Grant Calendar

Check here for graduate student funding opportunities that may be of interest.

Please check each funder's website for the most up-to-date information. This page is only intended as a guide.

 

Fund: 3 minute thesis
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: Final Round First Place Finisher: $1,000

Final Round Runner-Up: $500

Final Round People’s Choice (determined by audience vote): $500
Eligibility: UMass Amherst graduate students from any discipline are welcome to participate if they meet all the eligibility requirements. Participants must:

be enrolled full-time as a graduate student at UMass Amherst;

be in good academic standing;

present on their independent academic research; and

be available to participate in person in a preliminary round of competition and, if selected as a finalist, the campus Final.
General deadlines: February
Website: https://www.umass.edu/graduate/professional-development/three-minute-thesis

Process:

When preparing your presentation please keep the following rules in mind:

  • Participants are limited to three minutes for their presentation and time is strictly enforced.
  • Participants are allowed to use a single static PowerPoint-style slide.
  • no slide transitions, animations or “movements” of any kind are permitted;
  • your slide is to be shown from the beginning of your presentation; and
  • no additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files) are permitted.
  • No props (e.g. costumes, musical instruments, laboratory equipment) are permitted.
  • Presentations are to be spoken word (eg. no poems, raps, or songs).
  • Presenters must remain on stage for the duration of their presentation (e.g. you may not walk through the audience as you speak or start your presentation from the back of the room).
  • Presentations (and the three minute timer) begin when a presenter starts their presentation through either movement or speech.
  • Questions on whether participants have adhered to competition rules will be referred to the judging panel; the decision of the judging panel is final.

 

 

Fund: Dissertation Research Grants
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: $1,000
Eligibility: UMass Amherst doctoral students enrolled in a campus-based degree program and in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Students may receive this grant only once. Applicants who were not awarded a grant in a previous application cycle are eligible to reapply. Students may accept only one Predissertation, Fieldwork, or Dissertation Research Grant from the Graduate School in an academic year
General deadlines: October
Website: https://www.umass.edu/graduate/funding/internal-funding

Process:

How to Apply

A completed application includes:

  • A Dissertation Research Grant Application. Note: This application includes six sections and you must complete all six at once. Review this sample application and assemble all required information before beginning the online application.
  • A one-page, single-spaced Project Description (uploaded as a PDF in the Dissertation Research Grant Application). All figures and references must be included within the one-page limit. Avoid jargon and technical language in your Project Description, as the content should be understandable by faculty in other fields. Use 11 or 12 pt. font and one inch margins on all sides of the document. Your Project Description should address each of the following:
  • What do you seek to accomplish with your dissertation research? (i.e., what are your research questions/aims/objectives?)
  • How will you accomplish this? (i.e., what research methods will you use?)
  • What contribution(s) will this research make?
  • How would a Dissertation Research Grant contribute to your ability to successfully complete your dissertation?
  • A Budget Table (use this template; upload your completed Budget Table as a PDF in the Dissertation Research Grant Application. See tips below for preparing your Budget Table and Budget Justification.)
  • A Budget Justification, which provides details on how you arrived at the amounts listed in the Budget Table (upload as a PDF in the Dissertation Research Grant Application; use the tips below and review this sample Budget Table and Budget Justification to understand how these documents should be prepared.)
  • A letter of recommendation from your advisor (see instructions below)
  • Include your first and last name in the file name for every document you upload to the Dissertation Research Grant Application.

 

Fund: Pre-dissertation Research Grants
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: $1,000
Eligibility: UMass Amherst doctoral students enrolled in a campus-based degree program and in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Students may receive this grant only once. Applicants who were not awarded a grant in a previous application cycle are eligible to reapply. Students may accept only one Predissertation, Fieldwork, or Dissertation Research Grant from the Graduate School in an academic year
General deadlines: October
Website: https://www.umass.edu/graduate/funding/internal-funding

Process:

How to Apply

  • A completed application includes:
  • A Predissertation Grant Application. This application includes seven sections and you must complete all seven at once. Review this sample application and assemble all required information before beginning the online application.
  • A Budget Table (use this template; completed Budget Table is uploaded as a PDF with the Predissertation Grant Application. See tips below for preparing your Budget Table and Budget Justification.)
  • A Budget Justification, which provides details on how you arrived at the amounts listed in the Budget Table (uploaded as a PDF with the Predissertation Grant Application; use the tips below and review this sample Budget Table and Budget Justification to understand how these documents should be prepared.)
  • A letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor (see instructions below)
  • Include your first and last name in the file name for every document you upload to the Predissertation Research Grant Application.

 

Fund: Dissertation Fieldwork Grants
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: $5,000
Eligibility: UMass Amherst doctoral students enrolled in a campus-based degree program and in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Students may receive this grant only once. Applicants who were not awarded a grant in a previous application cycle are eligible to reapply. Students may accept only one Predissertation, Fieldwork, or Dissertation Research Grant from the Graduate School in an academic year
General deadlines: October
Website: https://www.umass.edu/graduate/funding/internal-funding

Process:

How to Apply

A completed application includes:

  • A Fieldwork Grant Application. This application includes six sections and you must complete all six at once. Review this sample application and assemble all required information before beginning the online application.
  • A three-page, single-spaced Project Description (uploaded as a PDF in the Fieldwork Grant Application). All figures and references must be included within the three-page limit. Avoid jargon and technical language in your Project Description, as the content should be understandable by faculty in other fields. Use 11 or 12 pt. font and one inch margins on all sides of the document.Your Project Description should address each of the following:
  • What do you seek to accomplish with your dissertation research? (i.e., what are your research questions/aims/objectives?)
  • How will you accomplish this? (i.e., what research methods will you use?)
  • What contribution(s) will this research make?
  • How would a Fieldwork Grant contribute to your ability to successfully complete your dissertation?
  • A Budget Table (use this template; upload your completed Budget Table as a PDF in the Fieldwork Grant Application. See tips below for preparing your Budget Table and Budget Justification.)
  • A Budget Justification , which provides details on how you arrived at the amounts listed in the Budget Table (upload the Budget Justification as a PDF in the Fieldwork Grant Application; use the tips below and review this sample Budget Table and Budget Justification to understand how these documents should be prepared.)
  • A letter of recommendation submitted by your advisor (see instructions below).
  • Include your first and last name in the file name for every document you upload to the Fieldwork Grant Application.

