Two Important Fellowship Opportunities from the Social Science Research Council — open to students of all nationalities

22 07 2014

ssrc_logo  The Social Science Research Council Sponsors two important fellowships for doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences: the Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship and the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship.

The Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship (IDRF) offers nine to twelve months of support to doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences who are enrolled in PhD programs in the United States and conducting dissertation research on non-US topics. Eighty fellowships are awarded annually. Fellowship amounts vary depending on the research plan, with a per-fellowship average of $20,000. The fellowship includes participation in an SSRC-funded interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of IDRF-funded research.

Applicants must have advanced to candidacy (ABD status) by the time the fellowship begins, or by December 2015, whichever comes first.

Deadline: First week in November (projected — the current competition will be posted by August 11).
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The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program helps early-stage doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences formulate innovative dissertation research proposals through workshops, exploratory summer research, and writing guided by peer review and faculty mentorship. The program seeks young scholars who are interested in strengthening their dissertation research plans through exposure to the theories, literatures, methods, and intellectual traditions of disciplines outside their own. By the end of the fellowship, participating students will complete a draft proposal that can be reviewed with academic advisors and adapted for submission to an academic department and/or research funding agencies.

DPDF Workshops and Summer Research

During the DPDF fellowship period, fellows are required to take part in the following activities:

  • Spring workshop (early June): Fellows work together to hone their research questions and design exploratory summer research plans to identify appropriate methods to answer those questions.
  • Summer research (June to August): Fellows conduct a minimum of six weeks of research away from their home institutions to establish contacts, find sources, identify sites, review new literatures, and test the feasibility of their initial research questions, methods of investigation, and analytic approaches.
  • Writing (late August to early September): Fellows draft dissertation research proposals, using an online and interactive DPDF writing platform to critique one another’s drafts, in preparation for the fall workshop.
  • Fall workshop (mid-September): Fellows share their progress and challenges, critique one another’s latest research plans, and begin final revisions of their dissertation research proposals.

The DPDF program covers all travel, lodging, and meals expenses related to mandatory attendance at both workshops. Applicants may request up to $5,000 to support summer research expenses, including travel, lodging, meals, and some necessary equipment and supplies.

Applicants must have completed at least two full years of graduate study by the end of June 2015.  Must be on track to advance to candidacy (ABD status) after the September 2015 workshop but before June 2016.

Deadline: 5 p.m., October 15.
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Application Deadlines Announced: Dept. of Education’s Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

27 05 2014

DoEGraduate students planning to apply to the Fulbright Hays DDRA program please note: UMass Amherst’s online application is now available. To register as an applicant, go to the G5 portal. In the left sidebar, look under the gold “Login to G5″ button to find the link to sign up. Once registered, you will need to create a new Package Submission in order for you to be included in UMass Amherst’s institutional application (students may not apply individually).

You must contact Bette Elsden, Director, Professional Development via the GrantSearch email at if you plan to apply. Be advised that the Project Director for UMass Amherst (Graduate Dean John McCarthy) must endorse your application on behalf of the University. In order to do so, your application essay must be read by either the Project Director or your Graduate Program Director (GPD). There are two ways to submit your essay:

  1. via a draft that will be reviewed by the Project Director, OR
  2. via a draft that has been reviewed by your GPD.

If you choose option (1), you must submit a draft of your application essay via email that is received no later than 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 6. The Project Director will review your essay and return it, if necessary, with comments. You can then resubmit the essay one more time. The Project Director will then decide whether or not the University will endorse your application. The Project Director’s decision will be final. All materials to complete the application must be uploaded to the online portal so that they are received by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12.

If you choose option (2), your GPD must submit an email stating that s/he has reviewed your application essay and endorses your application. The email should be sent directly to the Project Director, and cc’d to The endorsement email and all application materials must be uploaded to the online portal so that they are received by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 12.

These deadlines will be upheld in order to maintain an application system that treats all applicants equally.

If you need assistance preparing your materials or navigating the G5 application system, contact Bette Elsden at

NSF Grad Research Fellowship Workshop — Date Change!!

