Resources for Funding Doctoral Students

Following are lists of various publications and contacts for doctoral students interested in obtaining information on funding. The lists comprise general directories and federal and private funding agencies that support funding for doctoral students in the field.

General Directories

Directory of College Cooperative Education Programs
Greenwood Publishing Group, Inc.
88 Post Wood Road West
Westport, CT 06881-5007

Major Federal Funding Agencies

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Some of the institutes within the NIH that support researchers in communication sciences and disorders:

National Institute on Aging
NIA leads a national program of research on the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of the aging process; the prevention of age-related diseases and disabilities; and the promotion of a better quality of life for all older Americans.

National Cancer Institute
NCI leads a national effort to eliminate the suffering and death due to cancer. Through basic and clinical biomedical research and training, NCI conducts and supports research that will lead to a future in which we can prevent cancer before it starts, identify cancers that do develop at the earliest stage, eliminate cancers through innovative treatment interventions, and biologically control those cancers that we cannot eliminate so they become manageable, chronic diseases.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
NICHD research on fertility, pregnancy, growth, development, and medical rehabilitation strives to ensure that every child is born healthy and wanted and grows up free from disease and disability.

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
NIDCD conducts and supports biomedical research and research training on normal mechanisms as well as diseases and disorders of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language that affect millions of Americans.

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research
NIDCR provides leadership for a national research program designed to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent the infectious and inherited craniofacial-oral-dental diseases and disorders that compromise millions of human lives.

National Institute of Mental Health
NIMH provides national leadership dedicated to understanding, treating, and preventing mental illnesses through basic research on the brain and behavior, and through clinical, epidemiological, and services research.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
The mission of the NINDS is to reduce the burden of neurological diseases-a burden borne by every age group, every segment of society, and people all over the world. To accomplish this goal the NINDS supports and conducts research, both basic and clinical, on the normal and diseased nervous system, fosters the training of investigators in the basic and clinical neurosciences, and seeks better understanding, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of neurological disorders.


Fellowships (F-series)

All NIH awarding components offer individual postdoctoral fellowships, which provide support for research training in preparation for careers in biomedical and behavioral research.

Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR)

National Research Service Awards for Individual Fellows

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31)

Individual Predoctoral Fellowships for Minority Students (F31)

Individual Predoctoral Fellowships for Students with Disabilities (F31)

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Postdoctoral Fellows (F32)

In addition, the NIH funds institutional training (T32) programs within a number of universities and research institutions that have traineeship positions for doctoral students and/or postdoctoral trainees in communication sciences and disorders. For further information about NIDCD-funded T32 programs, contact Dr. Daniel Sklare (see program contacts for NIDCD).

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
540 Gaither Road
Rockville, MD 20850


U.S. Department of Education
Washington, DC 20202

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Head Start Bureau
370 L'Enfant Promenade, S.W.
Washington, DC 20447

National Science Foundation (NSF)
4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22230

Programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Graduate Research Fellowships
  • Postdoctoral Fellowships
  • Travel Grants for NATO Advanced Study Institutes

Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420

Programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Traineeships and fellowships
  • Predoctoral fellowships

Select List of Foundations/Corporations Supporting Research in Communication Sciences and Disorders

What is a foundation?

A foundation is an organization created by individuals or companies interested in setting aside a specified amount of money for use in awarding grants in a specific field of study. Grants are considered to be in the public interest because they support activities of tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations.

American Federation for Aging Research
70 West 40 th Street, 11 th Floor
New York, NY 10018

Programs include (but are not limited to):

  • Postdoctoral fellowships
  • Scholarships in biology of aging

American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation
2200 Research Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20850

Programs include (but are not limited to):

As a General Tip

Students should also check with their individual departments to see if funds have been set aside that serve doctoral students training in the science of human communication. Students should consult their advisors concerning their eligibility for these programs.

Compiled by Andrea Castrogiovanni * American Speech-Language-Hearing Association * 2200 Research Boulevard, Rockville, MD 20850 *

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