Writing Groups
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

Workshops and Informational Sessions

Intro to Grant Searching for International Students
Thursday, August 13, 2:30-4 pm ▪ Campus Center 904-08
Co-sponsored by the International Programs Office
Many external grants or fellowships are restricted to US citizens or permanent residents, which poses a particular challenge to international students searching for external funding opportunities. This session is tailored for graduate students and postdocs who are not US citizens or permanent residents to introduce basic search tips and tools. Pre-registration requested; register here.

Brown Bag: Anatomy of a Successful Grant Application
Tuesday, August 18, 12-1 pm ▪ Goodell 538
Stumped on how to develop a strong “hook” paragraph for your grant application? Struggling with how to craft a cohesive narrative? At this session we’ll jump-start your writing by dissecting successful grant applications submitted by UMass grad students. We will use NSF GRFP applications so this session will be particularly useful for students preparing a GRFP submission but all UMass grad students and postdocs are welcome to attend. Bring your lunch and your questions! Pre-registration requested; register here

Intro to Grant Searching
Monday, August 24, 2:30-3:30 pm ▪ Goodell 538
This session introduces the basic tools available to UMass graduate students and postdocs looking for grants, as well as some tips on planning and applying. Pre-registration requested; register here.

Intro to Grant Writing
Thursday, August 27, 1-2 pm ▪Campus Center 165-69     
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.