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Vanderbilt has subscribed to an extensive, searchable database for grants, scholarships, awards, and fellowships from a wide variety of external funding sources: Pivot. All Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff have free access to this database. To access and use Pivot:

  • Log onto using your Vanderbilt email address, and create your account and password (you can use the site as a guest but will not be able to access certain Pivot functions).
  • Using the advanced search function, enter appropriate key words for your research interests and specify other parameters (type of award, duration of study/research, deadlines, activity location, citizenship, etc.) to help you narrow your search findings. If you do not specify your parameters the search may retrieve numerous opportunities that you will have to sort through but for which you may not be eligible.
  • You can also name and save searches and request updates to be sent to your email address.
  • If desired, you can create a profile and share information with other scholars (note that many faculty members already have a profile created by Pivot staff based on web searches; be sure to update your profile and correct any errors).
  • Tutorials are available on the website to help with the search process.

 It is useful to undertake several searches, one with more general key words, such as “social science,” “humanities,” “anthropology,” or “philosophy, ” as well as a more focused search on the specifics of your topic, such as “eighteenth-century British literature,” “race relations,” or “brain trauma."

Advanced Pivot training:

Melissa Vandewater, Development Coordinator, Corporate & Foundation Relations Office,, offers more advanced training in using Pivot for those who interested.

Other useful grants databases: