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, and receive grant preparation support from ISSR's Grants, Personnel and Budget Manager Karen Mason. Scholars benefit from ongoing workshopping of research proposals, advice on grant writing and submission, information about granting agencies, and funding to consult with nationally recognized scholars of their choosing.
ISSR Scholars have emerged from all of the UMass Colleges. Overall ISSR Scholars have earned more than $7 million in external grant funding. 74% of Scholars since 2012 have received external funding to support their research, and their proposals win funding at twice the success rate of NSF grantseekers.
Applications for the 2022-23 Scholars Program will open in the Fall of 2021. 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.
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 will be accepted in the Fall of 2021.
Notifications will be made early in the Spring semester.
If you have questions about the ISSR Scholars Program please Email Krista Harper,