Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program

Due to the current financial challenges facing the University, the Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program has been temporarily suspended until further notice.

General Information

These grants provide support for dissertation research activities of doctoral students. Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants are funded through a reallocation of UMass Boston research trust funds obtained from the recovery of facilities and administration costs of sponsored programs. A committee of university faculty drawn from various disciplines and program areas reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Interests & Dean of Graduate Studies for the allocation of these grant funds. Allocations for grants are based on the significance of the research, the merits of the research design, and the reasonableness of the budget request.

Nature of the Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program

A total of $50,000 has been allocated from the university’s research trust funds for these awards for each cycle of applications. Each student may request up to $5,000 in grant funds. Examples of eligible budget items include technical assistance and clerical support beyond that normally available through the student’s department or program, research supplies, travel expenses for data collection, transcription costs, acquisition of specialized datasets, and communications. The Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program will not fund student’s salaries and research equipment. Costs for presenting the research results or accepting awards at regional, national, and international conferences will not be considered. A separate conference travel grant program for undergraduate and graduate students will be established in the near future.

How to Obtain an Application Package

Application packages are available online, and can also be obtained at the Office of Graduate Studies and Graduate Admissions located in the Quin Administration Building, 1st floor.

Who May Submit a Proposal?

Any UMass Boston graduate student who is enrolled in a doctoral program at the university and whose dissertation proposal has been formally approved by their dissertation committee is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration. An UMass Boston doctoral student may receive only one doctoral dissertation grant at the university.

Submission Deadline

Proposals may be submitted throughout the year, but will be reviewed twice a year (in May and December). Proposals submitted by Friday, December 23, 2016, at 5:00 pm will be reviewed during the following 2-4 weeks. Proposals submitted by Friday, May 12, 2017, at 5:00 pm will be reviewed during the last two weeks of May. Please submit all materials online to

What to Submit

In order to expedite review of proposals, students are required to submit proposals in the following format.  Please note that only one copy of the proposal is required. Online submissions are preferred.

Review of Proposals

A committee of faculty convened by the Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives & Dean of Graduate Studies will review all proposals. The committee will make recommendations to the Vice Provost who will make all final decisions. Grant awards will be announced around January 15, 2017 and May 26, 2017.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria:

Grant Management

Doctoral Dissertation Research Grants are administered in accordance with established university fiscal procedures and policies related to the conduct of sponsored programs. Accounts for awards made during the Spring Semester will be established by June 30th, 2017 and project expenditures can begin on July 1, 2017. Accounts for awards made during the Fall Semester will be established by January 31, 2017 and project expenditures can begin on February 1,2017. All funds must be expended within a year.  The following conditions are attached to the award and must be accepted by the recipient at the time of the grant award:

For additional information, please contact Associate Vice Provost for Research Laura Hayman at 617.287.7504.