Scholars in the News - ISSR Scholar Michelle Budig, of Sociology, on "The Motherhood Wage Penalty"

ISSR is pleased to announce that the research of Michelle Budig (Research Scholar 2012-2013) was recently highlighted in a New York Times article about her study on the motherhood wage penalty and the fatherhood wage bonus demonstrating that generally women make less money with each child they have while men’s earnings are likely to rise with marriage and children.

For the full NY Times article click here.

Other feature articles: BustleDish

Dean's Research Council Grants

Dear SBS Faculty:

We hope the start of the academic year is going smoothly for you. We are writing to let you know about opportunities for research funding in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. The Dean'’s Research Council offers SBS research support grants and speaker/conference-hosting grants for faculty. The first deadline of the year is October 15, 2014.  The Research Council will also review graduate funding for SBS dissertation research grantswhich are due October 14, 2014 (go here for more detail on graduate submissions).

SBS Undergraduate Funding Available

Cole Undergraduate Research Award

Provides $2,500 to ONE undergraduate student in SBS who is working as a research assistant with a UMass-Amherst faculty member in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; preference goes to candidates who are conducting original research with the potential to address current social problems. 
Deadline: Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SBS Spring Study Abroad Award

2015-2016 Faculty and Staff Internationalization Grant Program

The International Programs Office (IPO), Director of Libraries, and Deans of the participating colleges are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 Faculty and Staff Internationalization Grant Program in support of ongoing and newly initiated internationalization efforts to benefit the UMass campus.  These grants are available to faculty and staff from the Colleges of SPHHS, CNS, HFA, SBS, Engineering, Nursing, Education, Commonwealth Honors, and the Libraries.

Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute Call for Fellowship Applications

The Louise W. and Edmund J. Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, celebrating its 15th anniversary, warmly welcomes your participation in its projects of collaborative scholarship.  I am writing with a Call for Fellowship Applications for the two long-term projects the Institute will support in 2015-2016. Those projects will be Memory: Form, Function, and Fallibility, a yearlong project organized by Dawn Fulton, French, and Adam Hall, Biology; and Play, a semester-long (spring) project organized by Michael Thurston, English and American Studies. Descriptions of both projects are available on the Kahn Institute website (

2014 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program

The solicitation for the 2014 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) Program has been released. Up to $15 million is available for regional innovation grants. Under this program, the Department of Commerce is soliciting applications for three separate Regional Innovation Strategy funding opportunities: the i6 Challenge, Science and Research Park Development Grants, and Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs in Education Research

We are pleased to share information on the National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowship Programs in education research. Please help us distribute this information to qualified candidates, listservs, and other electronic sources by using the text below. Thank you for your assistance.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research

The Science of Hope and Optimism Funding Initiative

We are pleased to announce a $1.4 million funding initiative for new research in the social sciences on hope and optimism. We encourage proposals for research using a variety of methods from new and established scientists on these topics. We especially welcome applications from researchers in cognitive, developmental, personality, health, and social psychology, as well as sociology. Interdisciplinary teams that include members from cognate areas – e.g., cognitive science, anthropology, nursing, and biology – are encouraged though not required.