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.
Grant Series Part II: Framing & Writing the Proposal
Feb 18, 2021 | 10:00am - 11:15am | Online with OPD!
A successful grant proposal requires good ideas that are organized well. This session will outline various application elements, provide tips to craft a clear, cohesive proposal, and discuss common reasons proposals fail. This is the second in a two-part series--attend one or both sessions!
Hands-on Grant Searching
Feb 25, 2021 | 10:00am - 10:45am | Online with OPD!
Searchable databases are a valuable tool for finding grants and fellowships, but only if you know how to use them effectively. This session is designed for those who have attended Grant Series Part I: Funding Search Strategies to explore searchable databases more in-depth. Come learn together in this informal session!
Using Storytelling Techniques to Write about your Research in Grant or Fellowship Applications
Mar 2, 2021 | 2:30pm - 3:30pm | Online with OPD!
Most grant and fellowship applications are reviewed by people outside your specific field of study, which presents a challenge for academics trained to write in the jargon and conventions of their discipline. This session will describe how a storytelling approach can strengthen your connection with non-expert reviewers to more effectively communicate about your research in a clear and compelling manner.
Funding Search Strategies for International Graduate Students and Postdocs
Mar 5, 2021 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm | Online with OPD and IPO!
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. Co-sponsored by the International Programs Office.
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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