Joseph L. Boscov Scholarship Endowment

This application is for nominees only. Every department or degree program may nominate only one student for the Boscov Fellowship—do not submit application materials unless you have been nominated by your department.

The Graduate School invites applications for the 2021-22 Joseph L. Boscov Fellowship. According to the terms of the endowment, the Boscov Fellowship is awarded annually to a woman who is 35 or older at the time of application “whose studies will equip [her] for increased service to the needs of people and/or the environment.” Applicants must be enrolled as full-time students in a campus-based degree program.

The value of the 2021-22 Boscov Fellowship will be approximately $6,000. This amount should qualify the recipient for a one semester tuition credit. The Fellowship does not pay for health insurance or other graduate fees.

Every department or interdepartmental degree program may nominate only one student for the Boscov Fellowship. Departments must circulate the call for applications to their graduate students and faculty but may determine their own internal selection process. Once the GPD has identified the department’s nominee, the GPD should send the nominee’s name to Heidi Bauer-Clapp (

The nominee should then submit their application materials by Thursday, April 15th via AcademicWorks ( Instruct nominees to search for the Boscov Fellowship in AcademicWorks and submit materials as follows:

1. Complete the general application questions as posted in AcademicWorks.
2. Upload a one-page narrative describing your research, how this work serves the needs of people and/or the environment, and how the Boscov Fellowship would contribute to your financial success at UMass (single-spaced, 12 pt. font).
3. Upload a current CV
4. Upload a current unofficial transcript (available from SPIRE)
5. The student’s faculty advisor/PI submits a letter of recommendation describing the potential contributions of the student’s research and quality of the student’s work in the graduate program. (The applicant enters the advisor’s name and contact information in AcademicWorks, which will generate an email to that individual requesting the letter.)

If you have questions please contact Heidi Bauer-Clapp (

Approx. $6,000
Supplemental Questions
  1. Please upload your CV.
  2. Please upload your unofficial transcript from SPIRE.
  3. Please list all forms of committed financial support (aside from loans) you will have for the 2021-22 academic year (for example, fellowship, TA/RA position, etc.).
  4. Please list all forms of pending financial support (aside from loans) for the 2021-22 academic year and when you expect a decision on the status of these possibilities.
  5. Please enter the name and email address of your advisor.
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