These pages are intended to help you find funding as an undergraduate student, a graduate student, or a post-doctoral researcher. The breadth of acoustical topics covered by the ASA is enormous, and funding sources for these areas of research are even broader. To help guide you through the process, the awards are categorized by academic status. Specific openings are listed in the Internship, Graduate and Post-Graduate listing pages. There is also a special section featuring tips and suggestions for writing an effective proposal. Good luck!


Be sure to take advantage of these workshops for students given periodically at ASA meetings. Previous workshop sessions include:

Fellowship and Grant Panel (Nov 2015 meeting in Jacksonville)

The Panel included successful fellowship winners, selection committee members, and fellowship agency members organized by the Student Council. The panelists (shown here) answered questions regarding grant and fellowship opportunities and application advice. A short handout specifically applying to NIH and NIDCD funding can be downloaded here.

Fellowship and Grant Panel (Dec 2013 meeting in San Francisco)

During the session, participants from various stages of academia (a Ph.D. student, postdoctoral researcher, and two faculty members) discussed fellowships and grants from their individual perspectives. Following their presentations, the panel members answered questions relating to fellowships and grants.

Fellowship and Grantwriting Workshop (Nov 2011 meeting in San Diego)

Like the previous worshop in Baltimore, presentations were given on fellowship and grant opportunities.

Fellowship and Grantwriting Workshop (April 2010 meeting in Baltimore)

During the workshop, representatives from national funding agencies, including ONR, AIP, and NSF, gave short presentations on the fellowship and grant opportunities in their agencies. They also answered questions related to fellowship and grant writing in an open panel forum.

Grants and Grantsmanship (May 2009 meeting in Portland)

Presentation slides are available from this introductory session with information about public and private funding opportunities, important considerations throughout the writing process, essential proposal components, common mistakes, how to proceed whether your grant is unscored, rejected, or funded, and notes on good grantsmanship.

Evolving Funding Opportunities (Dec 2007 meeting in New Orleans)

Presentations and roundtable discussions with expert panelists representing the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH/ NIDCD), and the Acoustical Society of America Prizes and Special Fellowships committee. The focus is to inform students and young investigators about how funding opportunities change as individuals transition from student, to post-doc, to young faculty.

The Mechanics of Grantwriting (June 2006 meeting in Providence)

Presentation slides are available from this introductory session with information about full and letter proposals, essential proposal components, common mistakes, the state of funding among federal funders, and what to do if/when your grant proposal is not funded.

Proposal Writing Tips


Grant Writing Tips Sheets from the National Institutes of Health
Grant Proposal Guide from the National Science Foundation


How to Write a Fellowship Proposal by Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Proposal Writing Resources from the University of Washington Libraries
Business Writing: How to Write Grant Proposals from

Many other grant and proposal writing tips are available through university home pages.

Top Ten List

  1. Be clear, be organized, be detailed.
  2. Avoid jargon—say what you mean in clear, simple language.
  3. Proof read your draft for spelling and grammar.
  4. Include figures and tables to help explain your work, but don’t over do it. There should be a good balance between figures and text.
  5. Use all of the space that you are given, be it 4 pages or 25.
  6. Have advisors and colleagues from your institution review the draft.
  1. Include enough background to make your point, but don’t focus on it. The focus should be your new research.
  2. Provide good alternative approaches and contingency plans in the event your original approaches do not work
  3. Describe how the proposed research addresses a gap or problem area.
  4. Impress reviewers with your up-to-date knowledge of your field … reference work from your lab and from your competitors.

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