Spring 2015 Events

Informational Sessions and Workshops

Intro to Grant Searching
Thursday, February 26, 3-4pm ▪ Goodell 5th floor lounge (outside room 538)
This session discusses the basic tools available to UMass graduate students looking for grants and presents some tips on applying for external funding. Pre-registration requested; register here.

Intro to Grant Writing
March 5, 3-4 pm ▪ Goodell 5th floor lounge (outside room 538)
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 participation 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-registration requested; register here

Fellowship Opportunities for Graduate Students of Color
Thursday, April 2, 12-1:30pm ▪ Bartlett 107
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR); lunch provided
A variety of fellowship programs have been developed to support graduate students of color, and this information session will search and apply for these opportunities. Our panel of faculty and grad student fellowship recipients will share tips for crafting a competitive proposal and meeting submission deadlines. Pre-registration requested; registration information coming soon. 

Info Session: National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
To be offered in May ▪ Location TBD
Graduate students from many disciplines are eligible to apply for National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDIG/DDRIG), which award up to $20,000 to support doctoral dissertation research. This panel will provide information on the types of dissertation research eligible for these grants, strategies for developing a competitive application, and tips for navigating FastLane, the required submission system for most NSF proposals. Pre-registration requested; registration information coming soon. 

GRFP Informational Panel and Proposal Development Workshop
To be offered in late May ▪ Location TBD
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. The workshop will feature two tracks of events to assist students intending to submit a GRFP application this fall:

  • Students who have a draft of a GRFP application will receive peer and faculty feedback on their draft and tips for editing and revising drafts.
  • Students who are new to the GRFP will learn about the application components, receive tips from successful GRFP recipients, and draft a timeline for application submission. 

Pre-registration required; registration information coming soon. 

Proposal Development Workshops

Our Pizza and Proposals series, designed for students with a funding application in process, provides a low-stakes environment for peer feedback, tips to prepare a competitive proposal, and advice on the writing process.

Thursday, January 29, 5-7 pm  Campus Center 803
The January 29th session is ideal for students targeting February or March deadlines for NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (DDRIG/DDIG), although all grad students are welcome to attend. Participants must bring a draft of a funding proposal; specific instructions will be provided upon registration. Pre-registration required; register here

RESCHEDULED: Thursday, February 26, 5-7 pm  Campus Center (room TBD)
The February 26th session is ideal for students with an application in process for the Graduate School’s Dissertation Research Grant, although all grad students are welcome to attend. Participants must bring a draft of a funding proposal; specific instructions will be provided upon registration. For more information on the Graduate School’s Dissertation Research Grant click herePre-registration required; register here

Monday, April 6, 5-7 pm  Campus Center 903 
The April 6th session is ideal for students preparing an application for the May 1st Wenner-Gren deadline, although all graduate students are welcome to attend. Participants must bring a draft of a funding proposal; specific instructions will be provided upon registration. Pre-registration required; register here