The Institute for Social Science Research Scholars Program supports social science faculty from across the university to build new directions in their research programs.
ISSR Scholars receive a course-release to pursue a regular year-long seminar facilitated by experienced research grant recipients, as well as grant preparation support from ISSR's Grants, Personnel and Budget Manager Karen Mason. The seminar includes ongoing presentations and discussion of faculty research proposals, advice on grant writing and submission, information about grant agencies, and funding to enable consultation with nationally recognized scholars for consultation.
ISSR Scholars have emerged from all of the UMass Colleges, and have obtained an unprecedented funding success rate of over 80% since 2012.
Applications are now closed for the 2019-20 Scholars Program. We encourage social science faculty of all ranks and schools to apply next year, regardless of their external funding history.
Meet our scholars
- All ranks of social science faculty across the university. Participating faculty’s department chairs must approve the proposed course reduction, and applicants outside of SBS must obtain the approval of their Dean.
- In addition to the individual Scholars application, a new option this year is acceptance of applications for Scholar Collaborators. We will now accept applications from interdisciplinary partners who are working on joint grant proposals. The two people who are applying as Scholar Collaborators must be from two different home departments at UMass; cross-college collaborations are also encouraged.
Deadlines and Questions
The application window for next year's ISSR Scholars Program is closed.
Information about applying for the Scholars programs will be back in the Fall semester.
If you have any questions about the ISSR Scholars Program please Email Laurel Smith-Doerr.