ISSR Scholars Application


The ISSR Scholars Program is designed to help faculty members prepare new sponsored research proposals. Accepted applicants receive a course buy-out up to $6,300 from the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). This award is available to 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.

Each program applicant is expected to be the principal investigator of the submitted proposal, except in the case of scholar collaborators. If ISSR receives an unusually high number of applications, faculty who have not received any other proposal preparation grants in the last three years will be given priority. This program is not for faculty who want to revise or resubmit existing proposals.

Each program Scholar is expected to submit his or her proposal no later than the semester following his or her participation in the program (or the sponsor’s next application date, if later). If a proposal is not submitted within this period, the investigator will be expected to teach an overload to repay the course reduction he or she received to participate in the program.

In addition to the individual Scholars application, a new option this year is acceptance of applications for Scholar Collaborators. We will now accept applications from 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.

Please read the SBS funding policy for RTF distribution for proposals and grants run through ISSR.

Submission (closed for 2018-2019 Program Year)

Email your application in a single Word document or PDF file (proposal summary followed by CV and letter of support, all in one attached file; application sections will not be accepted as individual files) to Karen Mason, ISSR Grants Manager. Please direct any questions to Laurel Smith-Doerr, ISSR Director.
Applications due in January; notifications will be made mid-semester in the Spring.

Each application should include:

  • Your name
  • Your email address
  • Your department
  • Years in rank
  • A recent curriculum vitae
  • A brief itemization of external sponsored research support you have received throughout your career
  • An indication of whether you will also be applying to the Center for Research on Families Family Research Scholars Program, which offers a similar seminar series for faculty working on family-related research
  • A supporting letter from your department Chair (for non-SBS faculty, a supporting letter from your Dean is an additional requirement)

In addition, each individual applicant or Scholar Collaborator pair should submit:

  • A two- to three-page summary of the proposal you anticipate preparing, including a description of the research and methodological approach; include a working project title
  • The name of anticipated co-investigators and whether you will be the principal investigator of the proposal
  • The name(s) of the anticipated sponsor(s) to whom you will submit the proposal