Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program

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.

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.

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.