Grants & Fellowships
Competitive external grants and fellowships provide valuable financial support, and the prestige associated with these awards can boost the career of graduate students and postdocs. Events offered by OPD teach graduate students and postdocs tips and tools to strategically search for relevant funding and help participants craft competitive, cohesive funding proposals.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans: Info Session
Sep 23, 2019 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Commonweath College Events Hall (next to Roots Café)
The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, which honors the contributions of immigrants and children of immigrants to the United States, provides two years of funding for graduate study. At this event PD Soros Communications Director Nikka Landau will share information about the fellowship and navigating the application process. Graduate students in their first or second year of study are eligible to apply by the Nov. 1, 2019 deadline. Co-sponsored by ONSA
Funding Search Strategies for International Students & Postdocs
Sep 24, 2019 | 11:30am - 1:00pm | 904-08 Campus Center
Many external grants and fellowships are restricted to US citizens or permanent residents, posing a challenge for international graduate students and postdocs. This session will offer strategies to help international students and postdocs search for external funding and understand related visa requirements. A pizza lunch is provided. Co-sponsored by the International Programs Office.
Writing Competitive Personal Statements
Sep 24, 2019 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | 538 Goodell
What do fellowship reviewers want to learn from personal statements? How do personal statements differ from research proposals? And what’s too personal? This session will help demystify the personal statement and provide tips for framing, writing, and revising a winning essay.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Series: Research Statements
Sep 25, 2019 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | 145 Integrated Sciences Building
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 refining your Research Statement, often the most challenging aspect of the application.
Writing Fundable Project Descriptions
Sep 26, 2019 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | E20 Machmer
There is both an art and a science to crafting fundable project descriptions. In this session we will discuss common proposal sections such as the literature review, methodological approach, and research contributions. Joya Misra, Director of the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and Professor of Sociology, will offer insight on what funders look for in these sections. Bring your lunch, dessert provided. Co-sponsored by ISSR.
Grant and Fellowship Peer Review Session
Sep 26, 2019 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm | 538 Goodell
Soliciting feedback on a draft of your funding proposal is critical but not always easy. Our peer review session will provide a low-stakes opportunity to receive high-impact feedback. In addition, evaluating a peer’s application will provide new perspective on your application and help strengthen your own writing. Pre-registration required; further instructions will be emailed upon registration.
Grant and Fellowship Writing Day
Sep 27, 2019 | 10:00am - 2:00pm | 538 Goodell
Fall is a busy time for grant and fellowship applications—how are yours coming along? Our Writing Day provides space for you to write, with help on hand to answer questions or provide quick feedback on your draft. This is a drop-in event, come for as little or as long as you want. Fuel your writing with coffee and light refreshments in the morning and a pizza lunch.
Grant Series Part III: Soliciting Feedback & Revising
Sep 27, 2019 | 3:00pm - 3:45pm | 538 Goodell
Want to turn a good funding application into a great one? Solicit feedback on your writing and make time for revisions. Come learn techniques, and get a dose of confidence, to accomplish these critical tasks. This is the final offering in a three-part series, but previous attendance is not required to participate.
Ford Foundation Fellowships: Application Strategies
Oct 2, 2019 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | 905-09 Campus Center
The Ford Foundation awards generous and prestigious predoctoral, dissertation, and postdoctoral fellowships to students interested in careers in higher education who demonstrate a commitment to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students. Our panelists, including faculty reviewers and successful Ford Foundation Fellowship recipients, will provide advice on how to craft a competitive and cohesive application.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Peer Review Session
Oct 2, 2019 | 6:00pm - 7:30pm | 538 Goodell
Soliciting feedback on a draft of your funding proposal is critical but not always easy. Our peer review session will provide a low-stakes opportunity to receive high-impact feedback. Limited to those preparing applications for NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Pizza provided at the Wednesday evening session. Pre-registration is required; further instructions will be emailed upon registration.
There are several searchable databases to help you find external funding opportunities. Spend some time experimenting with these databases, as each has various strengths and weaknesses. If your first search isn’t successful, try altering your search parameters, then try the same search using one of the other databases on this list.
- UMass maintains an institutional subscription to Grant Forward, which allows members of the UMass community to use this database for free. Create an account using your campus email address to link to our subscription.
