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Grants and Funding Finding: Library Services and Support

This guide provides information about various resources for Brown community members searching for research grants.

General Resources

These resources are recommended by the University Library and its campus partners.

University Resources

 U.S. Federal Government Grants

  • is a website launched by the U.S. Department of State to serve as a resource for information on language scholarships and training programs offered by the federal government.

  • A searchable database of funding opportunities available through all 26 federal grant-making agencies. Records include program scope, eligibility requirements, deadlines, and program director contact information.
  • Federal Student Aidis responsible for managing the student financial assistance programs authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These programs provide grants, loans, and work-study funds to students attending college or career school.

Grants Databases Maintained by other Universities

Rhode Island


  • Fastweb​ The largest free scholarship search engine. Registration required.
  • FinAid! Very good place to start research for available scholarships and aid.
  • GrantSpace Scholarship and fellowship information for international students and resources for federal and state aid opportunities as well as scholarship and grant information for undergraduates and graduate students.
  • Fulbright Programs Links to Fulbright Program information for U.S. students and non-U.S. students.
  • Looking for Student Aid without Getting Scammed From Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education. Important tips on saving your money and your identity.

International Graduate Students

International students will need to pay particular attention to eligibility requirements. We know that some fellowships will only be available to students from particular countries. Fortunately, many databases provide the ability to search for these.

U.S. Federal Grants

Read the eligibility requirements for the specific solicitation/funding announcement for federal grants. For example, international students at any Ph.D. granting institutions of higher education accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S. may apply for a National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award while National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships are restricted to only U.S. citizens and U.S. national or permanent residents. For more information on international scholars’ eligibility for U.S. federal grants, please view the section 'Foreign Applicants' on


Filter for opportunities open to international students in several funding databases maintained by other universities


Locating Citizenship Eligibility and Filtering Grants by Citizenship Requirements in SPIN

Follow these steps below for locating citizenship requirements and for filtering your search results to opportunities open to your citizenship/nationality status.

Checking Citizenship Requirements in SPIN: When you view the record of a funding opportunity in SPIN click on the second tab 'Eligibility Requirements' and check the information provided in the box 'Citizenship Requirements'. For example, this record for the Woodcock Fund shows it is restricted to Canadian citizens.

Image of a record in SPIN with restrictive citizenship eligibility


To filter your SPIN search results for citizenship/nationality follow these two steps.

STEP 1.) On the home page select 'Citizenship' on the 'Preferences' tab at the top of the home page. 

Screenshot of SPIN Homepage


STEP 2.) Enter and select your 'Citizen Options' and hit 'Save'.

Screenshot of SPIN database citizenship menu