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Family Research Scholars (FRS) Program


Applications accepted through January, 29, 2021


Learn more about our program. Watch the recording of the Info Session hosted on Friday, December 4 at 10:30 am (Virtual via Zoom)

Family Research Scholars FAQ

Our Family Research Scholars Program seeks to build lasting and productive connections among researchers of varying disciplines. Our hope is that each faculty member realizes the possibility and reality of a long-lasting career in family research.

Since 2003, The Center for Research on Families has offered the groundbreaking Family Research Scholars Program, a year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar that provides a carefully selected group of UMass Amherst faculty the opportunities for peer mentorship, and national expert consultation to prepare a large grant proposal in support of their research. Selected faculty are given a one-semester course buyout to provide the valuable time required for their research. Activities are designed to create collaborations with faculty from different disciplines at various stages in their research careers. Family Research Scholars, all possessing time and technical expertise, participate in seminar activities that include:

  • presentations and discussions of the Scholars’ developing proposal
  • concrete instruction on the details of successful proposal submission
  • access to the resources of the University and other institutions
  • individualized methodology consultation and information about relevant funding agencies
  • the opportunity to invite a national expert to campus to provide individual consul­tation on the Scholars' research topic 

The Center for Research on Families (CRF) contributes to innovative and evidence-based solutions to some of the most pressing issues facing families today through interdisciplinary research focused on the diversity, health, and well-being of families. Our Scholars look at the influence of biological, social, cultural, and environmental factors on families, and how they impact the health, well-being and functioning of families. Family researchers at CRF study the function and structure of the family unit and individuals using human and animal models. 

Our Family Research Scholars have been economists, engineers, biologists, political scientists, anthropologists, nutritionists, environment scientists, lawyers, sociologists, psychologists, nurses, researchers in public health, and more.

Each year, hundreds of faculty, students, researchers, staff and community members participate in CRF's successful research programs and collaborative opportunities. Read through our Family Research Scholar FAQs to learn more!