The Center for Humanities & the Arts' MFA/MM Excellence in Creative Research Microgrant is designed to support the creative practice of CU Boulder MFA/MM students. Examples of support include (but are not limited to): materials, equipment or other pre/post-production purchases, facility rental fees, virtual conference/course/residency registration fees (if you are applying to a conference where you are presenting your own work, please apply for GRADE), honoraria for dancers, composers, directors, choreographers, etc. that cannot otherwise be covered by your department, etc. 


November 5, 2023

March 10 (extended), 2024


Award amounts range from $250-$1000, determined by proposal and budget submitted


Open to MFA/MM students in the following degree programs:

AAH – MFA in Art Practices
CMCI – MFA in Interdisciplinary Documentary Media Practices
ENGL – MFA in Creative Writing
THDN – MFA in Theater & Dance
COM – Master of Music

If you believe your creative research is applicable to receive financial support but doesn't fall into one of these programs, please apply and explain why in your proposal


  • While proposals do not need to be tied to thesis projects, priority will be given to projects that enable students to work on and complete their capstone projects. You may submit an application at any time during your MFA/MM career
  • Projects need to be funded during the current academic year
  • We are intentionally keeping the language open to support the varying needs of CU Boulder’s MFA/MM students. If you have questions, please ask! Our hope is to support expenses that your department cannot internally fund in full
  • Students are limited to one MFA/MM Excellence in Research award per academic year
  • A detailed budget and advisor approval are required. 

Application Procedure

  • Proposal and Budget: Up to a 3-page PDF (single or double spaced). Include a detailed budget and links to work/websites where applicable. PDF file must be less than 2 MB.
  • Supporting Documents (optional): Upload supporting documents such as mockups, receipts, email confirmations, resumes if seeking honoraria support, etc. PDF file smaller than 2MB. 
  • Complete the Application Form


Selection Criteria

Applications are reviewed by a rotating committee. The excellence of the project is the main criterion for selection. 


  • Within one month of the completion of the grant period, recipients are required to submit a final report summarizing the project and describing the impact on your research.
  • Acknowledgment of the Center for Humanities & the Arts (CHA) is required on all promotional/published materials for projects funded by the CHA. Use this language for credit: “This project is supported, in part, by a grant from the Center for Humanities & the Arts”
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