2018-2019 Bollinger PhD Student Grants

The Spring 2019 Spayne and Bollinger award cycle will open on February 3rd, 2019 and close on April 7th, 2019. Please attend our regular GSA meetings for more information.

Join us at our meeting on March 26th for an informational session regarding Spayne and Bollinger Grants. Learn more about the grants, the voting process, and have your questions answered! Applications close April 7th.

Craig R. Bollinger Research Grant

The Craig R. Bollinger Memorial Research Grant (for work leading to a Doctoral Dissertation) is a competitive grant awarded to assist students in defraying research expenses. Historically, up to three grants are awarded each fall and spring semester by a committee of UMass graduate students, faculty and staff.  This year, GSA will award up to 3 grants per semester, each in amounts up to $1,500.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Significance – The extent to which the proposed dissertation research will make an original and important contribution to the field of inquiry it addresses.
  • Approach – The extent to which the conceptual framework, design, methodology, procedure, and data analyses are clearly presented and appropriate for the proposed research.
  • Budget and cost-effectiveness – The extent to which the funding requested is adequate and appropriate to the research objectives and activities.
  • Did the applicant adhere to application instructions (page limits, required attachments, etc.)?



Log in to the SA Groups website at https://umb.campuslabs.com/engage/.  (Directions on how to log in are available here: https://gsaumb.wordpress.com/graduate-student-resources/sa-groups-how-to). Once you are logged in, click on “Organizations” and search for/click on the Graduate Student Assembly.  From the Graduate Student Assembly home page, click on “Forms” and then select the Bollinger application form.  Detailed application instructions are included with the online forms.  All application forms must be completed and submitted online.  Please contact gsassembly@umb.edu with any questions.


12 thoughts on “2018-2019 Bollinger PhD Student Grants”

  1. We’re currently processing applications, and the committee will be meeting on Monday, December 13th. We’ll let you all know the status of the awards as soon as we can!

    GSA Treasurer

    1. We typically don’t post the applications until a month before they are due, but your interest has moved us to try something new. I’ve updated the application to show the new date- April 29th. We hope that such advance notice will allow more people to apply. Thanks Seth!

  2. I can see from the list of Bollinger Awardees that most of the awards are given to Clinical Psychology students (i.e., students who must travel to do interviews or related “field” work). Most of my research expenses are for professional conferences, not fo field research.

    Presenting and defending my research within such settings is vital to ensuring the quality of my dissertation and to securing publications, but my department cannot fund expensive travel. Furthermore, the Doctoral Dissertation Grant Program through the UMass Boston Office of Research and Sponsored Programs explicitly excludes expenses related to professional conferences from being funded.

    This web page and the application page do not clearly spell-out what will and will not be considered for funding. Are professional and academic conference expenses allowed as part of the budget? (The $400 GSA PDG is wonderful, but it would only be enough to pay for the airfare to one of the two conferences I’m going to this year, and it would cover neither lodging nor conference/publication fees).

    Thanks for your help.

    1. Thanks for your comment!

      The Bollinger grant awards fund a variety of expenses, including travel expenses related to dissertation research. Clinical Psychology students tend to apply in greater proportion than other departments, so it is not uncommon for them to get a larger proportion of research awards. We hope that more students such as yourself will consider applying for these awards!

      We consider all research-related expenses for funding, including conferences and expenses related to publication. In your application, it is more important to list all of your expenses so that we can consider how GSA awards could best support your research. We are hosting a grant-writing workshop this April to address how to write grants for both the GSA and other funding agencies. We hope you’ll join us! Here is the working schedule, we will be tweaking it over the next few days…

      If you have any further questions or concerns, you can stop by during office hours (as posted on our site). You can also leave comments on our website (as you did here) or send us an email.

      GSA Treasurer

  3. For the Craig R. Bollinger Grant, do citations and references need to be written in APA or AMA format? I wrote my proposal in AMA format originally. I did not see an answer to this question in the FAQ section.
    Thank you.

  4. I am in the Graduate Nursing Program (specifically the Doctor of Nursing Practice program) and am interested in applying for a grant to help with my research costs. This is not a PhD program, however it is a doctorate-level program that requires a capstone project/dissertation. Am I still eligible to apply for the Bollinger Grant?
    Thank you, Jodie

    1. Hi Jodie,

      I am going to have to check on this at our meeting this coming Tuesday. I will get back to you once I have your answer.


      -Joe Sarkisian-
      Secretary on Exec. Board, GSA

      1. Hi Jodie,

        We have approved those who are in any Doctoral program, not just PhD’s, to apply for the Bollinger. This however does not mean that you will get it. You will still need to follow the application guidelines for the Bollinger grant in order to be eligible.

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