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Doctoral Student Support

Many doctoral students in the College of Education have successfully located funding for their research, dissertation, travel, and other scholarly activities. IRTL supports doctoral students in the College of Education by enhancing their knowledge of funding opportunities and grant writing.


Brett Say is available to meet with doctoral students about grant funding opportunities. Brett has extensive grant writing and proposal management experience from working in both higher education and industry. E-mail him to schedule an appointment to discuss funding opportunities, assistance with conceptualizing, writing, or revising grant proposals, preparing budget requests, and more.

Please send an e-mail to set up an appointment.

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Funding & Grant Workshops:

Workshops on identifying funding opportunities and preparing grant proposals are offered periodically throughout the year. Small group or individual workshops can also be scheduled by emailing Brett Say.


The following are examples of past workshops:


Identifying Funding Opportunities

An introductory workshop for COE doctoral students who are beginning to explore options for internal or external research funding. This workshop will provide an introductory overview of the strategies and resources available for identifying grants and fellowships relevant to your research. Email to RSVP


Writing Competitive Grant Applications

An introductory workshop for COE doctoral students on how to effectively write for grant and fellowship opportunities. The workshop will discuss how to navigate solicitations and requests for proposals, align your application with the funder’s goals, and how to make your proposal “reviewer friendly.”


Planning for Research

Learn about how to plan for dissertation grant and fellowship opportunities and deadlines for common dissertation funding resources. Review grant seeking & writing resources at MSU, how to plan a research timeline, and more. Doctoral students finishing their second or third year are highly encouraged to attend.

If you missed the workshop "Preparing Compelling Proposals for Grant Writing: Tips from a former program officer", you can find the video HERE!


If you have workshop or panel discussion suggestions, please contact Brett. Guest presenters are also welcome!


Past Workshops & Slides

2015-2016 workshops:

  • Grants & Fellowships Workshop Series - Part I: Introduction to Grants & Fellowships (slide)
  • Grants & Fellowships Workshop Series - Part 2: Budget Preparation for Research Projects - (slides)


2014-2015 workshops:

  • Grants & Fellowships Workshop Series - Part 1: Introduction to Grants & Fellowships (slides)
  • CAFFE: Individual Development Planning (slides)
  • Grants & Fellowships Workshop Series - Part 2: Budget Development for Research Projects (slides)
  • EAD Grants and Fellowships discussion (slides)
  • Grants & Fellowships Workshop Series - Part 3: How to Write a Competitive Grant Application (slides)
  • Grants & Fellowships Workshop Series - Part 4: Planning Ahead for 2015-2016 Award Deadlines (slides)


Workshop and slides from 2013-2014 included:

  • Managing Citations: What's Actually Helpful? (slides)

Workshop and slides in 2012-2013 included:

  • Conflict of Interest Reporting & Review Systems (RCR) (slides)
  • Whose name goes where on the paper, and whose data are they anyway? (Authorship RCR)
  • What every student should know about research integrity (RCR)
  • Managing citations: What's Actually Helpful?
  • How to make use of MSU CSTAT (edTalks video)
Funding Alerts

In addition to the shorter, weekly emails sent to doctoral students who have subscribed to the IRTL listserv, larger funding opportunity emails are sent to doctoral students each month. These alerts help students identify what opportunities are coming in the next several months so they can plan their submittals.


Below are examples of funding alerts sent in recent monts as well as previous years.


June 2018

April/May 2018

March 2018

February 2018

December 2017/January 2018

November 2017

October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

June/July 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

December 2016/January 2017

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

June/July 2016

May 2016

April 2016

March 2016

February 2016

January 2016


The Grant Funding Process


This section of our website outlines grant funding process and provides useful video tutorials, resource materials, and key information about each stage.


Exploratory Stage Planning Stage Writing Stage


Exploratory Stage

Decide What You Want To Fund

Choose What You Want To Fund

Consider what stage you are in your doctoral program and decide what you are hoping to fund.

List of Grant Opportunities

Review List of Select Grant Opportunities

Review selected opportunities and know the award deadlines. View opportunities for training, research grants, international research, dissertation data collection, dissertation write-up, dissertation awards, and postdoctoral fellowships.

Search For Funding Opportunities

Resources and Links For Funding Opportunities and the Grantwriting Process

Search online databases for funding opportunities, explore resources, and sign up for grant announcements from IRTL.

Planning Stage

Plan Your Proposal

Plan Your Proposal

Know what makes a proposal competitive; form an informal grant committee; and draft a timeline.

Writing Stage

Write Your Proposal

Write Your Proposal

Write the project summary, project description, personal statement, and prepare supporting materials.

Prepare Your Budget

Prepare Your Budget

Know major budget categories and finalize budget.

Featured Content

Funding Your Dissertation Research

Download slides from the "Dissertation Funding Opportunities" workshop


Writing Competitive Dissertation Grant Workshop Presentations


Writing Competitive Dissertation Grant workshop screencasts, Parts 1 and 2:

Practical advice about writing competitive grant proposals from:

Dr. Kristen Renn Mike DeSchryver
Kristen is an associate professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE). She directed the ASHE Lumina Dissertation Fellowship program – awarding 54 dissertation grants to doctoral student applicants. Mike is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology (EPET), and recipient of a 2011-12 dissertation fellowship from the Spencer Foundation.



Writing Competitive Dissertation Grant Workshop Slides

Download slides from the "Writing Competitive Dissertation Grants" workshop