Dissertation Fellowship Application

Two CRF Fellowship awards will be made to individuals who have demonstrated superior potential in any area of family research.

One Predissertation fellowship will be awarded in the amount of $10,000, and is intended for individuals who are currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at UMass Amherst. The 2016 competition is open to individuals who have completed some graduate study but have not yet advanced to Ph.D. candidacy for the dissertation. The individual will use this fellowship award to either support his/her independent research or to assist a faculty member with his/her research on families for the academic year of the award.

One Dissertation fellowship in the amount of $10,000 will be given to a UMass Amherst Ph.D. student who exhibits the potential to make an outstanding contribution to the field of family research.  The 2016 competition is open to individuals who have advanced to Ph.D. candidacy for the dissertation (ABD-all but defended). The individual will use the award to support his/her dissertation research. The individual will work on their own independent family research project under the advisement of a faculty member.

If you are unsure if you are dissertation, or predissertation, please contact CRF before applying.


Applications are due March 4, 2016


This award is available for advanced doctoral students in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences or the College of Natural Sciences who:

- Are in the process of writing and defending their dissertation.

- Are actively enrolled in a full time graduate program and is able to commit to a year-long assistantship.

- Demonstrate a strong interest and background in family research.

- Have identified a UMass faculty member who is committed to mentoring and engaging the student in their dissertation research. Students can have their own family research project or support a faculty member’s research.  

The Award

The recipients will be responsible for providing periodic updates on their reserach progress throughout the year of the fellowship award.  Awardees will be required to attend three events at the Center for Research on Families. (April 2016 to introduce the award and research, Fall 2016 for the CRF Dinner and Reception, and Fall 2016 to present the research at a roundtable).   Awards are processed through the UMass Financial Aid Office and posted to student’s university account as a fellowship. 

To Apply

Please submit the following and complete the webform below.

Upload an up-to-date C.V. (including academic and work experience, publications, etc)

Ask your faculty mentor to send a confidential letter of support directly to CRF (see below). The letter should briefly describe the faculty member’s commitment to working with you on this family research project for the academic year of the award, as well as their investment in mentoring your own research aspirations. 

Please respond to each of these short answer questions in one single word document. Include the question and question number in your response.  (not to exceed 4 pages)

1. Describe your specific research focus including hypothesis, objectives, and the key components of your design.

2. Describe a) why you are requesting support at this time, b) what you hope to achieve during this year if you receive the fellowship, c) a deliverable you will produce, d) a plan to complete your goals, and e) a statement about why these goals may not be possible without the award.

3. Include how your work relates to the field of family research and how your research makes a difference for families.  (note: family research can be both a unit of analysis or how families are affected by the research being conducted.)

Please contact lynnette leidy sievert at leidy@anthro.umass.edu with any questions.


Applications are due March 4 2016 by 5 p.m. 


Applications will be reviewed and recipients selected by a committee convened by CRF. The awards will be announced in late March


Please complete the webform below and upload the required documents. Confidential letters of recommendation should be given to Lynnette Leidy Sievert by email (leidy@anthro.umass.edu ) or sent via campus mail (622 Tobin Hall) . 


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