STUDENTS: APRIL 22, 2014 11:59 P.M.
FACULTY: APRIL 25, 2014
Each year, Honors Research Grants of up to $1,000 each are awarded to senior and junior Commonwealth Honors College students through a competitive online application process.
Students must be in good academic standing (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4).
Students and Faculty sponsors are required to register with the online FGS application system.
Students must upload a proposal outlining their project accompanied by endorsement from their faculty sponsor. A faculty sponsor cannot be a TA or Grad student.
Every recipient is asked to present his or her work at the statewide Undergraduate Research Conference. These grants of up to $1,000 are for direct costs only and do not provide a stipend or wage.
There are two application rounds for these grants each year: fall deadline is for juniors and seniors applying for spring semester; spring deadline is for juniors applying for fall semester (when they will be seniors).
Once a student submits their proposal online, an automatic email will be forwarded to their faculty sponsor. Students should correspond with faculty to be sure the correct email address is entered, otherwise the faculty will not receive notification. Faculty sponsors should follow instructions in that email to accept the student’s invitation, register (if they haven’t registered previously), log on, and upload their endorsement letter and CV (as a single word or PDF file).
Proposals may not be revised online after the student clicks “Submit.”Therefore, students and their faculty sponsors must communicate regarding revisions before the student submits the proposal.
Process checklist available at https://www.honors.umass.edu/research/grantschecklist
APPLICATION * REQUIREMENTS * DEADLINE
Candidates must first register themselves before they can file an application using the CHC online Fellowship/Grant System (FGS).
When registering, please use your 8-digit NUMERIC SPIRE ID.
Application information may be used for a press release.
Candidates will upload a typed, single-sided, single-spaced 6-10 page (5,000-7,500 words) proposal that is formatted in MS Word or PDF document with the following sections (see section page limits below):
- Background and Significance – Provide an introduction that lays the framework for the research and describes why it is important and creates new knowledge. Use scholarly references to briefly review the research that has led to this study. (1,500 word limit)
- Objective ‑ Exactly what are you going to do? This should be one or two sentences using action verbs like “develop, demonstrate, test, etc.” Also include a hypothesis, if appropriate. (500 words or less)
- Methodology ‑ How will you accomplish the goals stated above? Include how you will collect data and analyze the data. What steps will you follow to carry out the project? Be clear about how you will be trained to accomplish the study and where the study will be carried out. Provide information to document that you have the experience to complete the project and that the necessary space and equipment is available to you. Be sure to provide sufficient details about environment that will demonstrate that the work is feasible. (1,500 words)
- References‑ All references used in the proposal should be cited. Check with your advisor to use the citation format appropriate for your field of study.
- Budget ‑ What is your proposed budget? Provide itemized breakdown, total of estimated cost, specify grant request ‑ not to exceed $1,000 ‑ and show other funding sources if applicable. Additional narrative justification may be provided if not explicit in Methodology. (500 words or less)
- Provide letter of endorsement and curriculum vitae of faculty sponsor and a list of other related research support of faculty sponsor. (This item is not considered part of the 10-page maximum.)
- Obtain faculty endorsement by directing them to register with the FGS system.
Faculty must upload a letter of support on behalf of student. Faculty endorsement letter and CV must be saved and uploaded as a single document.
October applicants: Juniors and Seniors.
October applications are funded in Spring semester.
Students must submit their online applications by the 1st Tuesday in October.
Faculty sponsors must submit their supporting documents online by the Friday following the 1st Tuesday in October.
April applicants: Rising seniors (current juniors who will be seniors in the fall).
April applications are funded in the Fall semester. Students must submit their online applications by the 3rd Tuesday in April. Faculty sponsors must submit their supporting documents online by the Friday following the 3rd Tuesday in April.