 

Fund: Methodology Resource Group
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding:
Eligibility:
General deadlines: ongoing
Website: https://www.umass.edu/issr/news-browse-by-topic/71

Process:

The Institute for Social Science Research posts opportunities on their page that might be of interest to graduate students

 

Fund: Travel grants
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: $800 for International conferences

$500 for National conferences

$300 for New England regional conferences
Eligibility: Students currently enrolled as a Masters or Doctoral student in the College of Education are eligible to apply for conference travel grants to subsidize their attendance as a presenter at a regional, national or international conference. These funds are not designed to cover research related expenses.
General deadlines: September to August
Website:

Process:

Application Requirements:

  • Application form specifying the details of the conference (name, date, venue), the details of your participation (title of paper, title of panel), and the anticipated budget for attendance (eligible categories are travel, registration fees, and hotel costs).
  • Letter/email from conference organizers confirming your participation as a paper presenter in the conference.
  • List of any previous Conference Travel Grants you have received from the department, college, or Graduate School.
  • Awarded funds will be released upon presentation of original receipts, i.e. after the conclusion of the conference. All receipts must be submitted within 90 days of conference travel.
  • For additional information please contact your departmental administrator:
  • Educational Policy, Research and Administration – Jennie Southgate jsouthgate@educ.umass.edu
  • Student Development – Hillary Osgood hosgood@umass.edu
  • Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies –Sonya Perez sonyaperez@umass.edu

 

Fund: Center for Research on families Travel Awards
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: 300.00
Eligibility: All current graduate students
General deadlines: March
Website: https://www.umass.edu/family/students/grad

Process:

CRF Travel Awards

  • Travel Awards of up to $300 are given to selected Graduate Students meeting the following criteria:
  • Students must be presenting or have presented original family research at a national conference
  • Student should be the first author on an accepted paper or poster to be presented at the conference
  • Travel to the conference must take place between September 2019 and August 2020
  • Applicants may apply retroactively for the award if they have already attended a conference within the set time period​
  • Check back in spring 2021 for application materials

 

Fund: Center for Research on Families Dissertation Awards
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: 500.00
Eligibility: All current graduate students
General deadlines: March
Website: https://www.umass.edu/family/students/grad

Process:

CRF Dissertation Awards

  • $500 Dissertation Awards will be made to PhD students enrolled at UMass Amherst who have demonstrated superior potential in any area of family research*.
  • Advanced doctoral students who are in the process of defending their prospectus and/or dissertation and working on their doctoral research are eligible to apply​
  • Check back in spring 2021 for application materials

 

Fund: Center for Research on Families Summer Methodology Scholarship
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: A scholarship
Eligibility: All current graduate students
General deadlines: March
Website: https://www.umass.edu/family/students/grad

Process:

A full scholarship will be awarded to graduate students who wishes to attend the CRF Summer Methodology Workshop: Stress Biomarkers: Why, What, Where, and How

Dates: June 22 - June 24 (2.5 days, morning only June 24)

Instructors: Jerrold Meyer, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Lisa Troy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Katie Dixon-Gordon, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Richard Hunter, University of Massachusetts Boston​

Check back in spring 2021 for application materials

 

Fund: Spaulding-Smith Fellowship
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: support during first and final year of graduate school
Eligibility: Incoming and last year STEM doctoral students
General deadlines: nomination by a faculty member for incoming students
Website: https://www.umass.edu/graduate/inclusion/spaulding-smith-fellows

Process:

  • The Spaulding-Smith Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Named for two UMass Amherst alumni — Major Franklin Spaulding (the first African American to receive a doctorate) and Elizabeth Hight Smith (the first woman to receive a graduate degree) — this fellowship provides financial support during the first and final year of graduate school. Incoming students seeking admission to UMass Amherst doctoral programs can be nominated by their Graduate Program Director or Admission Chair.
  • Fellows are included in a variety of programs, including informal, monthly mentoring dinners, professional development workshops, and other events designed to facilitate a cohesive community of young scholars. They are part of a vibrant and supportive community of graduate students, faculty and staff who are all committed graduate student success here at UMass Amherst.

 

Fund: Research Enhancement and Leadership Fellowship
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: 4 years of summer support in the amount of $4000
Eligibility: doctoral students and MFA students
General deadlines: nomination by a faculty member for incoming students
Website:

Process:

  • The Research Enhancement and Leadership (REAL) Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral and MFA students from historically underrepresented groups in the humanities and arts, social sciences, education, nursing and business. The fellowship provides four years of summer support in the form of a $4000 fellowship each summer (two years for MFA students). Prospective students seeking admission to UMass Amherst graduate programs can be nominated by their Graduate Program Director or Admission Committee Chair.
  • REAL Fellows are included in a variety of programs, including informal, monthly mentoring dinners, professional development workshops, and other events designed to facilitate a cohesive community of young scholars. They are part of a vibrant and supportive community of graduate students, faculty and staff who are all committed graduate student success here at UMass Amherst.

 

 

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