Sources for Funding Research and Travel

University Scholarship & Grant Opportunities

Appalachian State University Office of Research and Sponsored Programs suggests that Doctoral Students create an account with a comprehensive grant and scholarship database at COS Pivot. This database provides the opportunity for students to search for funding appropriate to specific areas of research.

For further assistance with funding opportunities please contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Tips for Using COS Pivot

When using Pivot on campus, you are logged in automatically.

To access Pivot from off-campus, you will first need to create a Pivot account by completing the registration form at Use your e-mail address and choose Appalachian State University as your Affiliated Member Institution. After completing the form, you will receive an e-mail with a link you must click to verify your account. Contact Office of Research and Sponsored Programs if you do not receive the registration e-mail within 24 hours.

Searching for Funding

We set up a starter search for education-related funding opportunities to help you get started. Click “Refine Search” near the top of the screen to broaden or narrow your search results by adding keywords or specifying a particular Funding Type, Requirement, or Activity Location.

Keep In Mind

  • Check the Eligibility section for information about who may apply. Some fellowship and scholarship programs will give awards directly to individual students and teachers. Most program development and research grants can only be awarded to non-profit organizations, higher education institutions, or K-12 schools/districts. Students cannot legally submit grant proposals on behalf of Appalachian State University, so contact a faculty advisor for more information if you are interested in a program but are not eligible to apply as an individual or through a school district or nonprofit organization where you work.
  • Deadlines are marked Confirmed, Continuous, or Anticipated. Always check with the sponsoring agency or foundation before pursuing a program with an “Anticipated” deadline. “Confirmed” deadlines are accurate deadlines for the current year, and “Continuous” means applications are accepted at any time, but “Anticipated” indicates that the agency/foundation has not yet issued guidelines for the current year, so there is some risk that the grant program may change or expire this year.
  • The grant program descriptions in Pivot are brief abstracts written by Pivot employees, not by the foundation or agency that offers the grant, so information may be incomplete or outdated. Always read the complete grant program guidelines from the sponsoring foundation or agency to verify the information in Pivot before applying. 

Saving Searches

Too busy to look through the whole list of results right now? Want to receive e-mail updates about new grant programs that fit your interests? If you have a Pivot account, you can use the Save Search link above the search results to save your query and opt in or out of weekly Funding Alert e-mails about new/updated programs that match your search query. You can modify your query or turn off the Funding Alert e-mails at any time by logging in to your Pivot account at and changing the Saved Searches on your home screen.

Opportunities through the Office of Student Research 

Doctoral students may apply for an OSR Travel Grant for up to $300.00 using this link: The application deadline is the 15th of each month and they will need a letter of support from their Faculty mentor. They need to apply no later than the month prior travel. Thus if they are traveling February 1st they must apply by January 15th. Please note that the students must be presenting original research in order to receive funding. 

Graduate School Research, Professional Development and Travel Funding

Cratis D. Williams Graduate Student Research Grant

This research grant is named in honor of Dr. Cratis D. Williams and administered by the Office of Student Research. Funding is available for graduate students engaged in thesis and dissertation research as well as research required as part of a product of learning or other capstone research requirement. Grants are in the $200 - $500 range. The deadlines each year in October and February. Please refer to the Office of Student Research Website for the online application process.

Graduate Student Association Senate (GSAS) Research Materials and/or Presentation Travel Grant

Funding is provided by the Graduate Student Association Senate (GSAS) and administered by the School of Graduate Studies to financially support graduate student research. Awards are either for research materials or for travel to a conference to present results. Grants are in the $100 to $500 range. Deadlines are set each Fall and Spring by GSAS. Click here to see the current year's grant recipients.

Please use the links below to find out more about each of these grant opportunities:

Awards: Domer Research Award; Zigli Research Award; JVL Professional Development Award

These awards provide approximately $500 (subject to budget allocations) in support for graduate students each year. Nominations are accepted each year with awards made in early winter for use by the student before May. See the Awards page for more information, including how to apply.

Opportunities Specific to the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership 

Scholarship or Award


Alice Phoebe Naylor
Outstanding Dissertation

 Awarded annually to one doctoral program student selected by faculty committee for best dissertation.

Blue Ridge Electric Doctoral Student ScholarshipThe purpose of this fund is to provide support for a doctoral student enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the Reich College of Education. The scholarship will be awarded to a resident of Ashe, Alexander, Alleghany, Avery, Caldwell, Watauga or Wilkes Counties. Apply here
Rhododendron Society Scholarship The annual funding for this scholarship will be designated for a doctoral student that is an ASU alumni. The scholarship requires a 3.6 GPA, must be need-based but does not require FAFSA documentation. These students should be exemplary as they represent the highest honor awarded in the Reich College of Education. The student must be enrolled in dissertation hours within the current fiscal year. Apply here
WJ Office Scholarship for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership This annual scholarship will provide $1,000 to support a doctoral student that has successfully submitted their dissertation proposal and has enrolled in dissertation credit hours. Apply here

Doctoral Student Enrichment Grant

The purpose of the doctoral enrichment fund is to support dissertation research and dissemination, within the broader context of the professional development of doctoral students as scholar/leaders. Award amounts may vary, depending on available funding. Typically, they range from $300- $500 per applicant.

Funding will be awarded for the following:

  • Support to conduct dissertation (or related) research
  • Travel to conferences to present research findings

Application process:

  • Students will submit a completed application form, accompanied by a brief (no more than 1 page) summary of the proposed activity, rationale for how the funding will support the student's scholarly work, and budget justification. Applicants should also note other efforts to obtain funding from the Graduate School or other sources.
  • Applications will be considered on a rolling basis in relation to available funding. Preference will be given to applicants who apply by November 1.
  • The Doctoral Program Office will review applications and make recommendations for funding.
  • Students awarded funding will be required to report on the use of the funds at the end of the funded activity. Typically this will be done during the Professional Seminar classes or at other events sponsored by the doctoral program.