The Benson Center is pleased to invite applicants to the Benson Center Undergraduate Fellows Program. The program aims to build a community of undergraduate students interested in participating in good-faith dialogs about various timely topics and who desire to learn more about the moral, economic, and political questions of our time. Students in the program have historically come from many different backgrounds and majors, which contributes to the diversity and experience of the fellows. Neither the Undergrad Fellows Program, nor the Center, have a political affiliation or viewpoint to promote; rather, the fellows program is an extension of the Center’s mission to maintain a wide range of political, economic and philosophical perspectives at CU Boulder. Financial support for the Undergraduate Fellows Program is generously provided by the Tina Snider Foundation and John J. Wehman Scholarship Fund.
The application for the 2024-25 academic year opens November 1. Applicants should fill out CU Boulder's general scholarship application. Once submitted, applicants should search for "Benson Center Undergraduate Fellows Program Scholarship" to apply. The application will close on March 15. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Spring 2024 awards may be available based on funding availability. Please contact email@example.com by December 1 if interesterd.
Applicants should be interested in the mission of the Center and be prepared to commit to at least four Center-sponsored events during the academic year. In order to qualify for the spring stipend, students should attend at least two Center events in the fall semester. The purpose of the Fellowship Program is for students to engage with one another, CU faculty, and visiting lecturers, academics, and business leaders in a way they may not necessarily have in a traditional academic setting. Student participation is therefore vital to the success and continuation of the program. In this spirit, in-person attendance is preferred for undergraduate fellows. The Center recognizes and supports the academic pursuits of undergraduate students, and we ask that students who are unable to meet this requirement in the fall semester reach out to Center staff to make alternative arrangements.
Students who participate in the program will receive a $3,000 stipend, with $1,500 awarded in the fall semester and $1,500 awarded in the spring semester provided students actively participate in Center events as described above. In addition to the stipend, Undergraduate Fellows will be given priority for student grants such as the John J. Wehman Scholarship, Internship and Language Study Grants, financial support for CU in DC internships, and are welcome to submit individual grant requests to support research and other academic pursuits. Undergraduate Fellows can take advantage of other privileges offered by the Center, such as participating in discussions with visiting scholars, advance notice of student-focused events, and the ability to reserve space in the Center for academic purposes.
Undergraduate fellowships can be renewed, but students must apply each year in order to be eligible. Students must be enrolled in classes in order to receive the scholarship. Students graduating in the fall term are welcome to apply for a one-semester fellowship and will receive $1,500. Incoming freshman are welcome to apply!
Interested applicants should apply by March 15, 2024. Students will be notified of the status of their application by May 1. Please direct questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.