17 04 2014

nsfLogoBy popular demand, we have pushed back the date of our NSF GRFP workshop to Thursday, May 22nd.  The workshop will be held in Machmer W32 from 2-4:30 pm.

All eligible students are welcome to attend — draft submission is optional! Sign up and come even if you’re just looking for info.

You can find information about the GRFP application process and eligibility requirements via the NSF website.

This workshop will provide effective strategies to prepare a competitive application for the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), these awards provide a $32,000 annual stipend for three years to early-career graduate students.

This event, intended for students who plan to submit a GRFP application this fall, will include an overview of the GRFP application process, advice from our panel of past GRFP fellowship recipients, and, by request, peer and faculty review of your GRFP draft (NOTE: You do not need to have a draft of your application developed in order to participate in this workshop).

Attendance is by application only; applications are due Thursday, May 15th. The Boot Camp application is available here.

Sponsored by the Office of Professional Development/GrantSearch for Graduate Students (GSGS) and the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR).


Deadline Extended! Apply to join our NSF DDRIG Boot Camp by 4/4/14

7 03 2014

nsfLogoApplications are now being accepted for the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant Boot Camp, sponsored by GrantSearch for Grad Students (GSGS) and the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR).  This workshop will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 (12-4:30 pm in Machmer W32; lunch will be provided).

Applying for an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (DDRIG) offers the opportunity to secure funds to support your dissertation research and develop essential professional skills in proposal development. These grants are offered under a variety of program areas and international students are eligible to apply. Our interactive Boot Camp will provide tips for developing a competitive proposal and offer the opportunity to receive peer feedback on a draft of your DDRIG. In addition, faculty and previous DDRIG recipients will be present to offer feedback and answer questions about the proposal development process.

Attendance is by application only and priority will be given to students who have a DDRIG draft in progress for an NSF Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences program. You can access the application form here. Applications are due Friday, April 4, 2014.

Please contact us ( if you have questions.

Applications Accepted for 2014 Summer Internships at Council of Graduate Schools (Washington, DC)

26 02 2014





The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) invites applications from current graduate students for three internships. These positions are designed to provide professional development, research and communications experience in the area of graduate education.

For more information about internship details, please follow these links:
Best Practices Intern
Public Policy and Government Affairs Intern
Research Intern

If you are interested in submitting an application for one of these internship opportunities, please contact us at

The Council of Graduate Schools mission is “the only national organization in the United States that is dedicated solely to the advancement of graduate education and research.” Learn more about their mission, members, and activities here.

Proposals and Pizza

14 02 2014

Are you a a doctoral candidate in fine arts,  humanities, or social sciences? 

Are you planning to submit an application for the UMass Amherst Graduate School’s Dissertation Research Grant?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you should RSVP for:

Proposals and Pizza 


Thursday, February 20, 2014, 12noon – 2:00 p.m. 
Machmer W32 
Session limited to 15 participants.
RSVP by Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at

For more information about this working session, visit the View from Goodell blog.

UMass Doctoral Candidate Wins Prestigious Award as Future Leader in Higher Ed

24 01 2014

YedalisRuizSantana_10percentEnlarge A hearty congratulations to Yedalis Ruiz Santana,
doctoral candidate in Higher Education, on receiving the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award. The award recognizes those who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education. Yedalis is one of eight winners chosen out of a pool of 225 students. “Yedalis’ research and teaching is dedicated to increasing the rates of higher education among communities who have been traditionally underrepresented due to cultural, linguistic and socioeconomic barriers.” Read more about Yedalis and her work.

Yedalis would urge a younger grad student to “seek out opportunities and mentors and to be deliberate in her process. I would advise her to take risks, challenge the imposter syndrome, and trust her voice and herself.” See more.

If you’re preparing for a career in higher education, regardless of academic department, check out the eligibility and other requirements for applying to next year’s K. Patricia Cross Award. Nominations will open this spring, with the deadline in the fall. You must hold student status as of January 2015. View last year’s info announcement here. To discuss applying for this or any other external (non-UMass sponsored) grant, fellowship, or award, schedule an individual appointment on campus with GrantSearch for Grad Students via this blog’s BookNow link. See more.

