Attend our Boot Camp for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

17 04 2014

nsfLogoThursday, May 15, 2014 (12-4:30 in Machmer W32; lunch will be provided)

Sponsored by GrantSearch for Graduate Students (GSGS) and the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR)

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a prestigious and generous fellowship awarded to early-career graduate students.  Our interactive Boot Camp is geared towards students who plan to submit a GRFP application in fall 2014.  We will provide an overview of the application process, outline steps to develop a competitive proposal, and offer the opportunity to receive feedback on a draft of your proposal.  Attendance is by application only and priority will be given to students who have an NSF GRFP draft in progress. The Boot Camp application is available here.

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

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).

UMass Resources: Part III

7 01 2014

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

Issue:  I am interested in incorporating media resources into my research, but I need help learning techniques. I’m also not sure how to access media resources or equipment for my research.

Resource:  The Digital Media Lab at the DuBois Library may be able to help! The Digital Media Lab offers media production resources, including a sound booth, green screen, and iMac workstations with multimedia software. (Note that first priority to use these resources is offered to students working on course projects.) Students can also borrow media equipment for up to three days. Workshops offer instruction on media techniques, managing media files, or learning to use media software.

Tips:  Some funding agencies request a statement about facilities and resources; if your research involves use of media, mention support services such as the Digital Media Lab and offer specific examples of how you will utilize their services/equipment in your research.

When preparing an equipment budget for your grant, consider borrowing equipment from the library to test first. This allows you to evaluate whether the equipment is appropriate for your needs and speak knowledgeably about your requested equipment in your budget justification.


January Planning

6 01 2014

time_travelAs many of your professors will tell you, if you haven’t already figured it out, January is the mid-year time to get work done. And if you don’t already have enough to do (writing articles, planning courses, etc.) it’s also, of course, a great time to work on grant proposals. Here are some tips for approaching the process and organizing your time!


Divide and Conquer

How many proposals do you have to do? How much time do you have? Split up your remaining days and weeks and schedule times to consider each proposal. If you have three proposals to write, and 15 more days, you might give yourself, say, four days for each, and then a couple of days at the end to proofread. Alternately, you could look at the applications, see that you have to write 2 personal statements, 3 research statements, and a cover letter, and prepare 2 sets of transcripts and a list of courses taught. Give yourself 5 days for the personal statements and cover letter, 5 for the research statements, and a few days for the other tasks, and then a few days for proofreading.

All this is assuming that these aren’t the only things you’re doing. In those five days, it might be that you spend a few hours a day on these documents, and then the rest of the day on other work, family, relaxing…

[Resources on writing and productivity, courtesy of Kathleen from the Graduate Writing Initiative here and here.]

Visualize your work

Don’t work well planning things out rigidly in advance? Create some kind of display of the work you have to do so that you can glance at it and pick a task. Examples could include a board of post-it notes divided into different spaces for different tasks.

Heading: Grant Proposal A. Post-its: personal statement, research statement, transcripts, budget.

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