CBR FellowsThis fellowship is designed for a cohort of 3-5 PhD students; students from all academic departments at CU Boulder are eligible to participate. The purpose is to train a generation of scholars in the practices and principles of community-based research (CBR). 

Overview of Community-Based Research (CBR)

In CBR, university researchers collaborate with people directly impacted by an issue to formulate a research project or creative project that examines an issue of public concern. Guided by values of equity and participation, CBR teams draw on varied forms of expertise and collectively decide on goals and methods with the aim of producing public knowledge that builds capacity for the partner organization and/or contributes to social change.

See here for examples of Fellowship projects from previous years, which included students from Mechanical Engineering, Education, Computer Science, and Geography. We give priority to partnerships with people or organizations working with historically marginalized communities or projects that work to promote equity. Because we want to encourage graduate students to align CBR with their academic training and traditions, we are open to a range of types of projects. Although the language of community-based research tends to prioritize social science or citizen science methods, we welcome applications from the arts and humanities which characterize their research as creative work.

*Through a partnership with the Center for STEM Learning (CSL), some fellowships will be awarded to CBR applicants whose work also fits the priorities of the CSL Chancellor’s Fellowship. Fellows will not be able to receive more than one award total. See here for information about the CSL Chancellor’s Fellowship.


CBR FellowsBenefits to CBR Graduate Fellows

  • Professional development and training to become skilled practitioners of CBR

  • Membership in ongoing scholarly cohort community and introduction to national network of engaged scholars

  • Equivalent of .25 Graduate RAship for Fall and Spring semesters 2019-20, including up to 6 tuition reimbursement credits. (We offer some flexibility about the timing of how these funds can be allocated)

  • Eligibility to apply for additional funds for materials or community partner stipends depending on project needs (up to $500 per project)

Learn more about the 2018-19 cohort of CBR Fellows here.

Read the call for 2019-20 CBR Graduate Fellows here.