Graduate Student Funding Opportunities (internal)

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.

 

3 minute thesis

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

Funding for:

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Three Minute Thesis (3MT) celebrates the research accomplishments of our graduate students while helping students develop their presentation and communication skills. These popular competitions have become a global phenomenon and offer graduate students the opportunity to communicate the significance of their research to a general audience, all in three minutes or less.

 

Dissertation Research Grants

Fund: Dissertation Research Grants
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: 1000
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

Funding for:

Dissertation Research Grants provide up to $1,000 for costs associated with data collection or analysis.

 

Pre-dissertation Research Grants

Fund: Pre-dissertation Research Grants
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: 1000
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

Funding for:

Predissertation Grants of up to $1,000 offer early career doctoral students the opportunity to evaluate the feasibility of planned dissertation research, generate pilot data, or establish the necessary networks

Dissertation Fieldwork Grants

Fund: Dissertation Fieldwork Grants
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: 5000
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

Funding for:

These grants of up to $5,000 provide support for fieldwork expenses. For the purpose of this grant, fieldwork is defined as data collection that takes place for an extended period of time (weeks or months) outside the western Massachusetts geographical area. These grants are not designed to fund data analysis, only expenses related to data collection.

 

Methodology Resource Group

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

Funding for:

Travel Grants

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: https://www.umass.edu/education/current-students/travel-grant-program

Funding for:

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.

 

Center for Research on Families Travel Awards

Fund: Center for Research on Families Travel Awards
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: 300
Eligibility: All current graduate students
General deadlines: March
Website: https://www.umass.edu/family/students/grad

Funding for:

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

 

Center for Research on Families Dissertation Awards

Fund: Center for Research on Families Dissertation Awards
Funder: Umass-Amherst
Amount of funding: 500
Eligibility: All current graduate students
General deadlines: March
Website: https://www.umass.edu/family/students/grad

Funding for:

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*.

 

Center for Research on Families Summer Methodology Scholarship

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

Funding for:

A full scholarship will be awarded to graduate students who wishes to attend the CRF Summer Methodology Workshop

 

Spaulding-Smith Fellowship

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

Funding for:

The Spaulding-Smith Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral students from historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)

 

Research Enhancement and Leadership Fellowship

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: https://www.umass.edu/graduate/inclusion/research-enhancement-and-leadership-real-fellows

Funding for:

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