Student-initiated Funding

Here are a number of avenues to explore for students who are interested in seeking funding for their graduate education:

CU-Boulder and Regional Awards and Grants

Graduate School Awards

  • Arts and Humanities Dissertation Fellowships provides one full AY support to aid in dissertation completion.
  • Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grants sponsored by alumni, provides small grants for research at the master's or doctoral level. Application will open in mid-November.
  • Butcher Innovation Awards
    Awards of up to $10,000 each will be given to collaborative teams across the CU System doing interdisciplinary research, translational and science communication projects. Applications are due in October.
  • Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship provides one academic semester of support to aid in dissertation completion. The application is now open.
  • The Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant Award
    The Dean’s Graduate Student Research Grant Awards are competitive awards sponsored by the Graduate School that support the research, scholarship and creative work of doctoral students who have completed their second year of study by the date of the application deadline, or graduate students in other terminal degree programs (e.g., MFA). Grants range up to $10,000 per proposal. 

Travel Grants provide partial funding for students traveling to conferences to present their research.

Additional Awards and Grants

  • Brown/Ricketts/Udick Grant awards three $1,000 grants to graduate women attending the University of Colorado.
  • Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships for Asian language and area studies are available to full-time graduate students in any department or professional school who are taking both modern Asian language and Asian studies courses.  Fellows must be American citizens or permanent residents. 
  • John W. Marr Ecology Fund provides grants for Ph.D. candidates doing field research in plant ecology in the Rocky Mountains or the Arctic.
  • UGGS Student Group Grant
  • Colorado European Union Center of Excellence CU Graduate Research Grant is a €1000 grant awarded to graduate-level students pursuing research related to the European Union and European-American relations. For more information, email
  • Colorado European Union Center of Excellence CU-EU Fellowship is an €8,000 fellowship for graduate students, in any field, to do research pertaining to the EU on the ground in Europe for an extended period of time. For more information, email

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Loans and Student Employment

Office of Financial Aid has information regarding loans and work-study.

Federal Financial Aid: Students applying for financial aid should submit the graduate version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after January 1. You must be enrolled in at least four semester hours to be eligible to receive federal or state financial aid or to be eligible for a deferment on any of your federal loans.

Student Employment: CU-Boulder's Student Employment Office posts an average of 600 part-time, on-campus and off-campus jobs for students. These notices are posted on MyCUInfo, bulletin boards outside UMC 165, and in the Student Employment office in Regent 205. Domestic U.S. graduate students may qualify for work-study awards; call the Student Employment Office to find out at 303-492-7349. International students may verify their employment eligibility through International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS). For more information go to the Student Employment Website.

Housing & Dining Services: For information on employment opportunities, visit

Loans: Additional resources on the web for student borrowers include: