Research Enhancement and Leadership (REAL) Fellowship
The Research Enhancement and Leadership (REAL) Fellowship is awarded to outstanding doctoral and MFA students from historically underrepresented groups in the humanities and arts, social sciences, education, nursing and business. The fellowship provides four years of summer support in the form of a $5,000 fellowship each summer (two years for MFA students). Only Graduate Program Director or Admission Chair can nominate incoming students who have been admitted to a UMass Amherst doctoral or MFA program. Awardees are selected by the REAL selection committee.
REAL Fellows are included in a variety of programs, including informal, monthly mentoring meals, professional development workshops, and other events designed to facilitate a cohesive community of young scholars. They are part of a vibrant and supportive community of graduate students, faculty and staff who are all committed graduate student success here at UMass Amherst. Currently, there are over 160 students in the REAL Fellowship Program.
Program Guidelines as a REAL Fellow:
- Maintain continuous enrollment as a full-time student in your program and make satisfactory progress towards your degree.
- Serve as a peer mentor for incoming fellows in your discipline/field after your first year.
- Participate in community, mentoring and professional development programs hosted by the Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Engagement throughout the academic year.
Please contact the oie [at] grad [dot] umass [dot] edu (Office of Inclusion & Engagement).
Interested in nominating an admitted student for the REAL Fellowship? Nominate a Student for the REAL Fellowship