. The session will provide hands-on instruction to help participants develop knowledge and skills in the use of the ELS data for education policy research and application.
DATES AND LOCATION May 1-3, 2008, in Washington, DC.

AERA Research Grants
Deadline: February 22, 2008 to be reviewed in March; August 29, 2008 to be reviewed in September 2008
Abstract: With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the Institute of Education Sciences, the AERA Grants Program announces its Research Grants Program. The program's goals are:

  • to stimulate research on issues related to U.S. education policy and practice using NCES and NSF data sets;
  • to improve the educational research community's firsthand knowledge of the range of data available at the two agencies and how to use them; and
  • to increase the number of educational researchers using the data sets.

Underrepresented minority researchers are strongly encouraged to apply.  
Research topics may cover a wide range of policy- or practice-related issues that include but are not limited to: teachers and teaching, including supply, quality, and demand; policies and practices related to student achievement and assessment; policies and practices that influence student and parental attitudes; contextual factors (individual, curricular, and school related) in education; educational participation and persistence (kindergarten through career entry); at-risk students; early childhood education; US education in an international context; school finance; materials (curriculum) development, research and informal science education; undergraduate science, engineering, and mathematics education; the supply (pipeline) of students taking mathematics and science courses; the quality of educational institutions; and methodological studies. Researchers must include the analysis of data from at least one NSF or NCES data set in the project.

NSF - Division of Undergraduate Education
Abstract: The DIVISION OF UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION (DUE) serves as the focal point for NSF’s efforts in undergraduate education. DUE's mission is to promote excellence in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all students, including STEM majors, prospective teachers of grades pre-K through 12 (pre-K-12), students preparing for the technical workplace, and students in their role as citizens. There are a number of funding opportunities available under this division, please refer to the following link for additional information.

NATIONAL ACADEMY OF EDUCATION - Postdoctoral Fellowships
Abstract: The National Academy of Education/Spencer POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS PROGRAM supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. This nonresidential postdoctoral fellowship funds proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education.

Abstract: Established in 1962, The Spencer Foundation's goal is to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. It is committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

NSF - Robert Noyce Scholarship
Deadline: February 28, 2008
Abstract:The Robert Noyce Scholarship program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The program provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and programs for students who commit to teaching in high need K-12 schools.

Deadline: anytime
Abstract: Through 2008, the Youth and Education team will focus on improving learning for young people especially those most vulnerable to poor achievement so children can enter school ready to learn, more adolescents are able to achieve, and young adults are prepared for meaningful work or further education.  The team will employ a number of approaches. One major approach will develop a more seamless educational pipeline, especially engaging post-secondary education institutions with communities to achieve mutually beneficial goals. Other programs will support partnerships among families, communities, and institutions including schools and state agencies so that they will work together for children.  

ARTHUR VINING DAVIS FOUNDATION – Support for Secondary Education
Deadline: anytime
Abstract: In considering proposals to support high school teaching, the Foundations encourage sustained partnerships between the faculties of colleges (e.g., arts and sciences and education) and school districts, or collaborative efforts involving reform organizations, colleges/universities and high schools. Proposals may cover a wide range of initiatives intended to improve teaching. For example, projects might be designed to improve professional development for in-service and pre-service teachers, strengthen teaching skills, support practical research in teacher and high school education, or encourage innovative use of technology and new techniques for presentation of classroom materials in high schools. 
Proposals under this program are accepted from institutions endeavoring to improve secondary education and must be signed by the head of the insti­tution or organization. Institutions eligible for funding in this program area include, but are not limited to, public and private colleges and universities, graduate schools of education and freestanding educational institutes. 
Grants made in this program area range from $100,000 to an upper limit of $150,000.
Proposals should be submitted in a letter addressed to the Executive Director of the Foundations. Proposals are not accepted via fax or e-mail. A concise description of the proposed project and budget is all that is necessary in the initial request. There are no deadlines for proposals and grant applications may be submitted at any time of the year. However, the process of moving from proposal submission to grant approval takes time. Therefore, the Foundations are not able to meet requests for eligible projects requiring immediate or near-term funding.
ALL PROPOSALS MUST COME FROM THE PRESIDENT OR OTHER PRIMARY EXECUTIVE OF AN INSTITUTION - not from development officers, department heads or individual researchers within the institution.


HEWLETT PACKARD COMPANY – Technology for Teaching Grant Initiative
Deadline: February annually. 
Abstract: This initiative is designed to support the innovative use of mobile technology in K-16 education, and to help identify K-12 public schools and two- and four-year colleges and universities that HP might support with future grants. In 2007, HP will award approximately $10 million in cash and equipment.

Many of the funding organization and database e-mail services send out announcements to registered individuals. Such providers include:


Website  provides an email alert system for opportunities offered by federal agencies.

  • EDInfo

Website: The U.S. Department of Education EDInfo alert system provides 1-2 email messages a week describing federal teaching and learning resources and ED funding opportunities.

  • The Foundation Center

Newsletters Website:


  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting   -  Grant proposal writing tips,


  • Foundation Center Short Course


  • Social Science Research Council Art of Writing Proposals


  • School Grants


  • Grant Resources-Deborah Kluge




  • Grants Alert


  • Grant Advisor Plus


  • Community of Science (not just Science) Now a part of the Copley Library PAIS Database