GrantSearch for Grad Students

Resources on external fellowships and grants for UMass Amherst graduate students

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research

Posted by gsgs on September 18th, 2014

sigmaxigiarlogoThe Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program has been providing graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the program promotes scientific excellence and achievement through hands-on learning.

Award: Up to $1000 for travel to/from a research site or for specialized equipment. Several awards are granted.

Eligibility: Graduate students (MA or PhD) at U.S. institutions. Membership in Sigma Xi is  not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, but approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

Deadline: October 15  and April 15 annually

For more information visit the Sigma Xi GIAR webpage.



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Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

Posted by gsgs on September 5th, 2014

SorosDr. Craig Harwood, the Director of the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans, will be giving a workshop at UMass-Amherst on Wednesday, September 17. The workshop will take place at the Commonwealth Honors College (CHC), Events Hall-East, from 12-1 pm. Lunch will be provided.

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship provides up to $90,000 in tuition support and maintenance grants over the course of two years. Established by Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants and American philanthropists, the fellowship supports the graduate education of 30 New Americans (children of naturalized citizen parents; or if born abroad, permanent residents or naturalized citizens) each year. New Americans pursuing or intending to pursue a graduate degree in any field of study, in a degree program in the U.S., are eligible to apply.

Applications are due November 1. More information is available on the Fellowship website.


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September Funding Deadlines

Posted by gsgs on August 26th, 2014

fall-leafThe Alexander von Humboldt Foundation offers a fellowship for work in Germany. The award provides a monthly stipend, mentoring, and other support during your stay. Applications are due September 15, 2014. For more information visit their website.

The Coordinating Council on Women in History (CCWH) offers several grants and fellowships for female graduate students. Information on each funding opportunity is available on the Awards page of the CCWH website. Applications are due September 15, 2014. Note: Students may apply for only one CCWH funding opportunity each year.

The Women Chemists Committee (WCS) of the American Chemical Society, in partnership with Eli Lilly and Company, offers funds for travel to present research results at a meeting or conference within the U.S. Apply by September 15, 2014, for conferences taking place  January 1-June 30, 2015. For more information visit their website.

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Early Bird Events for Fall Semester

Posted by gsgs on August 15th, 2014


Our Early Bird sessions will get you in gear to prepare your external funding applications.  Many grants and fellowships have fall deadlines–make sure you have all the tools you need to find external funding opportunities and prepare a competitive application!

These events are open to all UMass grad students, so you’re welcome to join us even if you’re new to campus.

Both events will be held Friday, August 22nd in the Campus Center room 162.

Introduction to Grant Searching, 12:30-1:30 pm

This session introduces the basic tools available to UMass graduate students looking for grants, as well as some tips on planning and applying. Pre-register to secure a seat:

Introduction to Grant Writing, 2:00-3:00 pm

Intended as a follow-up to Intro to Grant Searching, this session will focus on developing a competitive external funding application. We will outline common application elements and provide tips to craft a clear, cohesive proposal.  While prior attendance in Intro to Grant Searching is not required, it is assumed that participants will arrive with a basic understanding of how to search for external funding. Pre-register to secure a seat:


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National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) for 2015 is now posted

Posted by gsgs on August 7th, 2014

nsfLogo“Life-altering. A game-changer.” – UMass faculty member and former NSF GRFP fellow on the effect that winning can have on a student’s career trajectory.

NSF Graduate Research Fellows receive funding for three years. This opportunity is for early-level graduate students pursuing a research-oriented degree in the sciences (including social sciences), math, technology, and engineering. Students from the HFA departments of Linguistics and History (of science) may also apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders).

Stipend: $32,000 per fellowship year. Winners also receive opportunities for international research experiences and professional development activities; plus, access to an NSF supercomputer.

Eligibility is limited to students who have not yet completed the third semester (twelve months) of their PhD program (if they are full-time students — see the full program solicitation for requirements if you are a part-time student). You are ineligible if you have completed any post-baccalaureate degree in the two years prior to your application.*

Winning this prestigious fellowship has the potential to springboard your progress toward the professoriate.

Deadlines fall within the last week of October/first week of November, and are assigned by field of study.

Read more introductory information and check deadlines here. As with any external funding competition, we strongly recommend that candidates who are considering submitting an application study the program solicitation and user-friendly website thoroughly. Start early and plan ahead! It’s not too early to begin crafting your proposal and soliciting letters of recommendation!


The Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development (OPD) will be sponsoring a series of events to support students in preparing competitive applications to this competition. All eligible students will receive notification when the events have been scheduled (we anticipate emailing this announcement just prior to the start of classes on September 2, or soon thereafter).

You may also schedule an individual consultation to discuss this competition with an OPD coordinator, once the consultation schedule for the fall semester has been posted. Use the “BookNow” button at the top of this blog to make an appointment.


*Applicants who have completed more than twelve months of graduate study or have earned a previous graduate or professional degree may be considered eligible if they have had an interruption in graduate study of at least two consecutive years prior to November 2014. To be eligible, applicants must have completed no additional graduate study by August 1, 2014. A statement describing the extenuating circumstance is required in the application.








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2015 Ford Foundation Diversity Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral Fellowships Competition Posted

Posted by gsgs on July 29th, 2014

Holding HandsThrough its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens, nationals and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, and individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations),
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

For information regarding level-specific eligibility requirements, stipends, and other program information for each of the three levels of the Fellowship program, please access the fact sheet for the program level of your interest, predoctoraldissertation or postdoctoral.

Deadlines: Mid-November. See individual competitions for exact dates.

Note: for assistance with applying to this or any other external fellowship or grant competition, notify  your advisor and GPD of your interest and intention to apply. You may also make an appointment for an individual consultation with a coordinator at the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development by using the “BookNow” button at the top of the right-side column of the GrantSearch blog’s homepage.

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

Posted by gsgs on July 22nd, 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).
Read more…


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.
Read more…

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Application Deadlines Announced: Dept. of Education’s Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Program

Posted by belsden on May 27th, 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

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NSF Grad Research Fellowship Workshop — Date Change!!

Posted by gsgs on April 17th, 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).


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

Posted by gsgs on March 7th, 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.

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

Posted by gsgs on February 26th, 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.

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Proposals and Pizza

Posted by gsgs on February 14th, 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.

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