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Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship


Purpose

As a means of contributing to the ongoing efforts to promote inclusive excellence at UMass Amherst, and with financial support from the Provost, the Graduate School is offering a new Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship for summer 2018. The goal of this fellowship is to support doctoral and MFA candidates from underrepresented groups who are currently working towards the completion of their dissertations or MFA theses. Students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences bring fresh perspectives and insights to their departments, disciplines, and the UMass campus. This fellowship aims to promote greater diversity and inclusion on campus, in the professoriate, and among other holders of doctoral and MFA degrees by supporting students’ efforts to complete their degrees in a timely fashion. Awards will be for $4000 each. We anticipate awarding approximately 20 fellowships for summer 2018.

Fellowship Requirements

Eligibility Criteria

Nomination Process and Deadline

Questions

Nomination Form

Fellowship Requirements

  • Fellows are expected to devote the summer months to their dissertation or MFA thesis work and to make substantial progress towards completion.
  • Fellows are expected to submit a statement at the end of the summer describing the progress of their research and writing or other creative activity.
  • Fellows are expected to participate in the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development dissertation writing retreat at the beginning of the summer.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility is limited to PhD and MFA students in the following colleges:

  • College of Education
  • College of Humanities and Fine Arts
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Isenberg School of Management

Eligibility is limited to doctoral students who, at the time of application, have a dissertation prospectus on file at the Graduate School; and to MFA students who will be entering the final year of their program in fall 2018.  All students must be in good standing.
Students from traditionally underrepresented groups in the disciplines and academy are eligible for this fellowship.
Priority will be given to students who have not previously received this summer fellowship.

Nomination Process and Deadline

See the nomination form at the bottom of this page. Students may not apply directly; they must be nominated by either the GPD or dissertation/MFA thesis advisor. GPDs should circulate this announcement to their colleagues who are advising eligible students.

Questions

Questions can be directed to the Dean of the Graduate School, Barbara Krauthamer, barbara@grad.umass.edu.

Nomination Form