February 13, 2022

Competition Now Open!

Note: Students cannot apply directly, they must apply through UMass; interested students should contact the Graduate School's Associate Director for Grants & Fellowships, Heidi Bauer-Clapp ( for details on UMass’s internal deadline and application process. The funder's final deadline is April 6.

February 9, 2022

Applications are now open for the Spring 2022 Graduate School Grant Programs!

Three types of competitive awards are available to current UMass doctoral students in campus-based degree programs: Dissertation Research Grants, Fieldwork Grants, and Predissertation Grants. In addition, applicants to any of these three grant programs may also apply for a Supplement for Travel with Children or the new Supplement for Public Engagement. General information on each program is provided below; detailed eligibility information and application instructions are on the Graduate School’s Internal Funding website.

Dr. Elizabeth Evans, School of Public Health and ISSR Scholar Facilitator
December 3, 2021

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeith Evans (Health Promotion & Policy) on her appointment by Governor Baker to the Massachusetts Health Council. Dr. Evans serves as one of two Faculty Facilitators of the ISSR Scholars Program, together with Dr. Ryan Wells (Educational Policy, Research & Administration). Dr. Evans used her yearlong fellowship as an ISSR Scholar (2018-19) to develop a successful grant proposal for a $10 million Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN) research project examining a pilot opioid treatment program for jail detainees in seven Massachusetts counties. We honor her scholarship and service, and congratulate her on this latest recognition of her leadership.

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.