Summer 2015 Events

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 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.

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
A three-year award that provides an annual stipend of $32,000, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) is one of the premier honors for early-career STEM/SBS graduate students who US citizens or permanent resident.  During this workshop, UMass faculty members, GRFP recipients and OPD staff members will discuss application strategies and submission logistics for this fellowship. Panelists will share tips for crafting compelling personal and research essays, communicating broader impacts, choosing effective letter-writers and positioning applications for success. This event is highly recommended for all first- and second-year graduate students in the Colleges of Natural Sciences, Engineering, Social and Behavioral Sciences and other relevant disciplines. Students who previously submitted a GRFP proposal are eligible for a one-on-one consultation to discuss reviewer feedback and craft a revision plan. Light refreshments will be served. Pre-registration required: http://goo.gl/forms/NarJ4ondvt

For more information on the NSF GRFP, visit: www.nsfgrfp.org

National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants Workshop
Tuesday, June, 9am-1pm, Campus Center, Room 904-08
Graduate students from many disciplines are eligible to apply for National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants (NSF DDIG/DDRIG), which award up to $20,000 to support doctoral dissertation research.  In this session, members of the UMass faculty, Graduate School Office of Professional Development and UMass Libraries will describe how proposals are reviewed and help participants develop successful application strategies.  Panelists will offer tips for crafting Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts sections, creating data management plans, developing an effective and feasible writing schedule, and managing submission logistics.  This session is intended for domestic and international students planning a submission within the next six months.  Lunch will be provided and pre-registration is required: http://goo.gl/forms/Fc94FnzEvB

For more information on NSF DDIG grants, visit: http://www.nsf.gov/funding/education.jsp?org=SES&fund_type=2

Intro to Grant Searching
Monday, June 8, 3-4pm ▪ Goodell 5th floor lounge (outside room 538)
This session discusses the basic tools available to UMass graduate students and postdocs looking for grants and presents some tips on applying for external funding. 

Intro to Grant Writing
Thursday, June 11, 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.  

Intro to Grant Searching for Postdocs
Monday, June 15, 3-4pm ▪ Goodell 5th floor lounge (outside room 538)
This session discusses the basic tools available to UMass  postdocs looking for grants and presents some tips on applying for external funding. Geared toward the diverse funding needs of postdocs, this session will be relevant to those seeking funding for UMass-based work or to cover the next stage of their career.