Spring 2015 May 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.

Summer is a great time to start searching for grants or begin working on grant applications for future submission.

If you are searching for grants, check out our main database, Grant Forward. We maintain an institutional subscription to this database so you can register for a free account using your UMass email. For international students, the Cornell University database allows you to select citizenship status as a search filter for funding opportunities.

As you search for funding, develop a system to organize your results. For example, create a file in Excel with headings for pieces of information you want to retain (e.g. name of grant, website, amount awarded, deadline). Then create separate lists with the same headings using the tabs at the bottom of the page. Use labels such as “Predissertation,” “Dissertation Research,” and “Dissertation Writing.” This allows you to keep track of funding opportunities you could apply for in the future and can help you plan your application cycles accordingly.

Many grant applications are due in the fall, so summer is the perfect time to make a detailed checklist of each application’s components and start pulling these pieces together. Many applications require transcripts, CVs, letters of recommendation, or other materials you may need to create/update/gather/request. Pulling these materials together far in advance of the deadline allows you more time to work on the proposal narrative, including revisions, refining your materials, or soliciting feedback on your writing.

During the summer months (June-August) GSGS will host informal grant and fellowship writing groups. These sessions will allow students and postdocs at a similar stage in their career (predoctoral, dissertation research, dissertation writing, postdoc) to come together to offer peer feedback, share resources, and work with a GSGS staff member to craft competitive funding applications. If you are interested in joining us please contact GSGS at gsgs@grad.umass.edu.

Upcoming Events
For full event descriptions and registration links see our Summer 2015 Events page.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Workshop
Thursday, May 21, Marcus Hall, Gunness Student Center Conference Room
9am – 12pm for NEW GRFP applicants
9:30am – 12pm for Returning GRFP applicants, with an optional 20 minute one-on-one consultation

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants Workshop
Tuesday, June, 9am-1pm, Campus Center, Room 904-08

Intro to Grant Searching
Monday, June 8, 3-4pm, Goodell 5th floor lounge (outside room 538)

Intro to Grant Writing
Thursday, June 11, 3-4 pm, Goodell 5th floor lounge (outside room 538)

Intro to Grant Searching for Postdocs
Monday, June 15, 3-4pm, Goodell 5th floor lounge (outside room 538)