2015-2016 Masters Student Grants

Dr. Robert W. Spayne Research Grant

The Dr. Robert W. Spayne Research Grant (for work leading to a Master’s thesis or Capstone project) is a competitive grant awarded to assist students in defraying research expenses. Up to three grants* of $1,500.00 (maximum) are awarded each fall and spring semester by a committee of UMass graduate students, faculty and staff.

*This semester only, Spring 2016, a maximum of six grants will be awarded instead of three. Each grant will still be worth up to $1,500.00.

Grant applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

    • Did the applicant adhere to application instructions (page limits, required attachments, etc.)?
    • Are the budget items listed linked to completion of the thesis/dissertation?
    • Will the budget item(s) assist in the completion of the thesis/dissertation?
    • Is the research topic something that will add to the applicant’s field of study?
    • Is this cutting edge research that will benefit UMass Boston?

Spring 2016 Grant Cycle:

Application available starting:  February 29th at 8:00 AM
Deadline to submit:  April 17th at 11:45 PM


Log in to the SA Groups website at http://www.clubs.umb.edu. (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 Spayne 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.

8 thoughts on “2015-2016 Masters Student Grants”

  1. Hello,
    I am glad to have the opportunity to apply for DR. ROBERT W. SPAYNE RESEARCH GRANT. I have filled the application form. I really look forward to deliver the best of my abilities and knowledge to fulfill the aim of the grant.

    I would be more than happy if I get selected to prove my actions

    Karna Desai

  2. Hi Karna,

    Thanks for submitting your application! The committees will be meeting next month to decide which applications will receive the grants. We will announce the winners soon thereafter, so please keep checking our website:)

    Best regards,

  3. 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

  4. I am wondering if the whole application needs to be in times new roman 12, or if the resume can be an exception to that rule.



    1. Thanks for your comment. To be consistent, we ask that all application materials meet the space and font requirements in the application instructions.

      If you’re concerned that your resume will be too long with these specifications, you may want to consider highlighting the experiences you’ve had that can provide us a snapshot of who you are.:)

    1. Hello Laura,

      Sorry for the delay in answering. This is our first day back in office for the new year. We will be deciding on the deadlines for Spayne and Bollinger applications at our first meeting on Tuesday, September 13.


      -Joe Sarkisian-

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