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Student Research Awards



The Undergraduate Awards Application Deadline has been extended to March 24th, 5 p.m. APPLY HERE

The Deadline for all other awards has passed. Please check back with us next spring.


Deadline Passed - Graduate Student Dissertation Awards

$1,000 - $5,000 Dissertation Awards will be made to Ph.D. 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​


Deadline Passed - Undergraduate Student Research Awards

$500- $2,000 Research Awards will be made to undergraduate students enrolled at UMass Amherst who have demonstrated superior potential in any area of family research*  and seeks further mentoring in this area.

  • UMass Amherst undergraduate students (rising junior or senior)  are eligible to apply​
  • This student will assist a faculty member with his or her research on families.

Deadline Passed - Conference Registration Awards

Conference Registration 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
  • Attendance at the conference must take place between September 2021 and August 2022
  • Applicants may apply retroactively for the award if they have already attended a conference within the set time period​


Deadline Passed - Summer Methodology Scholarship

A full scholarship will be awarded to graduate students who wish to attend one of the Summer Methodology Workshops being offered by CRF or in partnership with CRF. Workshops being offered:

Stress Biomarkers: Why, What, Where, and How

  • Open to graduate students from within UMass Amherst and outside institutions as well
  • Dates: June 2022 TBD (2.5 days, virtual)
  • Instructor: Jerrold Meyer, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Hierarchical Linear Modeling 

  • Open to graduate students from within UMass Amherst
  • Dates: May 31 - June 10, 2022  (9 days, half-day programming) 
  • Instructors: Dr. Holly Laws & Dr. Aline Sayer, University of Massachusetts Amherst 



Student Award FAQs

What should my faculty advisor include in their letter of support?

Your advisor should comment on the significance of your research, their commitment to mentoring you, and your overall performance in the program.

Are the letters of support confidential?

Yes, only members of the review committee will see the letters. Ask your faculty mentor to send a confidential letter of support directly to CRF, with attention to Gisele Litalien, associate director, via email to Do not upload the letter in the online application.

Is my project considered family research? How do I know? 

The Center for Research recognizes that families take many diverse forms. We view research from all disciplines as relevant to our mission. We believe that families are best understood in the context of their social settings and through a lens of intersectionality, considering factors such as class, race, nationality, sexuality, age, and gender. Please detail how your research may impact and benefit families, broadly defined. 

Please contact with your specific questions.


The Center for Research on Families is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and encourages applications from all disciplines and
from underrepresented groups.