​2019-2020 ISSR Scholars: Applications Due February 1.

The ISSR Scholars Program is designed to help faculty members prepare new sponsored research proposals. Accepted applicants receive a course buy-out up to $7000 from the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). In addition to the individual Scholars application, the Program also accepts applications for Scholar Collaborators - interdisciplinary partners who are working on joint grant proposals. 

ISSR & CRF Scholars Infosession

Interested in either the ISSR or CRF Scholars Program? Get application tips and answers to your questions at our December 13 Scholars Infosession!


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.

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

See this presentation by the directors of ISSR and CRF, on strategizing your Scholars application.


Applications due February 1; notifications will be made in late February.

Email your application in a single PDF file (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.

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 (if references included can be in addition to the 2-3 page limit).
  • 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 indicate:

  • 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