The Institute for Social Science Research Scholars Program supports social science faculty from across the university to build new directions in their research programs.
ISSR Scholars receive a course-release to pursue a regular year-long seminar facilitated by experienced research grant recipients, as well as grant preparation support from ISSR's Grants, Personnel and Budget Manager Karen Mason. The seminar includes ongoing presentations and discussion of faculty research proposals, advice on grant writing and submission, information about grant agencies, and funding to enable consultation with nationally recognized scholars for consultation.
ISSR Scholars have emerged from all of the UMass Colleges, and have obtained an unprecedented funding success rate of over 70% since 2012.
Applications for the 2020-21 Scholars Program will be due on Friday, January 31 2020. Please see application procedures and criteria below. We encourage social science faculty of all ranks and schools to apply, regardless of their external funding history.
Sign up now for the December 12 Application Strategies Infosession with the Directors of CRF and ISSR - for advice on selecting the best program for you, and preparing a persuasive application.
Meet our scholars
- All ranks of social science faculty across the university. Participating faculty’s department chairs must approve the proposed course reduction, and applicants outside of SBS must obtain the approval of their Dean.
- In addition to the individual Scholars application, ISSR now also accepts applications for Scholar Collaborators - interdisciplinary partners who are working on joint grant proposals. The two people who are applying as Scholar Collaborators must be from two different home departments at UMass; cross-college collaborations are also encouraged.
Deadlines and Questions
Applications due January 31, 2021.
Notifications will be made early in the Spring semester.
If you have any questions about the ISSR Scholars Program please Email Joya Misra.
ISSR & CRF Scholars Infosession
Interested in either the ISSR or CRF Scholars Program?
Get application tips and answers to your questions at our December 12 Scholars Infosession!