College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Funding Sources Databases

Various resources to assist faculty in identifying and locating funding sources for research opportunities are listed below. These databases may include different funding opportunities, so you should use all that seem relevant to your interests

Sponsored Program Information Network - SPINMore Less

Sponsored Program Information Network - SPIN is an up-to-date listing of national and international government and private funding sources. It is the No. 1 database of its kind and is used by more than 800 colleges, universities and industry clients worldwide. SPIN has information on more than 1,200 sponsoring agencies and 11,000 separate funding opportunities. It also provides listings of upcoming deadlines and allows you to customize your own e-mail notifications of funding information.

Download a handout on using SPIN.

Grants.govMore Less

Grants.gov is maintained by the federal government and allows you to search for government - wide grant opportunities.

School GrantsMore Less

School Grants provides a comprehensive index of grants available for educational research. Funding opportunities are categorized into the following groupings: federal, regional, state, and those with and without deadlines. This site also has links to some successful proposals.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA)More Less

The American Educational Research Association (AERA)With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the AERA Grants Program has a Research Grants competition that seeks to:

  • Stimulate research on U.S. education issues using data from the large-scale, national and international datasets supported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), National Science Foundation, and other federal agencies
  • Increase the number of education researchers using these data sets.

The program supports quantitative research projects that incorporate analysis of existing data from NCES, NSF or other federal agencies and have U.S. education policy relevance.

Spencer FoundationMore Less

The Spencer Foundation awards grants that fit within one or more of these four areas of inquiry:

  • The relation between education and social opportunity
  • Organizational learning in schools, school systems, and higher education institutions
  • Teaching, learning, and instructional resources
  • Purposes and values of education

The Foundation will also continue to provide an opportunity to submit field-initiated proposals outside these areas. The Spencer Foundation has two grants programs:

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)More Less

National Science FoundationMore Less

US Department of State, English Language/Academic SpecialistMore Less

The English Language Specialist Program sends experts in the field of English language teaching around the world as a part of the U.S. Department of State's soft diplomacy. They are looking for academic specialists in different areas. For more information about eligibility visit https://elprograms.org/specialist/applicants/specialist-eligibility/.