- The Fellowship Finder from the University of Illinois is a great general-purpose tool. Funding opportunities are specific to graduate students and post doctoral students and you can filter results by citizenship status. Disciplinary categories are quite broad so use keywords or filters strategically to narrow your search results.
- The UCLA Graduate & Postdoctoral Extramural Support database is particularly useful when searching for post doctoral student funding. This database also includes a wide range of disciplines/fields, and you can filter results by citizenship status.
Some of the most common graduate and post doctoral student external funding opportunities are listed below, organized by month of deadline.
Provides an $9,000 stipend for 12 weeks of work at an Academy in Washington, DC, to learn more about policy or other non-academic work in STEM fields.
Support promising young scientists, engineers and mathematicians conducting applied work for the benefit of humanity.
For independent international research; UMass has an internal deadline.
Provides a $30,000 stipend to support advanced graduate students in the humanities and related social sciences in the last year of PhD dissertation writing.
Provides a $27,000 stipend for one year to support data analysis and dissertation writing for graduate students conducting research related to education.
Provides up to three years of support for social science and STEM graduate students who have not completed more than one year of graduate study at the time of application.
Provides $5,000 to support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. candidates in the humanities and social sciences whose work addresses topics of women and gender in interdisciplinary and original ways.
Science & Technology Policy Fellowships provide the opportunity for accomplished scientists and engineers to participate in and contribute to the federal policymaking process while learning firsthand about the intersection of science and policy.
Provide support for final year of dissertation writing for women U.S. citizens who are actively committed to helping women and girls.
International Fellowships are awarded for full-time study or research in the United States to women who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
The Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships are designed to encourage original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences
Provides support for up to two years of graduate study for immigrants or children of immigrants pursuing graduate education at a U.S. institution.
Provides research funds for students in the humanities and social sciences for dissertation research conducted, in whole or in part outside the United States on non-US topics.
Provides support for graduate students in the final year of writing and defense of the dissertation. Ideal for graduate students committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level and who are prepared to use diversity as an educational resource.
Provides one year of support to recent PhD recipients who are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level and who are prepared to use diversity as an educational resource.
Provide up to three years of support for graduate students committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level and who are prepared to use diversity as an educational resource.
Provides up to $25,000 to support dissertation research in the humanities and related social sciences in original sources.
Provides three years of funding for U.S. citizens conducting STEM research of interest to the Department of Defense.
Provides funding to women who are non-US citizens enrolled in graduate study in the U.S. or Canada.
Provides a $10,000 scholarship to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field.
Provide funding to support study of less commonly taught languages in world regions critical to U.S. interests, and underrepresented in study abroad. Fellowship recipients commit to working in the federal government for one year after graduation.
The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Health for doctoral students aims to initiate or reinforce collaborations, partnerships or joint projects between French and American research teams. The Chateaubriand Fellowship supports PhD students registered in an American university who wish to conduct part of their doctoral research in a French laboratory.
The Chateaubriand Fellowship in Humanities & Social Sciences supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who seek to engage in research in France, in any discipline of the humanities and social sciences.
The fellowship provides a student from other U.S. universities with one year of financial support, including a stipend, fringe benefits, and research and travel funds. The fellow will be in residence at Marquette for an academic year. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who are well under way in their dissertation writing and who belong to a racial or cultural group historically underrepresented in the U.S. professoriate.
The Fellowship provides a stipend, health insurance, library privileges, and a research and travel fund. These awards are designed to provide mentorship and access to Penn’s resources for doctoral students in the humanities or social sciences, enrolled at universities other than Penn, as they complete their dissertations.
Provides $10,000 Fellowships to highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies and career goals are directed toward environmental improvement and who clearly demonstrate leadership in their field.
Provides grants for doctoral study in areas of the world not generally included in U.S. curricula. Projects focusing on Western Europe are not supported.
Provides $20,000 to support graduate students in their final year of dissertation writing. Questions that interest the foundation concern violence and aggression in relation to social change, intergroup conflict, war, terrorism, crime, and family relationships, among other subjects.
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship in Health-Related Research (F31)
April, August, December annually
Provides a stipend and funding for tuition and fees to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research.
March and October
Provides grants of up to $1,000 to support graduate student research in science and engineering fields, including social sciences.
National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences
Deadlines vary by program area.
Funding for dissertation research in a variety of program areas within the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; look for listings at the link above with "Doctoral Dissertation Research" in the title.
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