The Benson Center funds research and educational initiatives that contribute to critical reflection on the development of Western civilization. All CU Boulder faculty (including instructors) are eligible to apply. During the 2019–20 academic year, the Benson Center awarded 26 faculty grants totaling $33,175. Deadlines are September 1, December 1, and March 1. 

We are particularly interested in funding initiatives of the following kinds:

  • Scholarly Lecturers
  • Public Lectures
  • Conferences
  • Educational Initiatives
  • Outreach visits to local schools, retirement communities, etc.

Other sorts of initiatives may also be eligible, but we do not fund faculty travel to other places. 

Applications should consist of the following materials:

  1. The mandatory application form (available here);
  2. A narrative explaining the proposal;
  3. A concise budget;
  4. Information (a short CV, for instance) about visiting speakers (if any), including preliminary visit dates

All of this information should be submitted via email to  We prefer, if possible, that you submit all of the elements of the application as a single .pdf document, with the pages ordered according to the above list. 

There are three rounds of grants each year, with the following deadlines:

  • September 1 
  • December 1
  • March 1

 If there is an urgent need for a funding decision prior to a deadline, please request off-cycle consideration in the application.

Would-be applicants should feel free to consult with the Center director in advance about the feasibility of their proposal. 

Faculty grants require a brief report upon conclusion of the activity. Reports should also include any marketing and hopefully a good photo or two from the event. Please click here to access the report template, upload photos, and to submit the report. 


The Benson Center recently awarded 10 faculty grants totaling $17,004.00 in its Winter 2020 award cycle. spring 2020 faculty grant awardees list

The Benson Center recently awarded 13 faculty grants totaling $12,670 in its Fall 2019 award cycle.fall 2019 faculty grant awardees list

Team Teaching Grants

The Benson Center has received funding to support team teaching across the College of Arts and Sciences.  In collaboration with the College, we’re seeking proposals for  AY2020-21. They can be within a department, or across departments. Each participating faculty member will receive full credit for the course, and additional funds will be made available to bring in external visitors or otherwise improve the classroom experience.  The main restrictions are that: 

  • it must be an undergraduate course, with preference for lower-level courses;
  • the course should showcase how faculty who hold contrasting points of view can engage constructively on controversial topics; and
  • the topic should be the subject of reasonably well-known controversy -- specialized disputes within a discipline do not qualify.

Applications and queries should be sent to Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, as funding permits. There is no deadline.

Click here for details.