GrantSearch for Grad Students

Resources on external fellowships and grants for UMass Amherst graduate students

Fall 2014 Events

INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS AND WORKSHOPS

Intro to Grant Writing

Thursday, Oct. 9, 3-4 pm ▪ Goodell 5th Floor Lounge (outside Goodell 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.

Info Session: National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
Monday, Oct. 20, 4-5 pm ▪ Goodell 5th Floor Lounge (outside Goodell 538)
This panel will provide information on the types of dissertation research eligible for National Science Foundation (NSF) grants as well as strategies for developing a competitive application.

Pre-registration requested, register here.

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. We provide the pizza, you provide the proposal!

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 12-2 pm ▪ Bartlett 107
The Oct. 7th session is ideal for students preparing an application to the Mellon Foundation or Wenner-Gren, although all graduate students are welcome to attend.

Pre-registration required, register here.

Thursday, Oct. 16, 4-6 pm ▪ Bartlett 107
The Oct. 16th session is ideal for students preparing applications for the Mellon Foundation, Wenner-Gren, the SSRC International Dissertation Fellowship, Ford Foundation fellowships, or AAUW fellowships, although all graduate students are welcome to attend.

Pre-registration required, register here.

Friday, Oct. 24, 1-3 pm ▪ Bartlett 107
The Oct. 24th session is ideal for students preparing applications for the SSRC International Dissertation Fellowship, Ford Foundation fellowships, or AAUW fellowships, although all graduate students are welcome to attend.

Pre-registration required, register here.

Thursday, Oct. 30, 5-7 pm ▪ Room 153 Goessmann
Monday, Nov. 3, 5-7 pm ▪ Goodell 5th Floor Lounge (outside Goodell 538)
Monday, Nov. 10, 1-3 pm ▪ Goodell 5th Floor Lounge (outside Goodell 538)
These late fall sessions can provide last-minute feedback for November deadlines or help kick-start a winter or spring application.

Pre-registration required, registration details coming soon.

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION (NSF) GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM (GRFP) EVENTS

GRFP Proposal Workshop for Peer Review

Monday, Sept. 29, 5-7 pm (pizza provided) ▪ Campus Center 162-75
A low-stakes environment for peer feedback, tips to prepare a competitive proposal, and advice on the writing process.

Pre-registration requested, register here.

GRFP Proposal Workshop for Faculty Review
Friday, Oct. 17, 12-3 pm ▪ Location TBD
Priority registration to students who attended the Peer Review Workshop on Sept. 29th.

Pre-registration requested, registration details coming soon.

FUEL YOUR FUNDING DROP-IN HOURS
Stop by our office (Goodell 538) during drop-in hours to receive assistance with the GrantForward searchable database, access our external funding resource library, chat with a GrantSearch staff member, or anything else that will help fuel your search for external funding! If you’re having trouble even figuring out what you need help with regarding external funding, Fuel Your Funding is the place to start. No pre-registration required.

• Thursday, Oct. 2, 2-3:30 pm
• Thursday, Oct. 9, 12-1:30 pm
• Tuesday, Oct. 14, 12-1:30 pm
• Friday, Oct. 24, 10-11:30 am
• Tuesday, Oct. 28, 12-1:30 pm
• Monday, Nov. 3, 2-3:30 pm
• Thursday, Nov. 13, 2:30-4 pm
• Thursday, Nov. 20, 10-11:30 am
• Tuesday, Nov. 25, 12-1:30 pm

PAST EVENTS

Social Science GRFP Informational Panel
Friday, Sept. 5, 12-1:30 (lunch provided) ▪ Bartlett 107
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Social Science Research, see http://www.umass.edu/issr/events for registration information.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship Workshop
Thursday, Sept. 11, 12-1:30 pm (lunch provided) ▪ Goodell 528
Optional session for proposal review 1:30-2:30 pm
One of the most prestigious awards given to graduate students in the humanities, the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship provides a maximum of $38,000 to support the final year of dissertation-writing. In anticipation of the October 22nd application deadline, advanced doctoral students are encouraged to attend this panel discussion (12:00-1:30 pm), which will offer strategies for developing a competitive application. Following the discussion, an optional workshop (1:30-2:30 pm) will focus on writing a proposal for this fellowship.

Science and Engineering GRFP Informational Panel
Friday Sept. 12, 12-1:30 (lunch provided) ▪ Campus Center 904-08

Info Session: American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowships

Monday Sept. 22, 4-5 pm ▪ Goodell 5th Floor Lounge (outside Goodell 538)
This panel will provide information about and application strategies for the American Association of University Women’s Graduate Fellowship. Notably, the AAUW has established separate fellowship competitions for American and international students. Fellowships for Americans provide $20,000 to support female graduate students who are writing a dissertation; the application deadline for this award is November 17. International fellowships provide $30,000 to women who are full-time graduate students at an American university while maintaining citizenship outside the U.S.; applications for this award are due December 1.

Intro to Grant Searching
Tuesday, Sept. 23, 1-2 pm ▪ Goodell 5th Floor Lounge (outside Goodell 538)
This session introduces the basic tools available to UMass graduate students looking for grants, as well as some tips on planning and applying.

Info Session: Ford Foundation Graduate Fellowships
Thursday, Sept. 25, 4-5 pm ▪ Goodell 5th Floor Lounge (outside Goodell 538)
This panel will provide information on two graduate fellowships from the Ford Foundation, which has established these awards to increase the diversity of future faculty in U.S. colleges and universities. Predoctoral Fellowships provide an annual stipend of $24,000 for three years to early-career graduate students. Applications are due November 19, 2014. Dissertation fellowships provide $25,000 for one year to students who have achieved doctoral candidacy. Applications are due November 14, 2014.