There are a variety of funding opportunities, both at CU Boulder and outside the system, for undergraduates and graduates pursuing research, scholarship and/or creative works:
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)*
- Biological Science Initiative*
- Miramontes Arts & Sciences Program (MASP)*
- CU-STARs (Science, Technology and Astronomy Recruits)*
- Colorado Space Grant Consortium*
- Summer Multicultural Access to Research Training (SMART) program*
- The Professional and Academic Conference Endowment (PACE)*
- The ACE Jewish Arts Grants*
- Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Political Science*
- The CU in D.C. Program*
- Beckman Scholars Program*
UROP provides consultation services, informational workshops, and grants to promote undergraduate research as a high-impact learning practice for student success. Each year UROP funds hundreds of students of all backgrounds, through assistantships ($1,000 - $2,000) and individual grants ($1,500 - $3,000), who produce new knowledge and creative work in partnership with CU's world-class faculty.
The Biological Sciences Initiative (BSI) passionately pursues opportunity in science for all and a scientifically literate global citizenry by offering an hourly wage of $10 (up to a maximum award of $2,500 per year). Diverse perspectives are key to scientific advancement, just as diversity is key to survival in biological systems, so those with limited opportunities and/or from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are encouraged to apply.
MASP is an inclusive academic community comprised of high-achieving students dedicated to pursuing academic excellence at CU. MASP supports motivated traditionally underrepresented and/or first-generation students who want to be part of a diverse, multi cultural academic enrichment community in the College of Arts & Sciences. MASP is a cooperative and collaborative program that offers an annual participation scholarship of $1500 and dedicated space for activities, advising, studying, and seminars.
CU-STARs is a University of Colorado program to support first-year students from all backgrounds interested in space, through both outreach into high school classrooms around Colorado and inreach community building events. CU-STARs is open to all interested students, with a special focus on supporting those who are members of underrepresented groups.
The Colorado Space Grant Consortium is a state-wide program, funded by NASA as part of the National Space Grant Program, that provides Colorado students access to space through innovative courses, real-world hands-on satellite programs, and interactive outreach programs.
The SMART program is a paid research internship program intended for underserved and underrepresented undergraduate students who are interested in preparing for graduate degrees in science, math and engineering. It offers students the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of a faculty mentor, and participate in workshops designed to strengthen scientific writing and oral presentation skills.
PACE provides funding, support and mentoring to qualified undergraduates to present their work at conferences. Conference presentations may be oral presentations, poster sessions, roundtable discussions, or creative or performance pieces.
In partnership with ACE: Arts, Culture and Education, the arts and culture producer at the Boulder Jewish Community Center, the ACE Jewish Arts Grant supports undergraduate and graduate students in Jewish Studies at CU Boulder as they produce creative works.
The Political Science Department has created a new teaching and research program specifically aimed at individualized instruction and research collaboration between talented undergraduates, advanced graduate students, and faculty in the political science department. This initiative will broaden the methodological and research skills and training of undergraduates through a hands-on learning environment and immersion in the research process, and will foster closer professional relationships between faculty and students.
CU in D.C. is a program for all undergraduate students who want to put classroom learning into real world action. The program combines a professional internship in the daytime, with CU classroom courses in the evening in Washington D.C.
The Beckman Scholars Program offers an in-depth research experience to exceptionally talented, full-time CU Boulder freshman and sophomores in the biological sciences. Beckman Scholars conduct independent laboratory research under the supervision of one of fifteen faculty mentors from five life science departments. The scholarship includes an $18,200 student stipend ($6,800 first summer, $4,600 academic year, $6,800 second summer), $2,800 in supply and travel funds, and a $5000 faculty mentor stipend to support educational expenses for the scholar. Beckman Scholars also attend the annual Beckman Symposium in California in each of the two summers of their award term.
The F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive scholarships available in the health care field, providing benefits to active duty members a full-tuition scholarship, as well as benefits after graduation.
Learn more about the F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program