September 16, 2021
Dear ISSR community,
You may have heard that due to a dramatic increase in the cost of NVivo licenses, there was a question as to whether UMass Amherst would be able to renew the campus wide NVivo license for 2021-2022. We are pleased to report that the license has been extended for one year and will be active through September 2022. 
Over the next year, UMass Amherst Information Technology will be exploring long term options for qualitative data analysis software licenses at UMass Amherst. ISSR has been invited to participate in this process, and will be advocating in your interest. We recognize how disruptive it would be for researchers who are using NVivo on current projects if UMass decides to make a change. We welcome your input on this process. Please share your ideas and concerns at the following link.
September 9, 2021

The Graduate School at UMass Amherst is now accepting applications for a number of grants for graduate students pursuing dissertation research, including new supplemental funding for research travel with children and fir public engagement. Application deadlines for the different grant opportunities range from mid-October to late November. Check out the full listing and application instructions on the Graduate School's Internal Funding web page.

And for graduate students looking outside of UMass for research funding, be sure to visit the Graduate School Office of Professional Development's External Funding page for information on identifying and applying for grants, fellowships and limited submission awards. 

August 23, 2021

ISSR is excited to announce that we will be expanding our capacity to support CSBS grant-seekers. We are currently recruiting for a new position of ISSR Grants & Contracts Coordinator, and we welcome your support in identifying candidates for this exciting new role. ISSR provides a supportive and welcoming workplace, with a deep interest in professional development opportunities for all staff. 

April 12, 2021


The Institute for Social Science Research is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 ISSR Scholars, who represent three colleges and seven departments across the University of Massachusetts, Amherst campus. Krista Harper, Acting Director of the Institute for Social Science Research, notes, “Social science uncovers the human dimensions of societal and global problems, and ISSR is thrilled to launch work with this cohort of innovative social scientists.”

March 23, 2021

ISSR Hiring Qualitative Methodology Consultant for Fall 2021
Please post and share this announcement with interested candidates. PDF link here.

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) is seeking applications for an advanced graduate student with expertise in qualitative methods to join our staff of graduate consultants for our Research Consulting service for the Fall semester of 2021.  This is a one-year position, with potential possibility for renewal.

March 11, 2021

One of the many ways that the Center for Research on Families carries out its vision, to advance the health and well-being of all families, is through its student program offerings. CRF's student award program recognizes outstanding student research in the many fields that encompass family studies. They offer three categories of awards.

  • Conference Registration Awards - Awards of up to $300 are given to selected graduate students

  • Dissertation Awards - $500 Dissertation Awards will be made to PhD students enrolled at UMass Amherst who have demonstrated superior potential in any area of family research