ISSR Scholars Application


  • 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.
  • The two people who are applying as Scholar Collaborators must be from two different home departments at UMass; cross-college collaborations are also encouraged.
  • For RTF distribution for proposals and grants run through ISSR, see SBS funding policy.


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 Joya Misra, ISSR Director.
Applications due in January; notifications will be made mid-semester in the Spring.

Each application should include:

  • A completed Application Cover Sheet
  • A recent curriculum vitae
  • 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
  • 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:

  • 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
  • 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