Application Process Overview - 1st Time BSI Scholars

  • Review the application process and detailed instructions before starting your application
  • ​Be sure you meet the eligibility requirements and have a research project and mentor before applying
  • BSI does not accept hard copies of applications. Applications MUST be submitted online
  • Complete the student portion of the application before the student deadline through the online DocuSign application process
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Once you've signed, your application will automatically be emailed to your mentor. Your mentor will then complete your application. They must sign it before the mentor deadline
  • You will receive an email from DocuSign when your mentor has signed. Only then is your application considered complete
  • Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered - Both the student and mentor portions of the application must be submitted by their respective deadlines
  • Application decisions will be communicated via email
  • Awarded students are required to complete a criminal background check 

Important Dates

Award Term - May 8 - August 8

Orientation - May 8 (afternoon time TBA)

Detailed Application Instructions

Review application questions and prepare your responses.

Application Section A - Student Information (filled out online by student) 

BSI Scholars Application Boulder Campus – for viewing only

BSI Scholars Application Anschutz Medical Campus – for viewing only

Application Section B - Student Questions (uploaded to DocuSign by student) 

Download Word document template, type up your responses, then upload that file when you fill out your application. 

Student essay questions – lab at Boulder campus

Student essay questions – lab at Anschutz campus

Application Section C - Mentor/Lab Questions (uploaded to DocuSign by mentor) 

These questions should be completed by the mentor in collaboration with the prospective BSI Scholar. As a professional courtesy, start early to give your mentor time to prepare their portion of the application.  Download Word document template. The mentor will upload these responses to DocuSign

Mentor questions - Section C

Access the BSI Scholars application by clicking on the "Apply Now" button at the bottom of this page in Step 4.

The email addresses you enter determine who receives the form, so ensure your mentor is an eligible person and the email you enter for them is correct. 

Verify the information entered is correct, and click the "Submit" button. You will immediately receive an email from DocuSign to access your application. SAVE THIS EMAIL. 

You will receive an email from DocuSign to access your application. This email will contain an access code. Save this email, as you'll need the link if you want to save progress and return to your application later. 

If you do not complete your application in one sitting, you can save your progress and return later to finish and sign your application.

To save and return later: 

A. Click "Other Actions" at the top right of the page

upper right corner

B. Select "Finish Later" in the drop down menu.

finish later

C. You can use the button "Resume Signing" in the access code email you received to return to your application. 

resume signing

When you have completed your portion of the application, sign it and click "Finish." This will then automatically send your application to the mentor you identified in Step 2. Your mentor will receive an email from DocuSign, and they can follow instructions in that email to access your application. 

After receiving email from DocuSign, your mentor will complete their portion and sign it.

You will receive an email from DocuSign when your mentor has finished their portion of the application. The application is then complete

Applications will only be reviewed if both the student and mentor portions of the application are completed by the respective deadlines. 

Award decisions will be emailed to the students 

BSI Scholars uses DocuSign to collect student applications. DocuSign is an online, secure e-signature platform that can also collect text submissions and attachments. It has been evaluated by CU Boulder to host highly confidential data.