Fellowship Funding for Graduate Students of Color

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 12:00pm

Ever wondered what fellowships you might be eligible for as a person of color? Come to this information session and learn first-hand from successful fellowship recipients. We will outline a variety of fellowship opportunities, highlighting those with deadlines in January and February. Our panel will provide information about writing a competitive proposal and resources to get your proposal out the door on time.  

Pre-registration is requested but not required.

***Pizza will be provided.

This event is sponsored by the Graduate School Office of Professional Development and Institute for Social Science Research. 

Below are just a few examples of grants with deadlines in the coming months: 

American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program: $18,000 for minority graduate students beginning or in early stages of a PhD in sociology. Deadline: January 31, 2015

Website: http://www.asanet.org/funding/mfp.cfm


Chavez/ Marshall/ Eastman Dissertation Fellowship at Dartmouth College: Offers a $26,000 stipend plus up to $2,500 for research costs for minority graduate students who plan to teach at the college/university level, to complete their dissertation in residence at Dartmouth. Deadline: February 1 annually. Website: http://graduate.dartmouth.edu/funding/fellowships/cem.html


Smithsonian Minority Awards Program: Full-time (40 hours per week), ten-week appointments at one of the art, history, or science museums for minority students in the museum field. Stipend $600 per week plus small research allowance and possible travel assistance. Deadline: October 1 annually (for spring), February 1 annually (for summer or fall). Website:http://www.smithsonianofi.com/internship-opportunities/minority-awards-program

Meet your panel: 

Dr. ""Brigitte Holt
Professor and former Graduate Program Director 
of Anthropology, will offer advice and the faculty perspective on experiences in coaching student fellowship applicants.

Website: http://www.umass.edu/physanth/drholt.html


Ranysha Ware is a second-year master's student in Computer Science who has received a GEM Engineering Fellowship. For the past two summers she has been an intern with MIT Lincoln Lab as a part of her GEM Fellowship and will be working there full time once she graduates.



Steven Tagle is a second-year fiction writer (English) in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers. He is the recipient of a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans.


Panel organizers: 


Sarah Vega-Liros is a staff member at the Institute for Social Science Research and serves as the Research and Engagement liaison assigned to faculty, graduate students and staff in the Colleges of Humanities and Fine Arts and Social and Behavioral Sciences. She specializes in assisting with the submission of grant and fellowship proposals and their compliance with University policies and procedures. 


Heidi Bauer-Clapp is Coordinator of Grants and Fellowships in the Graduate School's Office of Professional Development. Heidi supports grad students in the process of applying for external funding. Heidi is also a PhD candidate in anthropology whose research focuses on the challenges and opportunities communities face when remembering painful aspects of the past.