How to Become a Grant Administrator

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How to Become a Grant Administrator. A grant administrator is responsible for assessing grant applications, disbursing grant monies and overseeing their proper and legal use. A grand administrator can be employed both by governmental and educational institutions that offer grant monies, and training opportunities for people who want to become a grant administrator are available through national non-profit organizations.

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Go to college. The minimum education required to become a grant administrator is a Bachelor's degree, though many grant administrator positions do not necessarily specify a required field of study. However, if you are planning to be a grant administrator, it is wise to study in a field where grant applications are common practice, such as a science- or research-related subject.

Learn more about the resources provided by professional networks like the National Grants Management Association, (NGMA), the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) or the Society of Research Administrators (SRA). Through these professional organizations, you can find information on endorsed training seminars and specialized education courses that will prepare you for a career in grant management.

Apply to a certificate program in grant management. The seminars offered through groups like the NGMA, NACUBO and SRA are tracked in three different ways. You can specialize in the federal track, pass-through track or recipient track.

Decide which track you'd prefer to work in. The federal track trains workers for government grant administration positions. The pass-through track specializes in readying students for careers in facilitating the grant-to-recipient relationship and the recipient track teaches how to help people who need grants apply for and get them.

Complete all your certificate requirements, including full attendance in all classes and satisfactory performance on your final examinations. Once you've finished your certificate training, ask the institution you attended to help you find job prospects, or use the services available through the NGMA, NACUBO or SRA.

Keep your skills and knowledge current. It is suggested that a grant administrator supplement her work experience by taking at least 16 days of additional seminars and classes per calendar year. At minimum, you should be well-versed in any impending changes to the federal grant disbursing structure at all times by joining one of the professional organizations (NGMA, NACUBO or SRA).


Do your undergraduate degree in finance, government or a human resources-related field. These areas of study translate best to the type of work you'll be doing once you become a grant administrator.