(Cross-posted from the UMass Amherst Graduate School blog, The View from Goodell.)

External Travel Funding

16 01 2014

SuitcasesGraduate students know that participation in academic and professional conferences is a critical component of professional development. Conferences provide an opportunity to present your work to peers and receive feedback, hear about other emerging research in your field, and network with colleagues. Yet participating in conferences often comes with a hefty price tag, particularly if you are attending an international conference.

If you plan to present at or attend an upcoming conference, consider searching for external funding to help cover the cost. UMass’s Graduate School offers Travel Grants, which are administered by your department’s Graduate Program Director, but many foundations and professional organizations offer their own conference travel funds.

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Funding for Research in Psychology

13 01 2014

APAThe American Psychological Association (APA) and its affiliate organizations offer a number of research grants for graduate students. The amount, eligibility and application process vary with each award.  Available awards include:

The Esther Katz Rosen Fund Grants, which provides awards from $1,000 to $50,000 to support “…activities related to the advancement and application of knowledge about gifted children.”

The Janet Hyde Graduate Student Research Grant provides up to $500 to support doctoral students in psychology engaged in feminist research on the psychology of women and gender.

Melissa Institute Dissertation Research Award provides four awards of $2,000 each to graduate students focused on violence prevention and/or treatment.

The APA Science Directorate Dissertation Research Awards provide 30-40 grants of $1,000 each as well as several larder grants of up to $5,000 to support graduate students engaged in science-oriented doctoral research in psychology.

The APA website provides a searchable database of various grants, awards, and scholarships sponsored by APA and its affiliate organizations.


UMass Resources: Part IV

10 01 2014

stack_of_booksThis is the fourth in our series of posts on UMass resources to support your research, data analysis, or writing.

Issue:  I need advice on issues such as methods, data analysis and management, grant management, or connections between academia and industry.

Resource:  If you’re in the social sciences, the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) can be a great resource for you. ISSR offers workshops and tutorials on a variety of research-related subjects. They also have a great website with a lot of resources, including information on computing and available and discounted software, methods, IRB approval, grant searching and writing, and many more issues.

Students in STEM fields may be able to utilize the Institute for Computational Biology, Biostatistics, and Bioinformatics (ICB3). This interdisciplinary institute promotes collaborations between academia, industry, and government with a focus on research in the life sciences involving large-scale data.

Tip: If you work with these campus Institutes, mention that in your funding application. Be specific about the services and support provided–funders like to see that researchers have sufficient support to complete the proposed research.

Liberty Mutual Safety Research Fellowship Program

9 01 2014

Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety offers fellowships for graduate students engaged in research on safety. The fellowship offers a stipend and covers expenses for a 12-week residency at the Liberty Mutual Safety Institute in Hopkinton, MA.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Santosh Verma at Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety ( to explore potential projects that would be aligned with Institute research scientists’ goals and program interests.

Amount: $15,000 plus expenses

Fellowship period: Twelve week residency to be arranged at mutually agreeable time

Website: Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety (note that this website does not provide specific information about the fellowship; use the email contact above).

Deadline: February 1, 2014

New Events in January!!!

8 01 2014

Are you seeking financial support for your research? Will you be searching or applying for grants this coming semester? Get started early with one of our pre-semester sessions!

magnifying-glassIntroduction to Grant Searching

Thursday, January 16, 2014; 2-3pm; Goodell Lounge (on the fifth floor, which is the same level as the main entrance from campus)

This hour-long session introduces the basic tools available to UMass graduate students looking for grants, as well as some tips on planning and applying.

Please register here (registration not required, but suggested so that we can contact you in case of a change in time or location).


PaperandPenIntroduction to Grant Writing

Friday, January 17, 2014; 10-11am; Goodell Lounge (on the fifth floor, which is the same level as the main entrance from campus)

This hour-long session is useful both for those just getting started and for those who have already done some searching for grants. The presentation will clarify the different parts of a grant proposal, focusing on the major writing sections. We’ll provide guidance on structure, style, and other writing tips.

Please register here (registration not required, but suggested so that we can contact you in case of a change in time or location).