April 6, 2020


The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the 2020-20121 ISSR Scholars, who represent five colleges and six departments across the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus. Joya Misra, Director of the Institute for Social Science Research, notes, “Social science is a critical part of shaping better outcomes in our world, and we are delighted to support important research carried out by this group of varied and dynamic social scientists.”

April 3, 2020

This week, the Center for Employment Equity released a new report entitled The COVID-19 Recession: An Opportunity to Reform our Low-Wage Economy?A shorter, public briefing paper on the same topic appears in The Conversation under the title How the coronavirus recession puts service workers at risk .

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April 1, 2020

Call for Letters of Inquiry for Timely or COVID-19-Related Social Science Research
Application Deadline: May 21st, 2020 (2 PM EST)

The Russell Sage Foundation was established in 1907 for “the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States.” It dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data, and theoretical core of the social sciences in order to better understand societal problems and develop informed responses.

COSSA Headlines: A monthly look at what's new and noteworthy in social science policy
March 31, 2020

The current COSSA Washington Update contains a wealth of information to help social scientists follow the changing landscape of rules and resources at the federal agencies that fund social science research, as the government responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

See the highlights below, and subscribe to the COSSA Washington Update to stay abreast this of fast-changing context.

March 16, 2020

In response to heightened concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and in keeping with the decision to transition to remote course delivery at the UMass Amherst campus , we are writing to share some of our ongoing efforts to promote excellence in the social sciences during this period.

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February 12, 2020

Applications are now open for the Spring 2020 cycle of the Graduate School Grant Programs!

The Graduate School will award more than $100,000 in 2019-20 to current UMass doctoral students to support dissertation research across all fields.

Three types of competitive awards are available:

  • Dissertation Research Grants
  • Fieldwork Grants
  • Predissertation Grants.

New for 2019-20! Supplements for Travel with Children