Upcoming Events


Grant and Fellowship Advice for LGBTQIA+ Graduate Students

Sep 27, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Online with OPD and the Stonewall Center!

The grant and fellowship landscape for LGBTQIA+ students includes many possibilities, but also many questions. This session will outline funding opportunities for LGBTQIA+ graduate students, offer strategies for when and how to discuss your identity in a personal statement, and address questions such as using legal name vs. chosen name in funding applications. Co-sponsored by oSTEM and the Stonewall Center. 


NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Series: Broader Impacts & Intellectual Merit

Sep 28, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

538 Goodell

Trained NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Mentors have organized this series to support students preparing NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) applications. Mentors, all former NSF GRFP recipients, will lead sessions that focus on elements of a competitive application; this session will focus on identifying and communicating Broader Impacts and Intellectual Merit, two critical review criteria.


Work-Life Balance in Graduate School

Oct 5, 2021 | 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Online with OPD!

Graduate school is a busy time and academia is well-known for its high expectations, particularly when it comes to how many hours we work. How can we find a balance between our personal lives and the work we do? Finding that balance can lead to increased productivity and happiness. Come learn some tips to start on the right path. 


Recent News


Doctoral Oral Exams for October 4, 2021 - October 8, 2021

The Graduate Dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates below. Contact the department for more information about exams conducted by Zoom. Exams are scheduled as follows:

Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being

UMass Amherst Graduate School Endorses Statement of Principles & Commitments to Support Graduate Student Mental Health & Well-being

The findings and recommendations summarized in Supporting Graduate Student Mental Health and Well-being are intended to provide a starting point for discussion and action for all campus groups with a vested interest in the quality of graduate education

NSF Funding Recipients

Four Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Four current graduate students were awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to support their graduate studies at UMass Amherst. The Fellowship provides a $34,000 stipend for three years, along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance to the institution.

According to NSF, the Graduate Research Fellowship is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind and the program “has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.”

Another UMass Graduate Student awarded NSF funding for Cutting Edge Internship

Brooke Burrows, a PhD student in in the Psychology of Peace and Violence program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, was recently awarded funding from the National Science Foundation to support a six month internship. Part of NSF’s INTERN program, the award is designed to provide non-academic research experience and training to graduate students.


Graduate School by the Numbers

  • 7100+ Students Enrolled
  • 48 Doctoral Programs
  • 78 Master's Programs

Brian Mullen applies positive pressure

With undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Brian has invented a vest that improves care for people with autism.