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Graduate Grant Writing Program Application

Complete the online application below. Please make sure to submit all information.


Check back in spring 2021 for application materials


Please respond to each of these short-answer questions in a single document file and upload it with the application below. Please make sure to include the question number in your response. (This should be no more than four to five pages double-spaced, with standard 1" margins and 12-point Times font.)

A. From the graduate student candidate:

      a. Research Description document (submit via form below):

  1. Proposed title which communicates the focus of your research
  2. A statement of the research problem your research will address
  3. A statement of the translational and/or theoretical significance of your research problem
  4. A brief statement of your methodology (enough so reviewers knows the general approach your research takes)
  5. A brief statement explaining why your proposed research matters for families

       NOTE: We recognize that, as new graduate students, your research ideas are still in development. We encourage students to develop their ideas in close consultation with their mentor.

       b. Current CV (be sure to include outreach activities). Upload your document using the form below.
       c. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial copies are sufficient).  Transcripts may be submitted through the form below, via email  to or sent via campus/postal mail to: 
           Center for Research on Families, attn: Gisele Litalien, 135 Hicks Way, 622 Tobin Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA  01003.

B. From the Faculty Mentor

a. A confidential letter of support for the candidate describing your commitment to the student, the significance of their research topic, and your commitment to support the scholars program, including your willingness to meet the mentor responsibilities described in the Call for Proposals. This letter can be emailed to the attention of Dr. Maureen Perry-Jenkins, CRF Director, at


Check back in spring 2021 for application materials


Please complete the webform below and upload the required documents. Confidential letters of support should be sent separately using the instructions above.

Please contact Gisele Litalien, if you encounter difficulty submitting your application.





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This question is optional. Please indicate by typing Yes or No in the box above if you qualify for diversity related scholarships based on the following NIH criteria: Do you identify as African American, Hispanic American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander or as an individual with disabilities, defined or as someone with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, as described in the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended?