The University of Iowa

Graduate and Professional Student Services

What Services A​re Provided?

With the support of the Graduate College, the Division of Sponsored Programs office serves as a resource center for graduate and professional students as they begin their begin their funding searches and  pursue external funding opportunities for research and scholarly activities. 

Services to Departments and Graduate/Professional Student Groups

  • An introduction and orientation to the DSP’s overall resources for Graduate and Professional Students;
  • Presentations that teach funding search strategies as a process and demonstrate effective use of the available databases
  • Presentations on key principles of effective grantsmanship. 
  • Customized presentations on request.

Services​ to Students

Information-Gathering Services

  • Individual appointments to help frame short/long term goals for funding and a search strategy
  • Hands-on training to maximize success using subscription databases and online resources
  • Assistance in requesting information, such as program guidelines if unavailable on web
  • Access to the UI's electronic Grant Bulletin, updated weekly and used to announce upcoming funding programs and application deadlines

Application Development Services

  • Guidance in locating and understanding funder guidelines 
  • Individual review sessions to critique and workshop applications in progress 
  • Provide relevant online guides and resources for grant preparation
  • Group presentations on grantsmanship skills

Submission Support

  • Assistance  creating official UI files of applications through the UIRIS routing form  (Graduate College requires of all graduate students)*
  • Free photocopying services to expedite the proposal submission process
  • Free courier service to deliver applications for external funding
  • Free phone and fax for funding queries and application completion 

Individual appointments with our graduate assistants are available at any point in the student's search and application process. To make an appointment, contact .

*At the end of each academic year, the Graduate College gathers data on all graduate and professional student applications and success stories regardless of the size of the award. The information collected fundamentally impacts future planning and resource management. The UIRIS routing form is crucial in this process.  No matter the size of the award, there must be a UIRIS form created. And no matter the outcome, the results of every funding application must be reported.