Spring 2015: January Update

During spring 2015 we’ll provide a monthly update, including upcoming events, noteworthy deadlines, tips for searching and applying for funding or other useful information. These updates are designed to provide highlights so be sure to check other resources posted to this blog for more comprehensive information.

Goodell_ElsdenJanuary is a great time to make progress on external funding tasks. Search for spring deadlines, start or complete funding applications, or develop this year’s funding to-do list. It may seem daunting to plan a year in advance but you often need to think further ahead than you expect—developing a plan now will save you time in the long-run.

For tips on using your January time efficiently, check out our blog post from last year.

January is also a good time to plan your summer. Use Grant Forward, a searchable database, to find summer research funding or internship opportunities. GSGS maintains an institutional subscription to Grant Forward; instructions on how to create an account through this subscription can be found here.

Upcoming Events
Our first spring 2015 offering of Pizza and Proposals, a workshop to generate feedback on funding application drafts, will be held Thursday, January 29, 5-7 pm. Registration is required; for more information and the registration link see our Spring 2015 Events page.

Upcoming Major Deadlines
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grants (DDRIG) in Sociology (Feb. 15) and Biological Anthropology (March 12). Note that these applications need to be processed internally by UMass—for more information contact the Office of Grant and Contract Administration (OGCA). The process looks daunting, but don’t panic! Send a message to the OGCA general email (ogca@research.umass.edu) or our office (gsgs@grad.umass.edu) if you need help figuring out where to begin.

Guggenheim Foundation Dissertation Fellowships are due Feb. 1.

The Society for Women Engineers offer a variety of scholarships; applicants submit one application (due by Feb. 16 for grad students) and are then considered for all eligible opportunities.

ACLS Public Fellows Competition for Recent PhDs provide two years of funding with an annual stipend of $65,000. Applications are due March 17.

Many individual institutions sponsor dissertation fellowships (usually as a scholar in residence) with applications due in January and February. Search one of our suggested databases for opportunities.