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Student Research


The Student Research Awards & Graduate Student Grant Writing Program


CRF recognizes the importance of supporting family researchers at all stages of their careers. The Student Research Awards Program at CRF provides funding for undergraduate and graduate students to work closely with faculty mentors on family research. Our awards also recognize outstanding student research on family issues. Award recipients are given funding, mentorship and this year's recipients were given the opportunity to participate in a bi-weekly seminar modeled after our Faculty Research Program where they present their research questions, methods and findings to fellow recipients and CRF faculty. Students who participated received valuable guidance and feedback on their project design and methodology and the experience of grappling with challenges with seasoned researchers and peers from across disciplines.

The Center for Research on Families has developed a program to facilitate and support graduate students who are conducting family research in the development of successful graduate fellowship applications. Applicants must be in the first three years of a graduate PhD program; preference will be given to students in their first two years.

Family research is broadly defined and encompasses all disciplines. UMass Amherst students from all programs and departments are eligible to apply and representation across disciplines is desired. Applicants will be rated based on the quality and broader significance of their research, relevance to issues affecting families, and overall intellectual merit. Preference will be given to first time applicants and individuals who have not previously won the award.

To learn more about CRF’s research awards, application guidelines and deadlines, and the Graduate Student Grant Writing Program please use the links on the left of the page.

Applications are closed for Spring of 2019. Check back in the Fall 2019 for Fall Travel Awards and in Spring 2020 for all other awards.