Benson Center student grants are open to both undergraduates and graduates

Benson Center student grants are awarded through the CU Boulder Scholarship Application service. The service accepts applications through a common platform, available at Please check there for the latest submission deadlines and requirements.

The Center offers three types of student scholarships:

DEADLINE EXTENDED! The John J. Wehman Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are working in the areas of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Preference may be given to applicants who can demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid. Scholarship awards are made in the early fall, and students serve as Wehman Scholars through the academic year. Awardees automatically become Benson Center Undergraduate Fellows.  Amount: $1500, renewable. NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPT. 30, 2022 More information

The Harper PhD Fellowship is awarded to CU Boulder PhD students who commit to year-long participation in the Center’s programming, annual theme, and the larger goal of fostering intellectual diversity and dialogue on the campus and in the broader community. The fellowship is worth $4,000 and is made possible through a generous donation by June Harper.   More information

Internship and Language Study Grants are awarded to undergraduate or graduate students at CU Boulder. The internship grant helps subsidize a summer internship, paid or unpaid, that relates to the Center’s mission, including law, government, public policy and education. For example, internships can be based in our nation’s capital, government offices, think tanks, political organizations, or nonprofit organizations. The language grant  supports students studying languages associated with Western civilization. Students are expected to enroll in a CU Boulder summer class, although other arrangements are possible when the required classes are not available. Grants awards are $1000 each.  More information

Some students may wish to use the Benson Center grants as matching funding for a work-study award. These students must apply for work-study funding More informationthrough the CU student employment office (the application is typically released in March) and procure a work-study position/supervisor on campus. Participating students must complete both their work-study and their scholarship requirements.  

The Benson Center also partners with the CU in D.C. program to support semester-long internships in our nation's capital, putting classroom learning into real world action. Please contact the CU in D.C. program directly for more information:

2021-22 Student Grantee

Grant Type

Amber Lashbaugh

CU in D.C. internship - Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP (law firm and legal services)

Sara Hagos

CU in D.C. internship – Foreign Policy for America (nonpartisan advocacy organization)

Genasee Worman

CU in D.C. internship - 826DC (arts education nonprofit)