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2016 Summer Dissertation Fellowship


The Graduate School has recently received funding from Provost Newman to launch a major new Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship that will enhance inclusive excellence at UMass Amherst. This fellowship will support doctoral and MFA candidates from underrepresented groups who are currently working towards the completion of their dissertations or MFA theses. Students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences bring fresh perspectives and insights to their departments, disciplines, and the UMass campus. This fellowship will promote greater diversity and inclusion on campus, in the professoriate, and among doctoral and MFA degree recipients by supporting students’ efforts to complete their degrees in a timely fashion. About 35 one-time awards of $4000 will be made for summer 2016. Download the nomination form by clicking here


Fellowship Requirements

Fellows will be expected to do the following:

  • Devote the summer months to their dissertation or MFA thesis work and to make substantial progress towards completion;
  • Submit a statement at the end of the summer describing the progress of their research and writing or other creative activity;
  • Present their research at an on-campus symposium to be held during fall semester 2016;
  • Attend occasional professional development activities organized for them by the Graduate School.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligibility is limited to PhD, EdD, and MFA students in the following colleges:
    • College of Education
    • College of Humanities and Fine Arts
    • College of Nursing
    • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Isenberg School of Management
  • Nominees from doctoral programs must have a dissertation prospectus on file at the Graduate School.
  • Nominees from MFA programs must be entering the final year of their program in fall 2016 and have attained good academic standing.
  • Please note that fellowship funding for UMass colleges not listed above is distributed through the STEM Diversity Institute. 


Nomination Process and Deadline

Students must be nominated by their GPD or dissertation/MFA thesis advisor using the nomination form, which can be downloaded by clicking here. All nomination packets must be delivered to the Graduate Dean's Office, 514 Goodell, by Friday, February 5th, at 5:00 p.m.



Questions about this fellowship program can be directed to Barbara Krauthamer, associate dean of the Graduate School, at