Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards for Psychological and Brain Sciences Undergraduates

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences and the College of Natural Sciences offer a variety of scholarships and awards to recognize the hard work and academic success of our students, assist students with the expense of their education, and support student research and internships. The majority of these scholarships and awards are funded through the generosity of alumni and other members of the CNS community. We encourage all current Psychological and Brain Sciences students to apply.

How to apply

The university has implemented AcademicWorks, an online application system for scholarships offered at UMass Amherst. Simply enroll in AcademicWorks, fill out both the UMass general application and the CNS application. The system will automatically submit your application to the scholarships and awards for which you are fully eligible and will inform you of other scholarships for which you would need to supply additional materials to apply. 

Enroll in AcademicWorks

Go to the AcademicWorks webpage and sign in with your UMass Net ID and password.

  • Complete both the general application and the CNS application. The system will show if you are eligible for scholarships that require additional application materials.
  • Click on each scholarship link and upload any required supplementary materials (such as resumes or faculty recommendations).
  • Submit your application and check your dashboard to see the status of any pending and submitted applications.

Email acadworks@umass.eduif you have any questions.


UMass Amherst’s Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) is offering spring info sessions on the Fulbright U.S Student Program and other postgraduate scholarships.

In our Fulbright General Info Session, ONSA advisors will cover general overviews including types of Fulbright grants, choosing which country to apply for, eligibility criteria, and application deadlines. In our follow-up How to Write a Fulbright Application workshop, students will get specific guidance in how to write an impressive Fulbright application.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships to graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, scientists, and artists for one academic year abroad. Program participants pursue graduate (MS degrees) or professional study, advanced research, or teach English in elementary and secondary schools or universities. Each year, approximately 1,600 Americans traveling to more than 140 countries receive support from Fulbright.

ONSA is also offering a Postgraduate Fellowships Info Session that will cover other postgraduate scholarships, such as DAAD Germany, Marshall (U.K.), Rhodes (U.K.), Mitchell (Ireland), Gates-Cambridge (U.K.), Schwarzman (China), and Luce (Asia).

These info sessions promise to be a solid launching pad for current juniors and above who are interested in applying for scholarships with fall 2022 semester deadlines.

Students are encouraged to check ONSA’s calendar of events for all spring info sessions, where they will find dates, times, and registration sign-up. Sessions are mostly held via Zoom, with a few in-person sessions with limited seating.